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BookerTalk, Sorry I missed this comment until now. You are absolutely right, I need to re-assess stuff much more frequently than I do. I don't actually deal with change very well but as I find myself running out of time--daily and in the larger sense--I'm getting the idea that my lack of interest in changing needs to change. Yeah, Medium. Basically another blogging platform where you can "monetize" articles, but you really only make sufficient money if you write about tech, sex, or self-help. If you subscribe for $5 a month, you can read unlimited articles; otherwise I think they limit you to a few per month. Now they are running a thing where they want people who write on the platform to sell get a kickback if someone subscribes through your link. Which really turned me off. Let's face it, if I wanted to be in sales, I would just go do that for a job and actually make money. Except I am terrible at sales and we all know it. Thanks for the comment and thanks for the good luck wishes!
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2021 on Changes Coming to Citizen Reader. at Citizen Reader
I just thought you were very organized, shopping already for next August! What are the odds you would have family from New Auburn, WI? Small world. Yeah, the book recommendations thing is funny. I think I'm bad at it at least partially because the way most books are recommended to me are not the way I like to get recommendations. So, although I do tend to like strong characters and follow other "appeal factors," mostly I DO NOT want something like something I just read and enjoyed. If I've just read a romance, then I want something different. And if someone I know thought a book was great, even if it's not my type of book usually--I'll always give it a try. I always like to hear about "good" or high quality books, even though I know we're not supposed to make such judgments anymore. What's your favorite genre and what's a good book from it? Do share!
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2021 on Discretionary Spending, CR-style. at Citizen Reader
Bybee! So sorry, your comment went to spam and I just found it. Random Family holds up. I'm dying to hear what you think of it. Hope you and yours are having as healthy a summer as can be expected--
Sarah, Thank you for the comment. I think "The Corner" should be required reading everywhere, period. Even more so than "Homicide" or watching "The Wire." I felt so many things reading "The Corner." An understanding of how hard drug addicts actually do work (hustling up cash for a fix every day is work, let's face it) to feed their habit, and also how such beautiful roots of community are present in the urge many people have to sit on their stoops or stand at the corners and watch their neighborhoods, and how that has all been twisted by drugs and violence and money and guns. So sad. So human and so sad.
Such a cruel world. What other people don't do to us our bodies do to us. Brutal. Wow, a series about Alzheimer's Disease. That would be a tough one to watch too.
Ruthiella! It's actually a little wrong how much I love TV and how much it feeds my soul. I console myself for being such a TV addict by trying to read a lot too. :) In another part of this book one of the actors (I think it was the guy who played Bubble, who is a great actor) talks about how, between the two creators of Ed Burns and David Simon, he was actually a little afraid of Ed Burns, because evidently Burns just totally believes that the current system needs to be blown up. The end. (Burns worked as both a cop and a teacher in Baltimore, which is part of why The Wire is so great, and also part of why I trust and agree with Burns. I always respect the people who have done the real work.) Even Simon, with his insistence that systems can't be reformed, although maybe individuals can, was not as disturbing to the actor. Your opinion on The New Jim Crow title, please?
Hi Care! What did the other reviewer say about this one? I actually thought I'd have seen more press of this one, considering the author's mother is Barbara Ehrenreich and it's on a very timely topic.
No worries! If it bothers you I can fix it up next time I log in to Typepad. :) Just too lazy to do it tonight.
Mr. CR thinks it's nuts. Weirdly it helps me not worry about my own little world here, which I tend to do too much. I've read LOTS of British escapism, including having my homepage set to YahooUK! (meaning I haven't actually seen an American news headline for a long time, it's AWESOME). So I totally support that reading. Might have to look into "The Diana Chronicles." Always nice to chat with you too, thanks for commenting!
Circle back round anytime, with wine, without wine, with snowy champagne, without... I firmly believe every high school in the world should have a one-semester class called "My Lai." There will be units on inappropriate use of the military, colonialism, how not to treat women, how not to treat humans of any kind, how not to obey authority, why you don't put a bunch of teenage guys together and expect good things to happen, and also units on the importance of not shooting people who weren't personally bothering you, the importance of talking about what you've seen, and how to try and heal trauma and PTSD and oh yes, actual wounds. Actually it might need to be a year-long course. Like vampires are even scary compared to My Lai. Garlic is widely available.
Ugh is right on the prostitution, particularly child prostitution, following "peacekeeping" troops. For God's sake, people. On the heels of that understanding, yup, more comfort reading is def in order. I might have to go big and just hammer the jeeves and wooster (or just give up and watch the TV version starring Fry and Laurie). Thanks for the Amelia Peabody reminder...might have to try that...although I have memories of trying the McCall Smith series and it just wasn't my cuppa. Then again I used to think that about Agatha Raisin. Might have to revisit Mma Ramotswe. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2021 on Evolution of a reading obsession. at Citizen Reader
Yeah, I just don't like him. Didn't know he is in fact a big pot smoker. Huh. You learn something every day. Also, he's a real shithead to whistleblowers:
But would he smoke a joint with you? He doesn't really seem like the laidback type. I don't know, I just don't like him. I don't like the way we reward these tech "geniuses" with all our money and adulation. I don't even understand the basic appeal of the Tesla brand. For one thing, I think it's un-democratic that they can only ever go to Tesla-approved repair shops (with stories like this one, Ugh. Born rich, came up with a stupid car to sell other rich people, will die rich. What an absolute zero.
