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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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The Real World of Technology (Paperback, 1999, Anansi) 4 stars

In this expanded edition of her bestselling 1989 CBC Massey Lectures, renowned scientist and humanitarian …

very insightful in a short space

4 stars

Impressive set of lectures on the societal implications of technology - broadly, from ancient metalworking to sewing machines to electrification to military industrial arms - from a feminist pacifist horizontalist perspective. Franklin highlights ways in which technical choices obscure moving from holistically artisan to hierarchical control, from biological growth and uncertainty to manufacturing's obliviousness to context, and the false claims of liberation or ease from the introduction of new tech which turns to exploitation and makes us dependent on industrial supply and control.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (2021, Tordotcom) 4 stars

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; …

inner calm out there

4 stars

A solarpunk world that has learned to be content and self-limiting, an unsatisfied uncertain monk who offers an ear to people's worries and exhaustions, on a charming journey seeking purpose beyond needs. A wholesome meditation on a positive future.

We Are Satellites (Paperback, 2021, Berkley Pub Group, Berkley) 4 stars

From award-winning author Sarah Pinsker comes a novel about one family and the technology that …

well-meaning, lightly speculative

3 stars

A warmly thoughtful and engaged family pulled in all directions as society's definition of "neurotypical" shifts beneath them. Seems YA in many respects, extent of conflicts and constrained depths.

America On Fire (2021) 4 stars

What began in spring 2020 as local protests in response to the killing of George …

superb history

4 stars

Two complementary points framing Black Lives Matter: 1) riot is a political act, even school kids rebelling should be seen as political actors, and 2) in America since 1968 black riots have largely and persistently been a political response to above-the-ordinary cases of police oppression. In clear relatable re-countings of riots mostly on the periphery, Hinton places today's steady beat of police killings, riots, and further militarized and ganged violence from police maintaining white power in an unaddressed lineage, making the same unheard demands for reform, investment, and fairness all these years.

Lolita (Hardcover, 1992, Alfred A. Knopf) 5 stars

Lolita is a 1955 novel written by Russian-American novelist Vladimir Nabokov. The novel is notable …

A struggle, hard to recommend

4 stars

But incredible literature, depictions of its US setting and mentality and humor. It's perverse, but the real discomfort for me is the strong identification and visibility of misuse of human beings and selfish power in so many relationships.