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When the Western world talks about World War II, it mostly means the European conflict. "Present-day American public debates remain largely ill-informed about Asian politics and history," author Gary J. Bass says. For LitHub, he created a reading list of well-researched, fair-minded books that center the Asian experience, including "Hiroshima Notes" by Kenzaburo Oe and "Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II" by Rana Mitter.
Season of the Witch: The Book of Goth - Cathi Unsworth
This new book traces the history of goth (primarily in the UK, with some detours into Australia and the US) against the backdrop of the social history of the Thatcher years, intertwining the history of Marc Almond and Soft Cell with that of the HIV epidemic and Section 28, recalling the roots of the Sisters of Mercy in the more politically-committed scene that gave the world Gang of Four and the Mekons, or the story of the miners' union running through the whole narrative
One of the things I liked about this book was also that it incorporates a lot of bands that aren't really considered goth per se, from The Mob to the Cardiacs. I don't really see it with the Cardiacs, but I love the idea of thinking of The Mob as a goth band - I had always seen them as "depressive anarchopunk" - they're one of my favorite bands, and there is definitely a certain something there that's kind of gothy
One weakness I'd say is that, in its zeal to present goth as a sort of resistance to Thatcherism, it avoids exploring neofolk, because that would trouble the narrative. And while not all neofolk is fascist (Legendary Pink Dots are lefties), a lot of the founding bands either are (Di6, Sol Invictus) or flirted with certain fascist ideas at one point, even if they later abandoned them (C93). A lot of bands that are very very close to this scene but just outside of it, such as the Lemon Kittens, Nurse With Wound, or Theatre of Hate, are profiled here, so the avoidance feels intentional. And sure, I can understand why someone would not want to profile Death in June out of personal distate or to not give them oxygen, but it is still part of the story of goth, the subculture has its dark side and it's worth acknowledging
At the end of the day, a music book is worth reading if it gets you to revisit records you haven't listened to in a while and hear them with new ears, or turn you on to new music. And I had never really gotten into New Model Army before, and now I love them
OK, it's official - 37% in and I love @scalzi KPS. Even if the last 2/3 is worse than anything Dan Brown ever inflicted on the world, the sheer delight of seeing a Māori character using the Māori name for his homeland in a book written by someone neither tangata whenua nor tangata Tiriti guarantees KPS a whole heap of aroha from me. #Aotearoa #TeReo #AmReading #ebooks @bookstodon
The Big 100: The New World of Super-Aging
What happens to all of us when 65 is merely a life half-lived?By 2050, the world’s centenarian population—those aged 100 or more—will increase eightfold. Half of today’s 5-year-olds can expect to reach the same heights.
The Big 100 confronts readers with both the brightness and potential bleakness of a fate few of us thought possible.
The Man Who Died Twice
This book is so much fun, just like Osman's first one about a group of elderly people solving murders.
The plot is nicely surprising. But just like all good detectives/thrillers it's not really about the plot. It's the wonderful characters and dialogues that make it so good.
Looking forward to the third and fourth of the Thursday Murder Club series.
Reeling after a member of Israel’s Defense Force effectively labelled Greta Thunberg a terrorist. This reaction is why I think books like The Sword Catcher are problematic: we need nuance and realistic complications not “Israel as innocent victim”. #review https://www.darkmatterzine.com/sword-catcher/ #Book #Bookstodon @bookstodon
Now that's exactly what I have always believed... My moral code in a nutshell, simple and to the point,with religion having nothing to do with it:
"What have I always believed?
That on the whole, and by and large, if a man lived properly, not according to what any priests said, but according to what seemed decent and honest inside, then it would, at the end, more or less, turn out all right."
#SmallGods by #terrypratchett #discworld #discworldquotes @bookstodon #reading #religion #morality
Bookish people: I’m making bookmarks as a kind of business card that hopefully people will keep.
What are your favourite dimensions for a bookmark?
Do you like ribbon or thread from a circle cut in the top or do you prefer bookmarks that are just a rectangle of eg paper?
Would you use a handmade one-of-a-kind bookmark? (Website details in a small space on one side, the rest would be pretty, have anything from pop culture icons to scenes or florals.)
These come to my mind:
Remnant Population, Elizabeth Moon
Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Olga Tokarczuk
Deacon King Kong, James McBride
We Spread, Iain Reid
Old God's Time, Sebastian Barry
There was a poll that stated—Rowling’s opening line in the HP series is one of best in the world. Someone posted about how there are a bunch of other opening statements that are better.
Here’s one of my personal favorites, from Gabriel Garcia Marquez (English translated):
“It is inevitable. The scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”
I've just finished "all the light we cannot see". It follows two kids, german orphan, and a blind french girl, in parallel, while their lives get derrailed by the war. Somehow they manage to be true to themselves among the mayhem. Starts slow, but picks up speed. I loved It.
¿How did you liked it?
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