review: Crow Planet

(Being a review of an entire book in which the author spends the whole thing watching, taking care of, interacting with, and loving a young disabled crow, also clearly loved by its parents and loving its life in turn, and in which the author ends the book with exactly the same amount and degree ofContinue reading “review: Crow Planet”

Review: Japanese Wonder Crochet

In amidst a year+ of working from home and having umpteen gazillion video conferences a week, I’ve discovered a) it reduces my wardrobe needs to about zero, and b) it makes focusing on small stitches for both clothes sewing and embroidery much more difficult. I’m not sewing clothes at all right now, and I nowContinue reading “Review: Japanese Wonder Crochet”

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”

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”

Review: Women in Clothes

Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti My rating: 2 of 5 stars I finally finished this book. It took me several months to make my way through it; this was not, for me, a pick-it-up-and-finish-it-in-one-go kind of book. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; I have a lot of books in the slow-read category thatContinue reading “Review: Women in Clothes”

Review: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science

Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni My rating: 4 of 5 stars The first 25% of the book did nothing for me. It was a very dry recitation of the climate facts I already know, in graphic novel format. If you’re the kind of person who gets most of yourContinue reading “Review: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science”

Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr My rating: 2 of 5 stars Boy, am I ever glad I didn’t pay for this. Mohr’s heart is in the right place. She wanted to write a book that would help women overcome a lifetime of┬ásocialization and learn to believe in ourselves,Continue reading “Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message”