Commanding Hope (review)

(This review written in exchange for a free e-version of the book, provided by NetGalley.) *113th climate book* Climate activists tend to obsess over a small number of theoretical subjects: Is capitalism the devil, or our saviour? Is climate change its own separate issue, or the end result of colonialist patriarchal white supremacy? and DoContinue reading “Commanding Hope (review)”

The Age of Angry Women

I’ve been keeping journals since elementary school, and they are, generally, what you would expect from journals: hard-back notebooks filled with lined pages covered in a not always legible scrawl of to do lists, New Year’s Resolutions, goals I had or things I wanted to try, quandaries I was trying to work through, and ofContinue reading “The Age of Angry Women”

I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear: Cambie/2

One more Edna St. Vincent Millay. Then I promise I’m all done with her for a little while. So it’s been a busy summer, in the best possible ways. Lots of dancing, bunch of concerts, lots of time with friends old and new, and a good smattering of dating. Plus, of course, sewing. Not necessarilyContinue reading “I Shall Forget You Presently, My Dear: Cambie/2”

The Penitent: Burda 2016/10 Skirt #106

More poetry! I’m sorry, but when I was writing the other one this came to mind and it seemed like a fun poem to build a post around. (Oxymoron for those of you who hated english in high-school, maybe, but give it a shot.) The Penitent I had a little Sorrow, Born of a littleContinue reading “The Penitent: Burda 2016/10 Skirt #106”

First Fig, plus: Burda 2/2016 Dress 112B

Edna St Vincent Millay is one of my favourite poets. Besides packing stadiums for poetry readings during the Depression–besides writing whip-cracking cynical gems alongside her better known odes to springtime and nature–she also broke every convention for women in her day, and thrived for it, including a lifelong open marriage. One can’t say her workContinue reading “First Fig, plus: Burda 2/2016 Dress 112B”

Southern Reach

[Spoiler warning to end all spoiler warnings. You will find out about just about everything that happens in these books.] I have, as I’ve said before, a considerable taste for dystopian and apocalyptic fiction, moreso in recent years than previously; and according to actual published scientific research (!!!) it is not just me. Apparently, theContinue reading “Southern Reach”

Review: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World

(The weirdest thing happened this summer, Dear Readers. I made some shorts and t-shirts for myself and Frances and Mysterious Others, and I thought — you know, I have enough summer clothes now. There’s really no need to sew another dress or skirt. Let’s do something else. You’ll probably be seeing bits and pieces ofContinue reading “Review: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World”

Not too tired to pontificate, thank god

Today I am walking into walls. Apparently I have lost the ability to manage a straight line.┬áBut why should this stop me from soliloquising about internet matters? No reason at all. To that end: I coincidentally came across two articles about when and how much to care about what other people think. Dani Shapiro wroteContinue reading “Not too tired to pontificate, thank god”

Not So Much with the Sewing Edition

“Where are our recaps, Andrea?” (Because I know you have been waiting on tenterhooks.) Well. A couple of things happened: 1. A weekend of yard work and painting = no me mades, at least no daytime clothing ones. Pajamas as always are me-made, but no pj selfies, thankyouverymuch. 2. Then a sick kiddo and aContinue reading “Not So Much with the Sewing Edition”