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Thursday 2 April 2020

Thoughts from the Introduction of How to Do Nothing

"To capitalist logic, which thrives on myopia and dissatisfaction, there may indeed be something dangerous about something as pedestrian as doing nothing: escaping laterally toward each other, we might just find that everything we wanted is already here." ~ Jenny Odell, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy - Introduction

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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Book Study Details & Questions for Week 1/Introduction: How to Do Nothing

This post is nuts and bolts.

Time: 2PM on Wednesdays, for up to an hour Note: If I get a lot of interest saying this is a bad time, I can move it

First Meeting: Wednesday, April 1 I promise, no April Fool's Jokes from me

Format/Platform: Google Hangouts No actual clarification, but I feel like I need one, so...

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Tuesday 24 March 2020

Book Study: How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

I started working at a little yarn and book shop last fall, as a way to make sure I have some financial independence. In December, we featured a different item that we carry on our website every day. This book was one of the items. The title caught my attention. How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Since being diagnosed with ADD a couple years ago, I've become much more aware of the ways my attention sticks and slips around different things. But I've also become aware of how very busy I tend to keep myself and my mind, and how much I tend to base my value of myself on what I can accomplish that lines up with conventional images of productivity.

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Thursday 18 April 2019

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fairytale for our times. The angels have all fallen, and progress without consideration for its impact has shaped monsters who feed on human agony. In the midst of this turmoil, the heroes you have must suffice. Even if they are misanthropes and demons.

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Monday 11 March 2019

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

A new star appeared in the sky, and the world changed. Or, well… it changed enough people to undermine society as we know it. But having been raised on comic books and the idea of incredible gifts imparting responsibility and heroism, the older generation just wasn't prepared to cope with the anger, greed, and violence that is rained down.

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Thursday 7 February 2019

Across The Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

Some books take a while to get into. This is not one of those books. Five pages in, I looked up at my partner and said, "It's part of a series. Now I have to get the rest of them."

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

What Was Left: Anthology from Retreat West

"The title of the anthology, "What was Left," comes from a shortlisted story from Joanna Campbell and was chosen as we feel it hints at what is left unsaid and what sits around and beneath the stories that are told here."

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Tuesday 8 January 2019

Rogues: Anthology from George R R Martin and Gardner Dozois

George R. R. Martin isn't wrong when he says everyone loves a rogue.

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Thursday 29 November 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I wrote this to remind myself, and everyone who reads it, that there is always something we can do.

- Paraphrase from the message from the author at the end of the book.

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Friday 2 November 2018

To Those Who Say We're Better Than This

This place in time is a mirror. A mirror doesn’t show us what we want to see. It bounces light back at us so that we can see the places that are otherwise too close for our focus.

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