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Reading for fun, threads over the years of scifi, history, social movements and justice, farming, philosophy. I actively work to balance out the white male default in what I read, but have a long way to go.

He/they for the praxis.

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The Chaco meridian (1999, AltaMira Press) 3 stars

echoes of Feyeraband in SW archaeology

3 stars

Engaging and humorous academic archaeological rant, nominally about whether Chaco Canyon is the center of a long and large class society in the southwest and connected to Mesoamerican culture as much as an odd Pueblo precursor, but fundamentally about widening archaeological discussion from local site parochial scientism to engage narrative prehistory, persuasive argument, and speculation.

Hunt, Gather, Parent (2021, Simon & Schuster) 4 stars

parenting guide in form, but also more

4 stars

An American mom who comes to realize our approach to parenting - from industrialized roots and consumerist separation of kid/parent worlds and work/play activities, to its narrow forms of control and praise and anger, to nuclear family isolation and overwhelming expectations - is just weird and counterproductive. She frames this in time spent with her toddler while reporting on contemporary indigenous families approaches, and in seeing practices embodied in community her answers in translation are applicable to adult relationships as well as the task of raising future adults with well-developed senses of belonging and capacity and confidence. Pay attention to the behaviors you model and encourage, and create autonomy not independence nor control.

Toward an ecological society (1980, Black Rose Books) 4 stars

full of powerful ideas

4 stars

Varied essays on anarchism in the 70s vs the Left, mostly aimed at redirecting consciousness raising, environmentalist, and marxist strains to fully abandon their industrial, capitalist, technologist, and fundamentally domineering underpinnings for a utopian but not universalist project of liberatory self-development self-organization and ecological coexistence.