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gabriel , to bookstodon
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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?

morgan ,
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@gabriel @bookstodon I really enjoyed it. Beautiful little book. Quite tidy.

MoiraEve , to random
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Peter Hotez, a vaccine scientist and all-around mensch, has a new book out today from Johns Hopkins University Press, "The Deadly Rise of Anti-Science: A Scientist’s Warning” https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/peter-hotez-book-antiscience-deadly/

morgan ,
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@MoiraEve and if I could piggyback, another great book of like intention is The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, by Carl Sagan and co-authored by Ann Druyan



MikeDunnAuthor , to bookstadon
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Today in Labor History August 21, 1680: Pueblo Indians captured Santa Fe from the Spanish. The Pueblo Revolt was an uprising against the Spanish colonizers in the province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México. The Pueblos killed 400 Spaniards and drove the remaining 2,000 settlers out of the province. However, the Spaniards reconquered New Mexico 12 years later. One cause of the revolt was the Spaniard’s attempt to destroy the Pueblo religion and ban their traditional dances and kachina dolls.

The Pueblo Revolt has been depicted in numerous fictional accounts, many of which were written by native and Pueblo authors. Clara Natonabah, Nolan Eskeets & Ariel Antone, from the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team, wrote and performed "Po'pay" in 2010. In 2005, Native Voices at the Autry produced “Kino and Teresa,” a Pueblo recreation of “Romeo and Juliet,” written by Taos Pueblo playwright James Lujan. La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque produced the bilingual play “Casi Hermanos,” written by Ramon Flores and James Lujan, in 1995. Even Star Trek got into the game, with references to the Pueblo Revolt in their "Journey's End" episode. The rebel leader, Po’pay, was depicted in Willa Cather’s “Death Comes for the Arch Bishop” and in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.”


morgan ,
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@MikeDunnAuthor @bookstadon here in Northern the original people vanished with very little evidence of their existence or resistance. It's tragic, just echoes of them. Here's a rare example of contemporary observation that I happened upon, looking at old timey stuff. These people were forced into labor or killed. Their way of life was wiped out, first by the Spanish, then by the gringo.

What a visiting British naval captain saw circa 1820 in northern California:


jjfphd , to random

The thing I never appreciated about an apocalypse is that multiple catastrophes could be happening all around, and I'd still be going to work and buying school supplies, filing taxes and grocery shopping.

That unprecedented times could feel surreal and ordinary all at once.

That the world would keep on relentlessly turning even as it was burning.

morgan ,
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@SparkleTea @jjfphd @LordCaramac everyone should read The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, abridged edition. It's just one book! It's our story.



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