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Things I've read and where I read them*

03/2019–
Golden Gate Park

The Order of Time

Still reading this one, but already loving how poetic science can be. In a weird way, it talks about some of the same themes that Her Body And Other Parties does.

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Perhaps poetry is another of science's deepest roots: the capacity to see beyond the visible.

02/13/2019
A cafe in Barcelona

Her Body And Other Parties

I love this one so much I've been rereading it. I'm forced me to grapple with the absurdity of what it feels like to move through the world as myself, and it resonates in a way that can only be felt. The way form and structure are twisted delights me over and over again. It makes me feel like I'm losing my mind in the best way. We live in an illogical world and trying to make sense of it is what makes us crazy.

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I took a step toward her. “It is my right to reside in my own mind. It is my right,” I said.

12/13/2018
My bed

Choose Your Own Disaster

I feel like Dana is my friend and I got to hear her funny, honest, deeply personal story.

11/26/2018
My commute

The Power

I haven't fallen into a story so quick in a while: electrifying, enrapturing, thought-provoking, heavy-handed revenge porn.

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They understood their strength, all at once.

09/19/2018
My apartment

Yes We (Still) Can

I listen to the podcast so it was an easy, funny, approximation of that.

07/30/2018
My apartment

Never Let Me Go

This story makes my whole chest hurt.

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And so we stood together like that, at the top of that field for what seemed like ages, not saying anything, just holding each other, while the wind kept blowing and blowing at us, tugging our clothes, and for a moment, it seemed like we were holding onto each other because that was the only way to stop us from being swept away into the night.

2017–
Buena Vista Park & more

The Faraway Nearby

I like this book so much that I have trouble getting through it. Every sentence feels like a whole universe that I want to soak up and live in. I think a lot about how the stories we tell shape our lives and Rebecca Solnit says it more beautifully than I ever could.

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Stories are compasses and architecture, we navigate by them, we build our sanctuaries and our prisons out of them, and to be without a story is to be lost in the vastness of a world that spreads in all directions like arctic tundra or sea ice.

06/25/2018
Alamo Square

Kurt Vonnegut

The Sirens of Titan

I read a bunch of Vonnegut a few years ago when I had a long commute into Brooklyn, and somehow missed this one. His books are always easy for me to pick up when I'm not in the mood to read anything else.

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The on button simply started a flight from Mars. The off button was connected to nothing. It was installed at the insistence of Martian mental-health experts, who said that human beings were always happier with machinery they thought they could turn off.

02/15/2018
Alamo Square

Kate Zambreno

O Fallen Angel

This is a weird book. I think it's in a good way. I read it in an hour.

01/28/2018
Matching Half Cafe

Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist

I should have read this years ago, but I'm glad I finally did.

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Everybody gossips, so if you are going to gossip about your friends, at least make it fun and interesting. As a corollary, never say “I never lie” or “I never gossip” because you are lying.

01/05/2018
Long Island, NY

Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties

This is one of my favorite books I've read in a really long time.

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As a grown woman, I would have said to my father that there are true things in this world observed only by a single set of eyes.
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