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April booklist

1. 5 Spices, 50 Dishes, Ruta Kahate.
Cookbooks totally count if you read them cover to cover, which I did. This one's excellent.
2. Edge of Eternity, Isaac Asimov
I like Asimov generally, but this one had me mostly going... huh? what?
Caveat: was listening while painting a ceiling, so I might have missed crucial plot points.
3. How the Heather Looks, Joan Badger
Lovely, nostalgic, charming - but skip the epilogue unless you want to be sad. Just picture them as a family, forever trapsing about England in search of storybook places.
4. Honeymoon Hotel, Hester Browne
Not my favorite Browne book, (try The Runaway Princess or the Little Lady books if you've never read her before) but as always I can count on a story with a good balance of fluff and heart.
5. Blacksad, Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido
Visually stunning - love the noir-ish, 1940s nyc aesthetic. The storylines are great (and contain some adult content, fyi) and the blending of animal and human characteristics is just beyond perfect.
6. The Geography of Time, Robert Levine
SUPER interesting look at how cultures experience time differently. I like being clock-bound, dangit, and would probably die in an event-based culture.
Of particular interest: New York City is only the 4th fastest city in the country when it comes to walking pace.
7. Wyrd Sisters, Terry Pratchett
Harder to read this time around. RIP, PTerry.
8. All the King's Cooks, Peter Brears
An exhaustive and rather exhausting delving into of the kitchens and larders of Hampton Court Palace during the time of Henry VIII. A bit on the dry side, but my goodness, if need to know how food was procured, prepared, and eaten in the court during that period, this is the book for you.
9. The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
Really lovely - I fell for Don's narrative voice almost immediately.
10. Sandman: the doll's house, Neil Gaiman
There's a CEREAL CONVENTION only it's really serial killers and that just made the whole book for me.
11. So You've Been Publicly Shamed, Jon Ronson
(adapted from my GR review, which was adapted from some stream-of-concious twittering.)
A very timely book in this age of public calling-out. Mostly I came away with the feeling that since no one is perfect, we are ALL a moment away from public shaming. And that's frightening. One careless statement, overheard by the wrong person, one thing taken out of context - and the internet has the power to ruin a life.
The other thing I came away with is an intense feeling of discomfort with the calling-out culture in general.
Perhaps the thing bothering me most is the feeling that we're turning into a culture that takes delight in pointing out, amplifying, and publicly shaming other people for their faults, whether or not we know the full story, and almost without regard to how major or minor the fault is.
I don't know the answers. I think there are times to call people out, certainly, and things that we shouldn't let slide. But I know I don't want to be a person who enjoys tearing people down.



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Apr. 30th, 2015 11:40 pm (UTC)
Your comments about call-out culture reminded me of a great article I read suggesting that we start "calling in" people. She made the great point that the person we are calling out is a human too. I believe that there are probably certain circumstances where we do need to call people out (e.g., if doing so is the only way to protect others from getting hurt or suffering injustice), but they are probably rarer than we/I think.
May. 11th, 2015 04:03 pm (UTC)
Ah, I like that article - thanks. I agree.
May. 1st, 2015 10:16 am (UTC)
The 5 Spices book is one of my favorites! I think the only thing I made from it that I didn't like was the Creamed Farmer Greens recipe, but that was my fault, really, because why would I think I was going to like mustard greens? 😛
May. 11th, 2015 04:10 pm (UTC)
Ugh, yes. Cooked greens (except for kale) are pretty much the worst thing.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: number 11, have a post in mind that somewhat touches on that subject. Will be appearing soon-ish.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, excellent. There are so many fascinating conversations that can happen around that book.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:30 pm (UTC)
Stay tuned, although it will be a little while. After quite a dry spell, I have several ideas that need posting.

BTW, are these lists books you've read, or books you've read and are recommending?
Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
Books I've read - good and bad. :) Do you mind coming back and linking when you've posted about the Shaming book? I wouldn't ask except I figure that's less creepy than friending a random stranger. :)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
It will be my pleasure. Have made a note to do so. Feel free to browse my blog and decide if you want to friend me. I linked into you from a mutual friend, I think belovedwarrior.
Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:44 pm (UTC)
Oh! Well in that case, I'd be delighted to add you to my friends. I just didn't want to be the creepy person. :)
Jul. 23rd, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask you if that then meant you wanted me to be the creepy person and add you first, but you went and added me. I think I added you back, but LJ was down from maintenance and I'm not sure if it went thru. Please PM me to let me know. I hope you enjoy reading my journal.
Jul. 24th, 2015 12:15 am (UTC)
It worked! Thank you. :)
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