Yesterday I ran the roads on errands for work, a true oddity. It gave time to listen to the Radio War Nerd that has David Forbes talking about fascism in science fiction. That episode alone is worth subscribing for. I could have listened to Forbes and Dolan talking sci fi forever. If only his book The Old Iron Dream wasn’t just an ebook… it’s probably not worth regretting nearly every Heinlein book I could get my hands on in my youth, because it didn’t do too much lasting damage. I was ignorant of what a right-wing, racist reactionary Niven is, so it’s just as well that I never got around to Ringworld, a series a dead friend adored. It’s now hilarious to see what Lucifer’s Hammer really is, as a high school English teacher I detested tried pushing it on me. (I thought it no more than an asteroid disaster novel.)
There’s a new Valeria Luiselli book, Tell Me How It Ends. Essays on immigrations. I want ut,
I gave Rachel Kushner and The Flamethrowers a pass for reasons I don’t recall- probably her being American. Her blurb for Communism for Kids has me reconsidering:
“Communism for Kids is in fact for everyone, an inspired and necessary book especially now, a moment when people feel that we are on the verge of the destruction of the world, and without any new world to hope for, or believe in. Have two hundred years of capitalism brought us freedom? Or just more inequality than has ever been experienced by humans on earth? Global capitalism is not human destiny, it merely is. To think beyond it, with the help of Adamczak’s primer, is to take a first step toward freedom, at least the freedom to imagine other worlds.”
The Tribe of Black Ulysses. I forgot about this book. Black labor movement in Bogalusa, Louisiana. It feels that I stumbled onto it before, freaked out, and then promptly went off on another tangent.
Early Americas girl ‘Naia’ may have been young mother. Oh yeah! Naia. 13,000 years old. Fell into the Hoyo Negro aka the Black Hole in the Mexican Yucatan. There was early speculation that her ancestors came to the Americas via a Southern route.
2 White House Officials Helped Give Nunes Intelligence Reports. This Russian conspiracy stories are not going to save us, but this shit is pretty entertaining. Seeing people throw around “obstruction of justice” is some pretty ironic shit, because that’s one of the two things that Hillary was almost certainly guilty of (with perjury being the other.) Yes, yes, please run with the cover-up, not the crime trope. That works. With Flynn offering testimony for immunity and Trump urging him to go with that, this bonfire should go very well indeed.