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your choices for feminist and gender-studies library [Jan. 2nd, 2009|02:49 pm]
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So what would you put in a very good private library of feminist and gender-studies materials? What should be there? New and old, the classics
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Gardening books [Dec. 16th, 2007|07:37 pm]
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In these winter months one dreams of gardens yet to be. What're your favorite books on plants, gardening, and agriculture?
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Happy Birthday, Bartleby... [Aug. 22nd, 2007|07:54 am]
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[mood |calm]

We hardly knew ye.

I don't know if there is an after life. And if there is, I'm pretty sure the words "heaven" and "hell" don't apply. That's reserved for this earth bound, mortal life. Beyond this life, look no further.

But if there is an after life, go have a couple of pints with George and put it on my tab. I'll be along eventually.

Save a seat for me, will you.
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... [Aug. 21st, 2007|09:33 pm]
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It would have been wouldprefernot2's 40th birthday today.

What are you reading?

(I just finished Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; haven't decided what I'm picking up next.)
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labor history [Jul. 10th, 2007|11:38 am]
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Can any of you fine erudite folks suggest a good book on the history of the labor movement in the United States?
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(no subject) [Mar. 25th, 2007|10:05 am]
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I'm seeing a stage adaptation of "Bartleby the Scrivener" today.

I'll be thinking of wouldprefernot2.

We all miss you, pal. Don't worry, if the show sucks, I'll tear them a new one.
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In honor of the New Year. . . [Dec. 31st, 2006|12:06 am]
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What book did you read last year that really made an impression upon you? What are you looking forward to reading in the year ahead?

I enjoyed Jokes and the Unconscious by LJ's own postmaudlin and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home. Well, by "enjoyed," I mean that I couldn't put them down and they made me cry and laugh at the same time. I also finally read Courtroom 302 by my Reader colleague Steve Bogira, which didn't tell me a whole lot I didn't already suspect about our criminal injustice system, but told it extremely well.

Right now, I'm reading Utopia Parkway by Deborah Solomon, the biography of Joseph Cornell, and it's fascinating.
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my first post. [Aug. 23rd, 2006|11:10 am]
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[mood |indescribable]

Here upon sabotabby's rec

I am reading a book called Steal This Computer Book 3-What They Won't Tell You About the Internet.

I'd like to quote a paragraph from its introduction:

The purpose of this book isn't to teach you how to be a hacker, but rather to teach you to think like a hacker, which means challenging your own preconceived notions about right and wrong and looking beyond the mental limitations that your culture has trained you to think no matter what part of the world you may live in. Computers and the Internet can help open your mind to new worlds that you never dreamed could possibly exist-or it can shut off your mind and funnel your thinking down the narrow confines of a fantasy world that only you choose to see. The choice is up to you.

So if you want to use your computer as a tool to expand your awareness rather than substitute for it, this book is for you. We need you more than ever before. But don't get me wrong. This book isn't advocating the overthrow of your government or the development of a radically different one.

Instead, this book advocates a more personal form of revolution—the revolution within your own thinking. Instead of blindly blaming national governments, international corporations, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, multi-cultural organizations, ideological beliefs, religious institutions, or political parties for all the world's problems, this book suggests that:

  • If you change the way you think, you'll change the way you act.

  • If you change the way you act, you'll be able to change the way others act and think.

  • If you change the way others act and think, you can help change the world— one person at a time.

But it all begins with you.

That's why this book advocates changing your own way of thinking first, because none of us can be correct 100 percent of the time, and the first step toward true change is admitting that neither you nor I—nor your parents, your boss, your spouse, your family, your government, or your church—know everything.

There's no shame in not knowing everything, but there is shame in pretending that we do. We can and must learn from each other, regardless of what we look like, where we live, what we believe in, or which country we might be living in. Open, honest communication is the only way we can change this world for the better, and that's where this book and your personal computer come into play.
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(no subject) [Aug. 22nd, 2006|10:06 am]
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In memory of wouldprefernot2, who would have turned 39 years old today, I ask, "what are you reading?"

(cross-posted in my LJ)
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What are you reading? [Jun. 14th, 2006|04:16 pm]
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I have been thinking about Bartleby quite a lot - while reading Faisal Devji, Landscapes of the Jihad (Hurst & Co., London, 2005) - because it's so rare that I get to read a book from cover to cover these days. I've posted a lot of notes about it over 4 days, starting here. I'm interested to know if anyone else has read it and, if so, what did you think of it?

Otherwise, what else do I need to put on my endless 'to read' list?
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