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jackday

jackday

Joined March 2019

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Enjoyed the mix of personal history and non fiction. Really enjoyed the analysis of how different cultures approach sadness (US ain't doing it best) and the different types of sadness. Cool realizing how every emotion makes life fuller.

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Imagine Wanting Only This | Kristen Radtke
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So beautiful and sorrowful and immersive and self-aware. Covers so many topics but weaves them together beautifully. Kind of bleak, especially the ending, but almost in a transcendental way. Like nothing matters, but that's what's so cool. Love this author.

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Overstory | Richard Powers
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Quite the tome so proud I made it through. Loved the character setups in the beginning. The way Powers describes each gives all the details you want and need and no unnecessary ones. Fell in love with each of them. The second 2/3 of the book felt a bit draggy but overall v powerful. Def made me start paying hella more attention to the trees in my environment, which alone is a huge bonus.

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Mehso-so

Lil dense at the beginning when he's going into tales revolving around strangers in Greek mythology/literature. Definitely skipped over that but enjoyed the stories of the beginnings of the word xenophobia. Delved a bit too deep into mid-20th century philosophy for me as well, but powered through nonetheless. Not quite the pop non fiction I was hoping for but still had some cool parts.

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Such a beautiful and moving graphic nonfiction. Definitely had some pages that grabbed me and just about pulled my heart out. Also loved the insight into American media depictions of loneliness in men (the cowboy) and women (the romcom heroine), and what aspects make loneliness cool or pathetic. Such a fitting read for my covid quarantine. Want to read her other work now.

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Such a captivating look into Amazon's history and how we got to its current stranglehold on American society. Really personally engaging for me cause of my tenures living in DC and now Seattle. Fascinating insight into Seattle's fight to address the homelessness crisis. MacGillis does an excellent job of telling the broader narrative through individual stories. Rec from mom of course.

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Love in the Time of Cholera | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Took me a while to get through this cause the prose is thick and I picked it up during a very transitory period of my life. Glad I read it though - the characters are fascinating. The magical realism elements are interesting are sparse but beautiful.

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Fierce Little Thing | Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
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Enjoyed how the chapters alternate between time periods in the narrator's life. The characters and scenery are vivid. Rare that I read a mystery, but glad I got this one.

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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So dope reading about an Asian American experience after reading about a black American one. Really lovely writing and extremely sad but moving af. Not often I read about grief but I'm glad I did. She incorporates the food element so well - determined to dig into some Korean recipes soon.

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Impressively bounces from insightful and poignant to fucking hilarious and back again all within a single page. So many powerful perspectives on white supremacy, being black in America, and rape culture. Learned a lot and would def recommend.

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Neuromancer | William Gibson
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I know this is foundational af for sci-fi, essentially coining cyberpunk, but I think I really learned I'm not a huge sci-fi person. Some of the philosophical elements were cool and I did appreciate the way Gibson left descriptions of cyberspace often vague, allowing the book to remain undated way longer those most sci-fi. Wish there was more than one female character. Doesn't pass the Bechdel test lmao.

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Homeland Elegies | Ayad Akhtar
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Writing this review a week or two late, but I really loved this book. The autobiography/fiction mashup hooked me hard. Each little vignette pulls you in deep with just enough fascinating human detail to feel like a really good tv show. Shines a nuanced light on the extremely complex and contradictory experience of being a Muslim American and a second generation immigrant. Would love to reread in a year or two.

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Breasts and Eggs | Mieko Kawakami
Mehso-so

Read the full book, not the novella. It was interesting. Definitely delves into the inner lives of women with an unflinching gaze. Parts were beautiful (eggs cracking over their heads in the kitchen, the ferris wheel scenes). But it was fairly long and I definitely struggled to finish it. A worthwhile read though.

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So so mind-blowing. Like Chasing the Scream but for psychedelics. About time I had a good history lesson on psychedelics in America. His ability to put ineffable feelings into language is pretty impressive. Definitely plan on rereading sometime in the near future.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Some beautiful and fascinating character studies. Love how each chapter dives into one character's little world, and then ties them all together throughout but especially at the end. Keeping with the theme of seeing into the lives of people who I would never have the chance to know in real life. What an interesting slice of humanity, this secluded russian peninsula.