DREW!! So glad you picked up "Fist Stick Knife Gun." Was that a mindblower or what? Talk about a book that should be required high school reading--equal parts honest, realistic, scary, yet hopeful, and all in a not-too-many pages package. Well, I have two modes of book recommendation. "I loved this," which doesn't happen real often, and "I didn't get any dumber reading it," which, with nonfiction, luckily happens quite a bit. That's actually one of the highest compliments I can give--I hate small talk encounters and (sadly, because I'm an introvert) meeting new people, but if I come away feeling like I picked up an interesting tidbit/s to think about, then I feel better about how I spent the time. If that makes any sense. I had to use it here because I get the feeling I wouldn't actually care much for this guy in person but WOW...what a story.
Jenny, I'm not gonna lie. This book is deeply, deeply unsettling. It also makes you think about unsavory topics: torture, corrections officers who are COs because they don't have any other good choices and are therefore unpleasant people, the truly appalling number of criminal pedophiles around, and what the "drug war" has wrought on jail and society. Whether or not you want to think about that stuff might be a different story.
LAURA! Always glad to meet a fellow CD fan. I just re-watched the movie and it's so gorgeous, New York looks dirty (but not scary dirty, just kinda of old infrastructure dirty) and cityish and in the 90s people still sold book first editions on the sidewalk (and other people bought them) and I wish I could BE THERE. I adore rom coms and often I don't even care if they're terrible, I still enjoy them. It doesn't get any worse than "Leap Year" and yet still I enjoyed it, mainly because who couldn't listen to Matthew Goode speak all year long (not to mention he's extremely easy on the eyes). Now---list me some more of your favorites? Let's see where else we converge. I would add these to the list: When Harry Met Sally (for Carrie Fisher alone); the John Cusack triumvirate of very strange teen rom coms, Better Off Dead, Hot Pursuit, and The Sure Thing; Return to Me; Ten Things I Hate About You.
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2020 on I still like Meghan Daum. at Citizen Reader
VIVIAN! I like your post-it idea...very uplifting...especially seeing as how any post-its I currently have stuck up say things like "buy can opener" and "call re: Mom's pills" or "el reloj" (we're trying to learn Spanish because Korean is beyond us). And thank you for recognizing the understated romance of the golden raisin. I'd like to be the kind of renegade who could put kiwi in our oatmeal, but we're from the Midwest.
Oh, thank you, Drew, you are always so supportive, which this (actually not very resilient, but I'm trying) person thanks you! I'll say this for health issues, they make you recalibrate your definition of a great day. Am I, or anyone I love, in the hospital today? No? GREAT DAY!
Janet, John Prine does kind of get under your skin like that. I hope you and yours are healthy and stay that way.
Kacey, Very nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by! Actually, I can never quite decide on Glennon Doyle. I think she's very, VERY good at catchy phrases and excellent, even sometimes very funny prose. On the other hand, I believe very strongly that nobody should be warriors (even "love warriors"--very clever co-opting, that, but still not a deeper sentiment with which I agree)--that we should aim higher. I haven't tried "Untamed" yet but will probably try it--I've been through "Carry On, Warrior," a couple of times because honestly, I'd like to learn how to replicate her (inarguably very successful) style. Let us know what fiction you're reading too! I just finished Edward Snowden's memoir "Permanent Record" and enjoyed the hell out of it--mainly because he is one weird dude in a completely enjoyable (to me, anyway) way, and it was a pleasure to feel like I was spending time with him. I don't often do "deep dives"--reading on one subject obsessively--but I seem to be on a whistleblower kick and am reading all sorts of strange stuff connected with that. No fiction holds my interest whatsoever right now. Don't know if it's something wrong with me or something wrong with the fiction I'm trying. The test would be to see if I have any patience for Agatha Christie, which is usually my go-to comfort reading.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Let's all just keep reading. at Citizen Reader
Drew, Nice to be sharing anything with friends these days, even if it is pleasure/pain and an ever-so-slightly pissy attitude! Hope you are doing well and taking care of yourself!
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2020 on Let's all just keep reading. at Citizen Reader
Vivian--totally agree on changing POV, by the way. I enjoyed the whole production.
Well, you never know about hobbit-seed, this book is so tiny and so cute, if you plant it, you might actually grow little Hobbitses. Mean little hobbitses, if they take after dear Maud. I totally enjoyed the stories in the book, and I really prefer fiction that I can blow through in a couple of hours and be done with. Fiction is my flighty mistress that I mainly need to look good and make me feel good. Nonfiction is my workhorse life partner for whom I save most of my energy and deep love. Is she mean? Well, usually, if she is, there's a reason. I can respect that. She is emphatically not Miss Marple, who believed in justice but still always had a twinkle. There is no twinkle to Maud. Don't get in Maud's way. Period. Maybe that's my hope for all us women as we age. Something between Miss Marple and Maud, only with fewer outright criminal acts.
BookerTalk--There have been a ton of pretty successful farm and "back to the land" books. I should get my act together and make a list. I'm interested in the subject but I struggle to find books I like--can't remember enjoying any since Michael Perry's "Coop" or Jeanne Marie Laskas's "Fifty Acres and a Poodle."
You're not doing any plundering, Brandon? Get on that. It's the warrior way. How are you doing, buddy?