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I love books. I used to read voraciously. Having kids killed that. Now that they're grown, I'm getting back into books.

Born in Treaty 7 (Calgary). Living in Gatineau, on unceded Algonquin Anishnaabee land. He/him.

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2024 Reading Goal

38% complete! Martin has read 7 of 18 books.

Cory Doctorow: The Lost Cause (Paperback, 2023, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

It’s thirty years from now. We’re making progress, mitigating climate change, slowly but surely. But …

In a possibly too realistic portrait of the future that awaits us, Cory Doctorow somehow manages to create the possibility of hope. I'm glad I read this. Now I just need to build my affinity group.

Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me (2014, Haymarket Books) 4 stars

"In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what …

Good explainer

4 stars

Solnit is witty and sharp. The essays in this piece approach white North American culture from a variety of directions, but always with strong analysis of the patriarchal patterns that support violence and subjugation, and ending with a twist towards the hope that never left the box. It's an excellent read.

Jessica Nordell: The End of Bias : A Beginning (Hardcover, 2021, Metropolitan Books) 4 stars

Implicit bias: persistent, unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs. We know …


5 stars

This book provides an in-depth overview of the challenge bias presents, and the many social impacts that it creates. While there isn't any "quick-fix", the author presents a variety of personal, social, and structural changes that we can undertake to reduce and maybe even eliminate bias from our systems.