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the baroness has arrived and she is glorious

5 stars

love love love the mad genius that is this dadaist poet-performer-artist i had the absolute insane joy of discovering in my course of research on minor modernists in literature. she was the lady gaga of her time, and even if you don't read this i'd recommend at least looking up her profile/bio. (in case you can't already tell, i'm a fan)

the paragraph goes on: "But even awareness about the capitalist mode of production will not change it. You actually have to change it to change it. And changing it is a collective action that requires more than awareness. But it is an action that anybody can join."

I love how simple, straightforward and PUNCHY her writing is. It's easy to read, and I can already hear someone shouting this through a loudhailer in a protest :D

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The Politics of Everybody (Hardcover, 2016, Zed Books) 5 stars

It’s commonly understood within the academy that the terms “man,” “woman,” and “other” are socially …

Because capitalism is a system of social relations, not a person, static group, or moral agreement, it does not respond to moral arguments or moral outrage. The world’s Scrooges will not bring a pheasant to the world’s Tiny Tims. The Grinch’s heart will not grow three sizes larger and he will not return the Christmas gifts to Whoville.

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The Waves, first published in 1931, is Virginia Woolf's most experimental novel. It consists of …

modernist subjectivity rave

5 stars

a hot mess of six characters whose speech bleed into one anothers as they move through life and reflexively ruminate on themselves and how they relate to their friends and the world around them. if you like pretty writing and don't care for the deeper meaning, this could also be for you (i'd recommend at least reading ths first chapter).

Lincoln in the Bardo (2017, Random House) 4 stars

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun …

lincoln in the boredom

3 stars

read this for a seminar about the Booker Prize, and while it was one of the more readable winners, the story itself is only okay although Saunders does some interesting things pertaining to form and the concept of liminality. if you're looking for a captivating tale about life, death, and whatever is in-between, i'd go somewhere else. the white americans in my seminar seemed to really love this book though, so perhaps if you find yourself identifying with that general profile you might really enjoy it.