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Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Some of the most gorgeous prose I've ever chosen to read for fun. Fascinating characters with just the right amount of depth, no unnecessary detail given. Really beautiful and dark.

Love the idea of books/shows/movies/whatever media being there to introduce us to people we'd never have the chance to meet in real life. This totally covers that.

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Fascinating dive into drug use in the third reich. The general public, the army, and the fuhrer himself were all under considerable chemical influence for much of wwii. Will note this definitely reads at points as if it's been translated (which it has), with a bit less snap and forward motion than I suspect the original german version has. Still very worthwhile!

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Sometimes you pick up fiction after reading non-fiction for so long and you remember what it's like to truly devour a story. I enjoyed this in that way! The characters did feel a bit pedestrian, rather predictable though the storyline was not. It does parse complex issues of family ties, motherhood, race, and community, which was cool.

Borrowed from Brynn during quarantine.

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Super original non fiction style, very well delineated, easy to follow, cool intro/overview of mckenna. Felt personally connected a bit more to both the author and the incredible world around me after reading. Totally matched the vibe of chasing the scream, emphasizing the complexity of drug use but also highlighting the transformations they can bring about in us.

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Second or third time reading but as good as ever. Took notes this time to discuss and remember better.

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Lewis is honestly such an entertaining writer. The story and characters are fascinating too, so that helps. Really provided insight into so many different fields. Cool intro to behavioral economics.

Read while driving from dc to seattle. Mom gave to me from her collection.

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The most impactful book I've read this year for sure. Started on a wild note with an essay about a pandemic that sweeps the US. Appropriately bizarre note for this book to start on. Such a clear voice and minimal embellishment but sets the vibe impeccably. Would love to see this on the curriculum for a gender studies lit class.

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Mehso-so

A little too flowery at times and def slightly dated, but still a really beautiful and fascinating delve into the beauty and insanity of living.

Read partially with grace. Found at mom's house.

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Mad Country | Samrat Upadhyay
Mehso-so

Cool view into a totally different world but with themes and ideas that felt tangible and relevant. A much needed escape rn.

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Interesting intersection of philosophy and psychology and historical fiction. Also interestingly found out it's Ari's favorite book. Enjoyed the insights into each character's mind and worldview.

First book of quarantine.

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Awesome intro to how data models can inadvertently (or advertently) screw individuals and society over. Was going to be a great prelude to a data training but then the rona hit.

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Super fascinating look into a rather secluded country and even more secluded family. Followed North Korea in the news right up into 2019, so great catch up on current events.

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SO INTERESTING. Explained so many things I've just consumed as common sense in my almost 25 years of regular computer/internet/phone use. Definitely will be interesting to reread in another 25 years when the English language will have no doubt changed twice as quickly in the same amount of time.

Read with grace in Austria 💙

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Fascinating and enlightening. Some interesting ideas and perspectives. Linguistics is crazy, yall.

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On Beauty | Zadie Smith
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Her writing is truly engaging. She writes characters like no one else.

Read it in saint lucia.

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The Mist | Stephen King
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First Stephen King and I am properly disturbed.

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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INSANELY GOOD. Such cool essays that jump around a lot but in a super insightful way. Especially liked "Ecstasy."

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So enlightening. Perfect mix of (recent) history and narrative.

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God DAMN so good. Good as fuck. Truly hilarious and enlightening and just fucking relatable. God bless this amazing woman.

Read for Noname's book club!!

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Mehso-so

Nice illustrations and sharp political analysis.

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Swing Time | Zadie Smith
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First Zadie Smith read. Interesting style and quite engrossing. Want to check out her earlier novels and shorts.

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So damn educational and entertaining. Definitely need to read again for a review.

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Amazing. Such an insane history. Loved how it wasn't just disco secluded, but how disco was innately tied to a million different genres (soul, funk, pop, electronic). Hilariously entertaining and left me with a great disco playlist. Read with grace. :')