Reading Wednesday 27/07 - Livre d'Or








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livredor
Reading Wednesday 27/07
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 at 01:07 pm
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Recently read: A couple of really great, thinky reviews:
I'm not always as enthusiastic about Laurie Penny as many people in my circle, but they hit it out of the park with Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless. It's a really nuanced and thoughtful piece about self-care and wellbeing, considering both the ways that these things are undervalued especially for women and marginalized people, and the ways that they are repackaged and exploited within the capitalist system. There's a bit of that irritating young lefty anxiety about whether one's life choices are sufficiently "radical", but still very well worth reading.

Currently reading: A wild sheep chase, by Haruki Murakami. This was a present from ghoti. It's very atmospheric, but the atmosphere it creates is somewhat bleak and miserable. It's sort of doing the litfic thing where the recently divorced narrator is sad because his comfortable but unexceptional life isn't as exciting as he might have hoped when he was younger, with the accompanying rather annoying attitude to women. But at about a third of the way through, this is looking like a frame for doing other things, a bit magic realist, a bit thriller, with the protag getting very politely kidnapped by the mafia boss. It's told in a somewhat non-linear way, so I'm not yet sure how all the different facets of the story fit together.

Up next: I'm travelling to Hungary next week, so I am not quite sure if I'll end up with loads of time for reading or very little. The next thing on my e-reader is Blindsight by Peter Watts. Unless someone wants to rec me a Hungarian book which is available in translation, in order to be thematically suitable?

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Whereaboooots: Japan
Moooood: cheerfulcheerful
Tuuuuune: DNA: Girls in trouble
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ghoti: default
From:ghoti
Date:July 27th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
3 hours after journal entry, 04:21 pm (ghoti's time)
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Jack currently has our copy of the other half of the Wild Sheep Chase, so if you're left feeling like it could be more rounded, it might be worth moving onto that? It's basically the same story told from a different perspective.
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Date:July 27th, 2016 03:25 pm (UTC)
3 hours after journal entry, 04:25 pm (livredor's time)
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Ooh, cool, I like the idea of another version of the story from a different perspective.
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From:ghoti
Date:July 29th, 2016 04:14 pm (UTC)
2 days after journal entry, 05:14 pm (ghoti's time)
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Also also, I have a Patrick Leigh Fermor book set (at least partially)in Hungary to bring; I mean, it's my book for me but it's quite short so maybe it'll work for you too.
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Date:July 29th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
2 days after journal entry, 05:16 pm (livredor's time)
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Bother, I should have checked with you before I bought a copy in ebook. But never mind, it's good we can both read at the same time.
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Date:July 29th, 2016 04:24 pm (UTC)
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What, you bought the only PLF book I happen to own? That's delightful, if somewhat annoying.
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