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Slow reader. Computer music, sci-fi & critical theory.

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Nuisance (2017, Zaglossus) No rating

This book compiles articles, essays, lecture transcripts, album annotations and other texts written by queer …

I spoke openly of my lack of respect for music in general - that I considered it simply one of many mediums which may be used as tools for communication, but I do not believe it is a particularly good medium for expressing the issues at hand that day. I spoke of the difficulties of talking about sponsorship and poverty without conjuring ghosts of starving-artist heroism, and confessed that my primary motivation for talking on a couch in a Spanish museum was financial, and that indeed I was getting paid for my attendance. I said that I did not believe in social transformation or revolution, not in the value of individual artistry, nor had any interest in pretending that "alternative" media industries which mimic dominant industry qualify as alternatives to anything. I said that we must approach "alternative" music industries with the same suspicion as major labels, treating them simply as employers like any other, and the best we could do is to steal their monies through whatever fees and advances we can get hold of so as to weaken their organizational power. And if we are to work for free, as this industry so often demands, that it may be better to reserve our pro bono energies for secretive and undocumented activities disconnected from any meida production or distribution, not out of any idealism about sub-culture building but rather to redistribute funds in unaccountable ways while providing as little free labor to industry as possible - mainstream or alternative, dominant or sub-cultural. Doing something other-than-concert. Something other-than-pleasure. Something other-than-entertainment. This did not go over well with the curators, musicians, critics and other professionals in the audience, many of whom were Sonar enthusiasts. Their comments and expressions showed disgust at my flagrant exploitation of sub-cultural organizers and music fans. I had violated that most sacred of industry bonds between "promoter" and "artist" by simply stating the obvious, that most "alternative" promoters and producers were little emperors standing naked in their complacency with the understanding that all audience support and government funding is given as part of a consumerist exchange for pleasure-based entertainment. By identifying as a thief who consciously steals from sacred alternative industries with the specific intention of not being entertaining, I became an ego-driven individual devoid of all artistry, such that politically and economically I must always be considered a potential source of sabotage.

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The soul of an octopus (2015) 3 stars

"In this astonishing book from the author of the bestselling memoir The Good Good Pig, …

More of a novel than science book.

3 stars

There was a bit too much of subjectivity projected as objective in this book for my taste. It's lovely and well written book, but somehow often a bit superficial. I am eager to know more about octopus intelligence, but there was a lot of anectodal evidence and subsequent speculation here and too little hard-core science. I possibly had bigger expectations.

Nuisance (2017, Zaglossus) No rating

This book compiles articles, essays, lecture transcripts, album annotations and other texts written by queer …

The dual role which most of us 'experimental' media producers assume: [being] equally betrayed by (and betraying) our marketability and nonconformity. We don the appearance of experimental 'saboteurs' while participating in state-sanctioned, financially bloated tourist events such as Sónar or Love Parade.

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Life on Pause (2017, Riptide Publishing) 3 stars

Sweet but uneven

3 stars

This book does one of my least favorite things and creates conflict by having one character knowingly lie to another character, and then continue the lie for an extended period while understanding that doing so is only making the situation worse. I’m not opposed to dishonest characters, it’s just that it’s far more interesting to me when characters are deceiving themselves as well. Otherwise I end up rolling my eyes and thinking “come the fuck on my dude” and it makes it hard to root for them, and I don’t read romance novels to /not root for the characters/.

The world building in this is great and generally was far more interesting to me than the angsty back and forth trust issues of the central romance. Rusty in particular felt a bit empty on the page; his sister seems to exist just to float in and out of his life …

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The Witness for the Dead (2021, Tor Books) 4 stars

A standalone novel in the fantastic world of Katherine Addison's award-winning The Goblin Emperor.

When …

Murder mystery with elves and goblins, and an opera!

4 stars

This novel doesn't follow the same character as The Goblin Emperor, but builds up that same world. It is a crime fiction in a fantasy setting and not a regular ole fantasy novel (you know, the ones that start with “Harry y'er a chosen one!”).

I really liked the main character, it made me think a lot of Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee or Ellis Peters' Brother Cadfael. He's a Witness For The Dead, as such he can “see” the last thoughts of the recently deceased, and he can fight ghuls. His “normal” cases relate mostly to ending inheritance disputes or finding tombstones, but sometimes, when an unknown, mysterious young woman washes up on the shore of the canal, he's called on to see what he can learn about her last moments… and if it shows that she was the victim of a murder, he's got to solve it. I …

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Nuisance (2017, Zaglossus) No rating

This book compiles articles, essays, lecture transcripts, album annotations and other texts written by queer …

The livebomb part (essay and annotations) and particularly the last one where there's an intertwining of futurist quotes, history of a particular lynching of three black men and Terre's commentary was powerfully heartbreaking.

Nuisance (2017, Zaglossus) No rating

This book compiles articles, essays, lecture transcripts, album annotations and other texts written by queer …

On stage, walls of sound hold back oceans of of philosophical emptiness, leaking into the tides of market demand. To actually hear all of this deafening "nothingness" and "not-ness" is to hear the First World ego - the subtextual social contents ascribed by the music marketplace in the face of personal ambivalence and naiveté among producers communally dreaming commonplace dreams.

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