reading wednesday

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:29 pm
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• What are you reading?

Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, by Emma Marris. Marris's prose is just pedestrian, neither delightful nor efficient, but it covers the ground she wants to cover, which is intensely interesting to me.

Coincidentally, I just read two links from [personal profile] forestofglory on this topic:
http://edgeeffects.net/uw-arboretum-prairie/
Knowing Prairies, a short graphic essay (like graphic novel, but nonfiction and short) about prairie restoration: what it means, how possible it is, what it is worth. "When I visit the first restored prairie, I don't see a time machine nor a fake nature. Instead, I see a place altered by people negotiating their relationship with the natural world."

and http://uncannymagazine.com/article/packing/
"Packing", by T. Kingfisher, a short story about choosing which species we're going to save.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Beloved, by Toni Morrison, for Classics book group.

I thought this would be a bit easier to read the second time, but it wasn't. It was good to talk about at book group though. I really like the faculty sponsors and the grad student who lead this discussion.
She shook her head from side to side, resigned to her rebellious brain. Why was there nothing it refused? No misery, no regret, no hateful picture too rotten to accept? Like a greedy child it snatched up everything. Just once, could it say, No thank you? I just ate and can't hold another bite?[....]I don't want to know or have to remember that. I have other things to do: worry, for example, about tomorrow, about Denver, about Beloved, about age and sickness not to speak of love.
But her brain was not interested in the future. Loaded with the past and hungry for more, it left her no room to imagine, let alone plan for, the next day[....]Other people went crazy, why couldn't she? Other people's brains stopped, turned around and went on the something new, which is what must have happened to Halle. And how sweet that would have been[....]

I'd like to reread The Fifth Season and think about how it relates to Beloved.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, for Graphic Novel book group.

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Sep. 14th, 2017 03:18 pm
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Saving to read later, Krebs's take on the Equifax security breach

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/09/breach-at-equifax-may-impact-143m-americans/

Anti-procrastination Tuesday

Sep. 12th, 2017 07:39 pm
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It's Tuesday, time to tackle the one thing that's hanging over you. (I wish there were only one, but I'm not that organised right now). What is that you're not going to procrastinate about any longer? Good luck, you can do it!

In need of a challenge, spend time cleaning and organising a surface (it's up to you how big or what that involves). For suggestions, it could be giving the stove top a wipe down, or cleaning the bathroom sink (they're totally surfaces). It could be sorting through the things on top of the coffee table or the cabinet beside the bed, figuring out what can be put away and what needs to stay - maybe you could even dust while you were at it. It might be organising a shelf on a bookcase, spending even five or ten minutes organising the things that have accumulated on a dining room table or your desk.

Good luck whatever you decide to tackle today. I hope it goes well for you. *\0/* Let us know what you do decide to tackle and how you get on.

Which Steven Universe episodes

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:10 am
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...to show someone what makes this show so great?

My daughter doesn't watch much animated stuff and had never heard of Steven Universe, but was intrigued by my description of Amal El-Mohtar's Wiscon GoH speech. If you were to pick a few episodes from the first season to help someone decided whether this is the sort of thing she might like, and you were really hoping she would decide yes, which ones would you pick?

reading wednesday

Sep. 6th, 2017 07:54 pm
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• What are you reading?

Borderline, by Mishell Baker, for SF book group. I am enjoying this although it does have a Mary Sue problem: the narrator is very important to everyone she encounters, for no reason that the reader can see. Also it is very talky.

• What did you recently finish reading?

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris. Interesting and beautiful. I would have like a warning for the child sexual abuse.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Beloved, by Toni Morrison, for classics book group. Reread.

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