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REPollock

REPollock

Joined May 2017

author, milliner, blogger at La Bricoleuse, theatre-maker, demimondaine. Mx.
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Braiding Sweetgrass | Robin Wall Kimmerer
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Been looking forward to this one! Borrowed from my dad.

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This is a good overview of how to achieve goals in a concrete time frame. I listened to the audiobook and it would have been better to read the print version because of the number of writing exercises in it. Also if you‘re not a straight white man with a nuclear family, you might struggle to find yourself in the case studies, but the advice is sound.

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Interesting with lots of good advice, but not great as an audiobook. Too many points where you need to stop and watch video content or take a quiz or something.

Image: 4 views of a bonnet I made for a stage adaptation of Jane Austen‘s Emma.

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I have read a lot of books by and about professional dominatrixes (it‘s a niche interest), from tell-all memoirs to psychological analyses. This is a bit more of the latter but with the first hand perspective that allows for snippets drawn from the author‘s experience. There‘s some appendices for neophytes—a glossary and suggestions for readers interested in exploring kinky things.

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Full disclosure: I‘m one of the authors of this book. That said, I didn‘t read any of the rest of the drafts of it until we had the galleys, and it was fascinating to read the other author‘s‘ contributions!

A readable, interesting history of the entrepreneurs—mostly immigrant women—who made the iconic costumes of the 20th century American theatre.

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My Notorious Life | Kate Manning
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Next ebook.

Cathythoughts Lovely picture ♥️ 2mo
REPollock @Cathythoughts thank you there‘s an old cemetery behind my work, and last week someone brought flowers for all the graves marked only with fieldstones. 2mo
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In short, this book makes the last decade make sense.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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So excited to get approved for an ARC of this title from #netgalley

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Admittedly kind of scared to read this one but I feel like it‘s important.

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A much-needed resource filling a vacuum in the record of performance production documentation.

Highly recommend this title for an in-house backstage theatrical library and as a textbook in propbuilding classes, as well as a reference manual for costume wardrobe supervisors.

Disclosure: I am a fellow author published by Focal Press. This review was neither solicited nor sponsored.

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Factory Girls | Michelle Gallen
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I had only vague knowledge of the conflicts between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland in the 80s and 90s (I was a child/teen) and this put a human context on those struggles. Also a great glimpse into what a garment factory in a European nation was like at the time that the industry was largely shifting to manufacturers in Asian countries.

I received an ARC of this novel from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Factory Girls | Michelle Gallen
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Next ARC from NetGalley!

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This title piqued my interest, having no concept how one might design costumes in the context of video games, & at the same time having marveled at the historical detail in the character costumes as my partner played through the Assassins Creed games.

A useful text for those who want to know more about the topic, and an excellent supplementary text for those teaching costume design & wishing to broaden the scope of the class beyond theatre/film.

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This is an interesting look at femininity through garment structure, specifically skirted garments which have been so rigidly gendered in Western fashion convention dating back centuries. A smart, contemporary, & subversively innovative look at a fascinating and timely topic. Highly recommended for anyone interested in deep dives into fashion, gender, and interrogative history.

I received an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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It‘s coming—the free, online convention by and for Jane Austen fans celebrating her life, works, and world through a range of programming events. Presentations can include academic discussions of Austen‘s works, guest author talks, presentations on historical contexts, costuming, film adaptations, fan panels, and more! #virtualjanecon

Schedule here: https://virtualjanecon.com/

Linsy #pemberlittens Can't wait! 4mo
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Jane Austen's Letters | Jane Austen, Deirdre Le Faye
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Excited to be part of VirtualJaneCon this year—a free, online convention by and for Jane Austen fans celebrating her life, works, and world through a range of programming events. Presentations can include academic discussions of Austen‘s works, guest author talks, presentations on historical contexts, costuming, film adaptations, fan panels, and more! #virtualjanecon

Schedule here: https://virtualjanecon.com/

Linsy Can't wait to watch!!! 4mo
REPollock @Linsy I wish I‘d known about this event in prior years, this is it‘s third year! Such a fantastic idea for an accessible event and I like that the programming spans from the literary to the historical to the fandom-y. 4mo
Linsy Me too!!! I watched last year and loved it so much. It looks like it's even bigger this year! Makes my littlw Jane Austen heart so happy 4mo
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So excited to read this ARC from NetGalley! I‘ll probably review it on my costume industry blog.

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Far from the dry, technical history or corporate-approved sanitized narrative I thought it might be, this book lays out the whole story of YouTube's creation, rise, and numerous scandals and devastating travails. At times it reads like an espionage thriller, and at times like a gossipy tell-all. This book draws back the veil on the powers behind the curtain, so to speak.

I received an arc from #netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Thrilled to receive this ARC from NetGalley!

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This is a life-altering book, or a career-changing book, or a paradigm-shifting book. I attended a professional conference for educators where it was mentioned in a session on equitable grading practices, and one of the other conference participants talked a bit about her experience after a year of using practices she developed for her own courses from the resources in this. It blew me away, totally recommended reading for literally every teacher.

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This book explains why--in America at least--a solo creative artist in the entertainment industry has to learn about business topics like invoicing, business tax deductions, contracts/riders, etc, & makes a solid case for why ignorance in these topics comes at your own peril. This is a valuable reference book for early-career professionals, a potential textbook for relevant courses and workshops, & an excellent candidate for inclusion in a library

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Excited to read this one!

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Important reading. I got this from NetGalley when it came out but was too depressed to read it. Now though, let‘s go.

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So excited about this book, I learned about it at a conference last month and was so fascinated with the concept.

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I appreciated the chance to learn about the different ways of thinking which have been pathologized and labeled as disorders, diagnoses, disabilities, and so forth, and the author's ideas on how people can best take advantage of different thinking/learning/behavioural profiles.

