Arlie Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: I got this from the library just before the election, then couldn’t bear to read it for a while, then couldn’t bear to review it for a while.  mad as hell and not going to take it any more )
This is the first time this has ever happened to me! I am blessed with two, count ‘em, two Yuletide fics, iZombie and Lucifer! Zombie Tale of Seattle  (the upcoming zombie apocalypse) and Out of Body (Lucifer and Chloe swap bodies, excellent trope). Also, my kids and I wrote our first joint story, the end credits scene that was inexplicably missing from Moana, Guess I Chose the Right Tattoo
rivkat: Dean's arms (dean's arms)
( Dec. 20th, 2016 09:19 pm)
Title: The Problem of Other Minds
Gifter: rivkat
Giftee:runedgirl
Pairing/Characters: Sam/Dean, Crowley
Wordcount/Medium: 9076/fic
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Panty kink; mention of mind control but none consciously involved with sex
Summary: Being persuasive is a terrible superpower.
Thanks to 
[personal profile] giandujakiss for beta.

Read the fic on AO3
How you know your clothes collection is a bit aged: your “low-rise” pants—helpfully marked as such on the back label, thanks, Gap!—go to just underneath your navel. Oh, 90s, you had no idea.

Philip Lopate, To Show and To Tell: Essays on the art of the personal essay. Lopate is a fan of both showing and telling, and defends the essay as a meandering exploration of a person’s thoughts, following them down whatever paths they go.

Read more... )

The origins of totalitarianism )

the enclosure of the American mind )

The 1940 election )

What Marjorie Garber has been thinking about )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Nov. 28th, 2016 10:06 am)
Sorry I've been AWOL.  Still depressed and angry, and planning on staying so for a while.  But I have also done some reading.

Pride of Baghdad (Vaughan/Henrichon) )

Fantasies about books )

Quantum detective )

Courtney Milan )

Leigh Bardugo )

Dorothy Heydt )
Thanks, DW/LJ folks.  This is the only feed I've been able to keep open.  I think Hillary Clinton would be proud of what I see here: kindness to ourselves, determination to fight as hard as we can for everyone at risk.  I'm sad and scared and ashamed but I'm not done.  I love you.
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Nov. 1st, 2016 01:53 pm)
Sampling media, including vids )

How to run a condo association )

about ISIS )Cary Elwes, As You Wish: Adorable stories from the making of The Princess Bride. Fun for fans.

masculinity in American literature (and a little law) )

Antony Beevor, The Second World War: Huge history of the war in Asia and Europe. Doesn’t skimp on brutality—cannibalism shows up in multiple areas, though only as a deliberate military tactic on the part of the Japanese. Military miscalculation happens on both sides, but, as someone said, the Americans don’t solve problems, they overwhelm them.

Hillbilly Elegy )

Hitler )

J.R. McNeill, The Great Acceleration: Compilation of evidence about the anthropocene—how humans have changed the planet in terms of energy consumption, population growth, species extinction and displacement, urbanization, air quality/water quality/warming, etc. We’ve made a big bet that we can change all this and survive; our grandchildren may discover how that pays off.

Here, have a doomsday scenario )

Elaine Khosrova, Butter: A Rich History: Free early reviewer book. I was hoping this would be a cute little one-item history of the world, but it’s really just about how butter was and is made, with a few jaunts to other countries to see how goat, yak, etc. butter is and was made, along with a defense of fat (v. carbs) and lot of recipes at the end. If you want some butter-heavy recipes, including most of the key French sauces, then go for it.

Sister Citizen )

Fixing things is possible )
1. Lucifer is very satisfying to me right now. Maze and Chloe as roommates is exactly the fanservice I desired.

2. I love gothy covers of Sarah McLachlan’s Possession, but it occurs to me that they are a bit mansplainy. She did, after all, know that she was writing about a stalker.

3. Words cannot really describe how much I want a Farscape vid to Murdering Stravinsky.  Dining on each other! Dressing up as fascists! Killing off the past to make the future last!  Dancing on the coals!

Elliott Kay, Seanan McGuire, Sarah J. Maas )
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