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.

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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. 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 )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( May. 8th, 2016 05:53 pm)
Saw Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson (in the round, rotating stage, she was two feet from me at several points and she's got a picture of David Duchovny in her attic I swear); great performance, hideous play that can't become unstageable soon enough for me.

Marie Kondo, Spark Joy )Randol Contreras, The Stickup Kids )

Paula Fass, The End of American Childhood )

Damon Tweedy, Black Man in a White Coat )

Joseph Ellis, American Sphinx )
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