in life: learning to skateboard!, some new exciting things coming up, revisiting some old coworkers, developing two film rolls, the new Stardew Valley 1.4 update.

books

  • Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch. Mystery! Intrigue! Quick-paced drama! Like my previous review of his other book Recursion, my review for this one is ‘oof.’ I would watch a movie of this.
    • To compare them: I liked Recursion more—I think the writing there is more sophisticated and the themes more compelling.
  • Women Talking, by Miriam Toews. I thought this would be hard to read because of the subject matter (trigger warning: rape), but the book itself is about the philosophical discussions that come after.

    I am already aware of that, says Mejal. Aren’t we all?

    We are aware of many things, instinctively, says Ona quietly, but to have them articulated in a certain narrative way is pleasing and fun.

    — Our freedom and safety are the ultimate goals, and it is men who prevent us from achieving those goals.

    But not all men, says Mejal.

    Ona clarifies: Perhaps not men, per se, but a pernicious ideology that has been allowed to take hold of men’s hearts and minds.

  • Remember It!: The Names of People You Meet, All of Your Passwords, Where You Left Your Keys, and Everything Else You Tend to Forget , by Nelson Dellis and illustrated by Adam Hayes. This is fun and interesting. The applicable parts I might use require committing and setting up a system and practicing, such as a number system for bus schedules. Maybe other applications will come to me later and a sophisticated system will make more sense.
  • Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan. I wasn’t feeling this, but the historical context is interesting.