Book log

Aug. 14th, 2014 12:45 pm
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One of the things I find the most useful and awesome about reading people's journals is reading their book logs. I am not a big fan of goodreads and I don't find amazon reviews to be helpful in general. I like to know what people I know think about books. and I was thinking maybe I'd go back to posting my own book log a bit more regularly. Prepare yourself.

For now, the last few books I've read:

Whipping Girl by Julia Serano )

Instead of jumping right to the next Serano book, I took a break and read Living Nonviolent Communication )

(Then I spent two weeks reading Captain America/Winter Soldier fanfic. My favorites so far are this fic in which Bucky is actually a member of the Communist Party and challenges Tony on capitalism and politics, and also this fic, which I linked on Twitter, which is about Steve making a YouTube video about braiding Bucky's hair.)

And now, today, I am once again on an Amtrak train headed to NYC -- this time to visit my nine-month-old nephew and eat some NY pizza. The train was late and we sat at the station for a while, so I sobbed my way through Women of Valor: Polish Resisters to the Third Reich by Joanne D. Gilbert -- basically it is transcribed oral history of four 90-something Jewish women who fought the Nazis during WWII. On the ground. In Poland/Russia/Germany/Hungary. Good thing I got a seat by myself. I didn't bring tissues so I am wiping up my tears with my plaid pajama pants. This is exactly the book I longed to read when I was an nine-year-old kid in the basement of my shul reading my way through the shul's Jewish history library. Not Gentiles being heroic and saving the Jews, but Jewish people fighting to save themselves, organizing factions of resistance, smuggling people out of ghettoes and death camps -- totally recommended.

Although... I mean, obviously the shoah was awful and horrific, but every time a historian remarks that it was "unprecedented" or "unimaginable" I'm kind of like... did no one else learn about what happens when settlers colonize land? Like, okay, no, the settlers colonizing the USA did not consider it a "world war" but they basically did the same thing to the Native Americans that was done to the Jews (and others, yes, I know) during WWII. Like... on purpose. Genocide is not a new thing. Systemized genocide is not a new thing. I think some of these historians are not very good at their job.

4 shots of espresso this morning was not enough and now that I'm done crying I will be reading some more fanfic about Bucky Barnes, thanks


May. 7th, 2013 04:57 pm
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For a long time, I have thought that I was seriously the only person alive who hated The Great Gatsby. I hated it when I read it, and I hate it even more now that I've read most of a biography of Zelda (more on that in a sec). So this morning, when I read this piece on why the author of it (Kathryn Schulz) hates The Great Gatsby, with way better explanations than what I could ever give, I felt great.

I also felt a little sad, because it reminded me of the biography of Zelda I tried to read. It was Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford. I got about 2/3 through before I had to give up on it. Her life was really depressing. Reading it also reminded me of why I gave up reading biographies: people are assholes.

Books I have read and mostly enjoyed in the last few weeks are Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg (highly recommended) and both A Drink Before the War and Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. I liked both of the Lehane books quite a bit, although I'll admit to skimming the boring parts of the latter.

I'm currently working my way through Broken Harbor by Tana French.

(But, frankly, I have not enjoyed any book this past month as much as I have enjoyed listening to the new Fall Out Boy album, Save Rock and Roll; my favorite track is "Death Valley," I think, or maybe "Young Volcanoes," but I love the whole album sooooooooo much. It's everything I wanted from a FOB album in 2013.)


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