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A Profession Without Reason (2022, AK Press) No rating

From the Publisher:

There is today a crisis in psychiatry. Even the former director of …

Another text I'm interested in reading because I'm not sure how it will resonate. I'm interested in reading a good-faith critique of contemporary psychological practice (i.e. one from, like, not Scientologists) for various reasons; but I'm also wary of the sub-title, which claims that it has a complete solution to the issues it raises—I worry this boldness (verging on arrogance) may be telling of some rot in the foundations of the work. We shall see…

wants to read Carceral Capitalism by Jackie Wang

Carceral Capitalism (2017, Semiotext(e)) No rating

In this collection of essays in Semiotext(e)’s Intervention series, Jackie Wang examines the contemporary incarceration …

I've been meaning to reread this for a few years now, as it had a dramatic impact on me when I first picked it up four or five years ago. I think it's well worth a read to anyone interested in the inescapable connection between racial hypercarcerality and hypercapitalism in the US. It's approachable for someone with little to no knowledge on the topic, but I think that even people who have some knowledge already will get something from this—even if it's just how well-expressed the ideas are.

Killing Commendatore (2019, Penguin Random House) 4 stars

From the Publisher:

When a thirty-something portrait painter is abandoned by his wife, he secludes …

Murakami Motifs Late in Life

4 stars

Content warning There are mild spoilers about topics and small pieces of content contained in the work; a mention of sexual assault; and something that feels dangerously close to sexualisation of a child's body

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Content warning A More Comprehensive Review of One Last Stop with Spoilers

reviewed One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop (Paperback, 2021, St. Martin's Griffin) 5 stars

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: …

Queer Feels, Liberal World

4 stars

This gave me some Big Feels.

It's been a few years since I was on a big trans lit kick (Nevada, He Mele A Hilo, The Masker, Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones, a few others I can't recall the exact titles for rn), and I think I forgot what it feels like to feel queer resonance with a work.

The romance here, the descriptions of emotions, touches and responses to touch, intimacy, sex… there were many moments that I read through a film of tears. It felt Good.

But as the book wore on, some of the cracks around the edges started to feel more Significant. In particular, the politics of this world rang hollow for me, to the point of taking away from the rest of the plot some. It is extremely painful for me to watch queerness become deradicalised and more domesticated—more acceptable to cishet, patriarchal, Liberal …

One Last Stop (Paperback, 2021, St. Martin's Griffin) 5 stars

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: …

Whew, got some mixed feels here. Some profoundly good ones, and some less great ones. I'll have to decide whether to do a spoiler-filled review or (more likely) a separate comment with fleshed-out, spoilery thoughts. Stay tuned.

Ring Shout (Hardcover, 2020, Tor.com) 5 stars

A dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan's …

I'm interested in finding out how this one feels; will Klan as supernatural beings feel satisfying and right, or will that dehumanising of a human-meets-system social horror miss the mark?

We are all completely beside ourselves (2013, G.P. Putnam's Sons) 5 stars

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and Rosemary, who begins …

A Grounded, Complex Look at Intersecting Worlds

5 stars

This was the first book I picked up this year. I think about it all the time, and it's one that I expect I shall revisit. There's a lot going on here: individual and familial conflict and splintering in loss; some of the potential effects of choosing an active, militant, radical, underground life; the close, easy bonds between people and the "natural" world we inhabit, and the ways that these are distorted and ruptured by contemporary social structures; and on.

I think that any radical—especially those interested in animal liberation—should pick this up, at the very least for the lens it offers. But I also think that those who aren't radical will find insights here to hold on to—and may come to understand some pieces of what move the rest of us.