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trans, nerd, techie, leftist, classical musician and many more things. my reading involves the interesting combination of classical fantasy, modern sci-fi and speculative fiction, contemporary nonfiction, anarcho-communist theory and John Green books.

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Alexander Berkman: The Bolshevik Myth (1989, Freedom Press) 5 stars

When Alexander Berkman (1870-1936) - a leading American anarchist of Russian origin - returned to …

The Bolshevik Myth - so much more educational than expected

5 stars

I was a bit skeptical at first. a long diary about the Bolshevik ideology that I already don't believe in from a writers whose magnum opus I liked but didn't feel was the best thing ever. But dang, I was wrong. I learned more about that period from a single book than I learned in decades. I even learned about stuff that I as a Jew should have already known of and was surprised to find out how shallow was my knowledge. The best way to know what the Russian revolution was like was to live through it. The second best way might genuinely be this book.

John Green, John Green: The Anthropocene Reviewed (Hardcover, 2021, Penguin) 4 stars

The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet …

Despite not being his usual style, this is the best John Green book.

5 stars

Full disclosure, I was a fan of the podcast before that podcast turned into a book. And yet, this book is very strong on its own merits. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I didn't want to put it down so badly that I read it end to end in a just little bit over one month. The only thing I was missing was John Green's voice, and that can be achieved by the audiobook. Highly recommended.

Peter Kropotkin: The conquest of bread (2015, Penguin Books) 4 stars

"Le titre du livre : La Conquête du Pain doit être pris dans le sens …

There's a reason this book is synonymous with anarchist communism

5 stars

Sure, some parts are out of date. But so much of it remains true even today. There's a saying about lectures that say that the best questions a lecturer can get are the ones answered by the very next slide. Well, that is exactly what happened to me, again and again, with the chapters of this book. Most amazingly, a question a friend raised in a discussion we had about chapter 8 was answered by the very first sentence of chapter 9. Can't be better than that.

Hank Green: A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (2020) 4 stars

Sci-fi novel that follows the story of April May and friends in defense of the …

Review of 'A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I didn't expect this book to be better than the first one, but it was. The different points of view, the build of tension, the somewhat existential take on modern society, the new perspective on the beauty that is humanity... What's not to like in this book?
My only complaint is that I had to deal with the fact I couldn't stop reading, and finished the book 9 days after I got it despite having worked for most of those days, and had to deal with having finished it so fast. But that's less of a bug and more of a feature.