The last couple chapters are aimed at childhood/adolescence educators and corporate officers, which I admit I only skimmed, being neither of those.

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Ashton Hall | Lauren Belfer
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I have mixed feelings about this one--she confronts some timely issues regarding LGBTQ families, marital struggles, the difficulties of parenting a neurodiverse child. It's clear the author has done a lot of research to inform this novel and I loved the historical mystery storyline. Not a bad book, just not my favorite from this writer.

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The book is exceptionally wide-ranging, from discussing dissident fashion in 1970s punk to revolutionary France and beyond. Many of the books Benda uses as references by fashion scholars like Aileen Ribiero, Dick Hebdige, and Valerie Steele were seminal favorites of my college years.

This beautiful hardback would make a great display volume on a coffee table as well as an excellent addition to a research library collection.

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Super excited to get my hands on a copy of this! There‘s not much written about patternmaking for footwear.

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This author hosted a session at a conference I attended last week and I bought her book because it looks amazing!

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Ashton Hall | Lauren Belfer
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So excited I was approved for this ARC from #NetGalley ! I have loved this author‘s prior books and can‘t wait to read this one.

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Attended a conference session that mentioned this book, sounded interesting so I‘m reading it next.

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This is about factors that led to the US bungling the COVID-19 pandemic, historical instances of deadly virus outbreaks, the low-level state health officers who often are left to make difficult decisions about public health, & the epidemiologists & savants who tried to create & implement a plan for the nation working within & outside of the thick sludge of our national bureaucracy.

Highly recommended, a narrative nonfiction rollercoaster ride.

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Next physical book. Got this from my mom after she finished it.

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I read this when it came out but the new edition just came out.

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Mehso-so

I am one of the Nones, and I found this book mostly fascinating. The author uses statistical analysis and data visualizations to explain the demographics of the segment of American society that respond "none" to a question about their religion. Nonwhite and pro-choice readers will probably feel the most othered by his narrative presumptions.

BkClubCare Are Nones voting? Please vote. 6mo
REPollock @BkClubCare I definitely vote, just early-voted in our primary election last week! And he does consider how politically active the demographic subgroups are. 6mo
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Next paperback! My parents read this in their church book club and gave it to me afterwards.

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Glitter | Nicole Seymour
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Y'all. This book is so much more than I ever would have guessed. I've not read any other title in the Object Lessons series, so perhaps they're all like this. Highly recommend, particularly to those who have had a "glitter phase," fans of glitter rock, and anyone who ever threw glitter in joy or spite (or both).

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Next ebook! I admit I love books about dominatrices and female domination.

Cathythoughts Gorgeous pic♥️🌸 7mo
REPollock @Cathythoughts thank you! a florist here offers a local flower subscription of whatever is in season! 7mo
Cathythoughts That‘s a lovely idea 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
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Glitter | Nicole Seymour
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Super excited for this brief history of glitter!!!

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Unnatural Ends | Christopher Huang
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Giving up on this at 75%. Cat mutilation just became part of the plot & I am not on board for that.

This was a free ARC from NetGalley.

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An unflinching look at the future effects of the changing climate. Forewarning is a kind of comfort.

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Fascism: A Warning | Madeleine Albright
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This was an interesting commute audiobook. It's not an engrossing page-turner, but the chapters on historically significant fascist rulers filled in the gaps of my knowledge (in high school, my "world history" classes were very Eurocentric & they never got past WW2). She wrote this during the early part of the Trump presidency & it's clear she found a lot of his policies & practices to be dengerous to democracy.

(Image: Riley with a new quilt)

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Unnatural Ends | Christopher Huang
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Next ARC from #netgalley! The premise of this book sounds like the type of thing I really enjoy.

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Half Life of Valery K | Natasha Pulley
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This was a page-turner. The plot itself was compelling, but the subtext was equally so. A good portrayal of the cold brutality of a totalitarian regime. Occasionally a narrative device or a character's interior thought felt decidedly 21st-century/Western, but it was never enough to disrupt my suspension of disbelief or investment in the characters/outcome. I received an ARC from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

(Pictured: Riley)

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Half Life of Valery K | Natasha Pulley
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The subtext in this is just as engrossing as the narrative.

(Image: Riley in his shark bed.)

Sleepswithbooks That shark head looks like a great place to hide out from people!!! 7mo
REPollock @Sleepswithbooks he only rarely goes inside it—this was maybe only the third time we‘ve seen him do it! 😂 7mo
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Half Life of Valery K | Natasha Pulley
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Got an ARC of this from #netgalley and it‘s a real page-turner!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌸 8mo
REPollock @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks they‘re from my coworker‘s yard! 7mo
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Another Goodreads giveaway win. Heard great things about this one.

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This is an invaluable documentation of the onset of the pandemic & its effects on theatre-makers across the US and UK. Lots of representation of different voices, as well as a range of theatre leaders--artistic directors, playwrights, cultural eventsmakers, directors, performers, & dramaturgs. I loved reading how they all were coping with the pandemic's effect on the field in those early days. Highly recommend, my copy is full of highlights now.

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I actually won a copy of this on a goodreads giveaway. We‘ll see if it is worth the time.

Image: lasercut leather armor project made by one of my graduate students., Athene Wright.

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Fascism: A Warning | Madeleine Albright
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Next audiobook!

StaceGhost I like your grower! What brand is this? 8mo
Seekingtardis I just set mine up this weekend and I‘m so excited to get to this point!!!! 8mo
REPollock @StaceGhost AeroGarden! I love it. 8mo
REPollock @Seekingtardis I‘ve had this one for over a year, it‘s fantastic! 8mo
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