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Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Alif the Unseen

Ula, January 1, 2013

This is a beautiful and original story about a brilliant hacker dealing with a brutal oppressive government on the one hand and magical spiritual beings from legends and myths on the other. Wilson weaves the real world with the magical seamlessly and it was a real pleasure to read. Alif the Unseen was my favorite book of 2012.
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Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now -- Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything by David Sirota
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now -- Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything

Ula, January 1, 2012

I reviewed this back in September when I read it and it still holds true. This was my favorite book I read in 2011 so it's definitely my Puddly Award nomination.

The title pretty much describes the book but what it doesn't say is how terrifying that is. I will shamelessly steal Matt Taibbi's review on the back of book because he nails it. "I went into BtoF thinking that I had grown up in an era of endearingly mindless pop-culture entertainments, and came out of it convinced that from my childhood on I had been fed an almost endless stream of ruthless mind-bending propaganda of a sort that would have made the Soviets sick with jealousy." Holy shit, it's terrifying. You know that Simpsons episode where Lisa finds out the navy has been doing recruiting through subliminal messages in boy band pop lyrics? Well it turns out that's kind of true! Sirota goes through the pop culture of the 80s to show how it's created our present day hyper-militarism in crazy detail. He also touches on how it has created our inability to discuss race ever in any way in the "post-racial i don't see color" way. That section is not quite as long and detailed as dealing with the "with us or against us" militarism but you can't really discuss our obsession with war and blowing things up without talking about how we can demonize and objectify Muslims (and really, anyone from the Middle East, or that looks like they could be from there). Utterly terrifying. Highly recommended.
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Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle by Thor Hanson
Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle

Ula, September 5, 2011

I picked this up randomly at the library and thought it might be an interesting read. I like birds. Birds are neat. And since I live in Portland, I often put birds on things. Now I don't need to be ashamed of participating in a cultural cliche. Birds are way cooler than I thought! A whole book about feathers might not be everyone's cup of tea but if you want to nerd out on feather trivia and evolution, this is for you. The author's enthusiasm is contagious and he makes the information enjoyable for the casual reader as well as the bird enthusiast.
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Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now -- Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything by David Sirota
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now -- Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything

Ula, September 5, 2011

The title pretty much describes the book but what it doesn't say is how terrifying that is. I will shamelessly steal Matt Taibbi's review on the back of book because he nails it. "I went into BtoF thinking that I had grown up in an era of endearingly mindless pop-culture entertainments, and came out of it convinced that from my childhood on I had been fed an almost endless stream of ruthless mind-bending propaganda of a sort that would have made the Soviets sick with jealousy." Holy shit, it's terrifying. You know that Simpsons episode where Lisa finds out the navy has been doing recruiting through subliminal messages in boy band pop lyrics? Well it turns out that's kind of true! Sirota goes through the pop culture of the 80s to show how it's created our present day hyper-militarism in crazy detail. He also touches on how it has created our inability to discuss race ever in any way in the "post-racial i don't see color" way. That section is not quite as long and detailed as dealing with the "with us or against us" militarism but you can't really discuss our obsession with war and blowing things up without talking about how we can demonize and objectify Muslims (and really, anyone from the Middle East, or that looks like they could be from there). Utterly terrifying. Highly recommended.
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