May. 3rd, 2017

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• What are you reading?

Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow, for economics in SF panel. I'm enjoying it, even though it is very talky. It's not that Doctorow is bad at describing actions or sensations; it's just that they don't seem to interest him as much as the conversations about how things ought to be. I'm also reading the essays about Walkaway that are being posted at Crooked Timber, starting here:

• What did you recently finish reading?

Permaculture for the rest of us : abundant living on less than an acre, by Jenni Blackmore is a pleasant, chatty little book on permaculture gardening, and producing a significant portion of her family's food, in a really difficult spot: a rocky, windswept island off the coast of Nova Scotia. The book's small size demanded a sharper focus. This isn't going to be anyone's only gardening book, because it doesn't have room for which seeds should be started outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked, and which need to get a good headstart inside first. Really, any information that you can find print on the seed packet could be omitted. Fortunately, Blackmore spends most of the book on details that are particular to her: what difficulties her land presented for a particular permaculture practice, how she approached those difficulties, and what rewards she reaped.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I have more books to read for economics in SF panel than I will be able to get to. I have just remembered that I have never read anything by Ken MacLeod. I also have four book group meetings between now and Wiscon:

One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (reread, but from very long ago)
Shadowshaper, by Daniel Jose Older
The Blue Hour, by Laura Pritchett (might skip this one)
The Worst Hard Time, by Timothy Egsn


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