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Mon, Nov. 28th, 2016, 10:06 am
Fiction is a refuge

Sorry I've been AWOL.  Still depressed and angry, and planning on staying so for a while.  But I have also done some reading.

Pride of Baghdad (Vaughan/Henrichon)Collapse )

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Wed, Nov. 9th, 2016, 11:28 pm
America broke my heart

Thanks, DW/LJ folks.  This is the only feed I've been able to keep open.  I think Hillary Clinton would be proud of what I see here: kindness to ourselves, determination to fight as hard as we can for everyone at risk.  I'm sad and scared and ashamed but I'm not done.  I love you.

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Tue, Nov. 1st, 2016, 01:53 pm
Lots of nonfiction

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How to run a condo associationCollapse )

about ISISCollapse )Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Adorable stories from the making of The Princess Bride. Fun for fans.

masculinity in American literature (and a little law)Collapse )

Antony Beevor, The Second World War: Huge history of the war in Asia and Europe. Doesn’t skimp on brutality—cannibalism shows up in multiple areas, though only as a deliberate military tactic on the part of the Japanese. Military miscalculation happens on both sides, but, as someone said, the Americans don’t solve problems, they overwhelm them.

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J.R. McNeill, The Great Acceleration: Compilation of evidence about the anthropocene—how humans have changed the planet in terms of energy consumption, population growth, species extinction and displacement, urbanization, air quality/water quality/warming, etc. We’ve made a big bet that we can change all this and survive; our grandchildren may discover how that pays off.

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Elaine Khosrova, Butter: A Rich History: Free early reviewer book. I was hoping this would be a cute little one-item history of the world, but it’s really just about how butter was and is made, with a few jaunts to other countries to see how goat, yak, etc. butter is and was made, along with a defense of fat (v. carbs) and lot of recipes at the end. If you want some butter-heavy recipes, including most of the key French sauces, then go for it.

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Mon, Oct. 31st, 2016, 05:53 pm
Random observations and some fiction

1. Lucifer is very satisfying to me right now. Maze and Chloe as roommates is exactly the fanservice I desired.

2. I love gothy covers of Sarah McLachlan’s Possession, but it occurs to me that they are a bit mansplainy. She did, after all, know that she was writing about a stalker.

3. Words cannot really describe how much I want a Farscape vid to Murdering Stravinsky.  Dining on each other! Dressing up as fascists! Killing off the past to make the future last!  Dancing on the coals!

Elliott Kay, Seanan McGuire, Sarah J. MaasCollapse )

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