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Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.

He/they for the praxis.

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Netizens (Hardcover, 1997, Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr) 3 stars

etizens, one of the first books detailing the Internet, looks at the creation and development …

pre-corporate internet history

3 stars

An uneven and hopeful set of essays on the history and promise of Usenet as a democratizing and generative space for global discussion. The pre-history of ARPAnet is valuable and inspiring, as is the central warning that coming commercial control and influence would distort and reduce the forms of communication from creatively sparking new ideas through conversations to merely consuming information.

Revolution at Point Zero (2012) 5 stars

anti-globalization feminism

5 stars

An effective thematic collection of essays (1975-2011) that aren't too repetitive and yet each stands alone well, arguing from an anti-exploitation feminist perspective for housework and carework to a) be recognized as an unpaid foundation of capitalist society, b) organize and refuse being atomized and devalued under this society - from rejecting earlier feminist/leftist legitimizing of only workforce participation to globalization's outsourcing and industrializing of the home, and c) be understood as a collective social responsibility integrally valued in reproducing the society we want. A lifetime's vibrant perspective.

Ubik (1977, Bantam Books) 4 stars

Ubik, written in 1966 and published in 1969, is one of Philip K. Dick's masterpieces …

no complaints

3 stars

Sharp satire about hubris and business and PKD's mind-bending doubts about what is real and what is in your mind quite explicit here, aged better than most things of this era... and I ultimately didn't care much about where the story went.

Revolution at Point Zero (2012) 5 stars

The political foundation of Wages for Housework is the refusal of this capitalist ideology that equates wagelessness and low technological development with political backwardness, lack of power and, ultimately, with a need for capital to organize us as a precondition for our getting organized. ... Our rejection of leftist ideology is one and the same as our rejection of capitalist development as a road to liberation or, more specifically, our rejection of capitalism in whatever form it takes.

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From the essay "Counterplanning from the Kitchen", 1975.

With A Daughter's Eye (Paperback, 1985, Pocket) 4 stars

In "With a Daughter's Eye," writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson looks back on …

amply delivers on a unique biographical perspective

4 stars

Capable biographical memoir, intentionally capturing her personal insights into her parents lives and the varying ways they sought patterns of meaning in the world around them. Both of them are more interesting to me now, and the habits of introspection and analysis they openly developed in their daughter shine through here.

The thin man (1992) 3 stars

The Thin Man (1934) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally published in the …

Give me a drink

3 stars

Cinematic whodunnit, some of the turns from dialog to narrated action here are wonderfully written, I might watch the movie, but I'm ready to admit that noir fiction's male navel gazing is not my reading pleasure.

When Genius Failed (2001, Random House Trade Paperbacks) 3 stars

In this business classic—now with a new Afterword in which the author draws parallels to …

captures peak hedge fund mania?

3 stars

Lessons to be learned about hubris and mathematically-backed ideological confidence, Wall Street's internal FOMO and ruthlessness, and just general foolishness. Diversification is misleading when all the same investors are in all the same markets. Title is unsupported in this narrative, there's little genius on display here, and suffers somewhat for being written so soon after the event. The details are clear after 50 pages, followed by a lot of blow-by-blow.

Vita Nostra (2019, HarperVoyager) 4 stars

"While vacationing at the beach with her mother, Sasha Samokhina meets the mysterious Farit Kozhennikov …

creepy magic of higher education

4 stars

Interplay of subtle and disturbing otherworldly moments to capture so recognizably the transition from high school to college and the variety of struggles to grasp advanced subjects' - maybe math, maybe language, maybe psychology or sociology - beauty and explanatory power.