A terrific series of essays on the consequences of the violence and racism in our country and what we can do to change the tide.
Very excited to read this one #audiowalk
Latest #audiocrochet project finally done. This is a story of yarn chicken and one that I lost. But thankfully the scarf still looks nice without that extra repeat
Yarn: It‘s a Wrap Rainbow in Whisper
Pattern: Wonderful Shells Wrap from Red Heart
1. Call Them By Their True Names by Rebecca Solnit
2. Both! But I tend to read a lot more standalone books because a series has to be pretty amazing for me to invest in it!
3. Then, all three of our hands on the mouse, we click post.
😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 I need to re-read or re-listen to this book about every month. The final two pieces in particular are inspiring and remind me that we have to do what‘s right - and fight for what‘s right - whether we see the results immediately, or ever. We can‘t know what is to come. It‘s a beautiful, historically grounded outlook that satisfies my existentialist leanings and, well, helps me screw my courage to the sticking place. #essays
What is the alternative to naïve cynicism? An active response to what arises, a recognition that we often don‘t know what is going to happen ahead of time, & an acceptance that whatever takes place will usually be a mixture of blessings & curses that will unfold over considerable time. Such an attitude is bolstered by historical memory, by accounts of indirect consequences, unanticipated cataclysms & victories, cumulative effects ...
Cool cool! I am enjoying these Litsy memes. #FriyayIntro @howjessreads
1. Teleport for sure
2. Tagged! Need to get back on that essay-reading horse today.
4. Hasan Minhaj‘s “Patriot Act,” but I‘ve finished them all. I see that “Grace & Frankie” S5 is coming soon and in early February, “One Day at a Time” S3!!
5. On it.
Call Them by Their True Names is Solnit‘s response to the current administration and political climate. I found this collection of essays less polished than her previous ones, but definitely still thought provoking and eloquent. She brings up some interesting discussions, particularly about voting - should we aim to focus on known supporters or try to change the minds of naysayers?
I went to Barnes & Noble the other day to exchange a book I‘d gotten as a Chrismakkuh gift that I wasn‘t super interested in and ended up with these two gorgeous and color-coordinating books 😍 I had to pick up Rebecca Solnit‘s latest after finishing The Mother of All Questions (which I loved) this week, and I‘ve been really interested to check out Milkman since it won the Man Booker. Have any of you read these?
The latest collection of articles from "the voice of the resistance" finds Solnit's powerful voice in full form as she lambasts Trump, reports on the successes at Standing Rock, and finds hope in unexpected consequences. Because it is a collection of articles, there is some redundancy but her messages and themes of hope and the power of language (and pointing out its Orwellian uses by the current administration) are must-reads in this age.
This was an amazing book and I wanted to have so many quotes from it made into posters and put up absolutely everywhere. Political books that make you feel hopeful without lying to you about how bad things are are very special. My one problem was the use of ‘gay, lesbian and transgender‘ which grated on my ears as a bisexual whose sexuality is disregarded by almost every. That was a small aspect but I do hope more books get it right in future.
Solnit covers a variety of topics here — from police killings of civilians to Standing Rock to protest methods to hope. I‘ve read her books before but found this one to be by far her best; I found out today it made the National Book Awards long list for 2018. I especially loved the chapter where she discusses the importance of talking to people who agree with you, turning “preaching to the choir” into a good and necessary thing.
National Book Award Mon-Fiction Longlist is out!!!
This new essay collection by Solnit is both a scathing indictment of the current US administration and the president himself. Solnit also looks at continued racial disparities and gentrification. She ends, however, on a note of encouragement - peaceful protest has a history of accomplishment and will be able to bring the US through this strange period in our history. 4⭐️ Available on #Hoopla.
Quote From page 32.
I teared up reading this on the subway. Women who left their jobs? That‘s me! I feel like I have failed myself. That I gave up to easily. But it‘s no just me! It‘s them. And my blaming myself was just one more way that society has made me feel less than. What an empowering realization.
#citeyoursources #women #metoo