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• What are you reading?

The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein.

Reread. This is such a hard book to talk about! Recommending it to my son, I said, "I remember the first time I read this, I wouldn't have kept going if my friends hadn't told me it was great. It's like yet another novelization of somebody's RPG. But that's not what it is at all. But I don't want to tell you anything else! Just read it!"

• What did you recently finish reading?

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren.

I remember being really worried, when I was the the age this book is meant for, by Pippi's embrace of Chaos. I was a believer in Order, and I liked stories that resolved rule-breaking by showing that a rule can be a bad rule, and the people in charge can fail to recognize that, because nobody is perfect; the way to resolve that is to convince the people in charge that the rule is a bad rule, and get it replaced with a better rule, moving us all toward a More Perfect Order.

Not Pippi, though. Pippi breaks rules and just don't care.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh, and a dozen other things to fill more slots in my 2018 Reading Challenge.

I'm thinking I might use this to keep track of what I watch, to? I don't know how useful that will be if I don't make comments, but I guess a list is better than nothing. So this week I watched

Sorry to Bother You. With Mungo. Mungo hated Detroit's art show. Couldn't see the point of it.
Unforgotten. That ending was nightmare fuel. I like police procedurals that depict striving for justice, while acknowledging that getting the right person convicted for the right crime won't make the victim whole, and a lot of the time you can't even do that. I don't like "You can't be charged with the terrible things you did, but karma has given this other person the power to torture you!"

Date: 2018-12-27 02:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lcohen
i tried reading the steerswoman and i thought i saw where it was going but i still wound up putting it aside after reading about half of it. usually i put things aside because i don't like anybody or because the writing is bad but this wasn't either of those things--i just failed to engage.

i think i liked pippi longstocking at the time but it never made it into the reread pile. i've never read harriet the spy which seems impossible but there we have it. have you read or are you intending to read from the mixed up files of mrs. basil e. frankweiler? because i loved loved loved that book as a kid--i reread it tons of times. (it's about two kids who wind up living in a museum.)

Date: 2018-12-27 10:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lcohen
i had to look up the other konigsburg book i read--it was "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth." and the fact that i didn't remember the name tells you something--i think i liked it, but it paled in comparison.

Date: 2018-12-27 04:09 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] isis
Hee, I agree about Steerswoman - you don't want to spoil it, but the spoilers are the cool part about it!

Date: 2018-12-28 12:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Detroit's art show was perturbing. I'd love to read some meta about it. It seems to me that there is a theme of, what will you put your body on the line for? Are you willing to degrade yourself and suffer violence and humiliation for art, for your union, or in order to get an important message out? And perhaps something about consent. The violence against Detroit's body is consenual. When the hero goes on the show and gets humiliated, that is at least somewhat consensual-- he's willing to do it because he can send a message. But the violence that coporations do to people's bodies in order to create workers is not consensual. I suppose it's speaking about exploitation.


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