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Editor Jordan Pavlin says historical fiction “has a unique ability to elicit deep compassion and empathy,” and I can’t help but wonder if that isn’t the precise reason the people leading the call for book bans want these books gone. πŸ“š

Finished reading: Borderland edited by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold πŸ“š

The beginnings of woodland goth. I love it, of course.

Finished reading: The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by A.J. Jacobs πŸ“š

Great fun with some good insights for the rest of life, not just puzzles.

“…anger is counterproductive to puzzle solving. And to problem solving in general.” A. J. Jacobs in The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life

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I’m extra psyched about July’s Atlas Obscura Finding Wonder book club pick, The Brilliant Abyss by Helen Scales. It’s got that perfect new paperback smell and is about the deep ocean, a place that fascinates me. πŸ“š

Currently reading: Borderland 1 by Terri Windling πŸ“š

Continuing my deep dive into woodland goth.

Currently reading: The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life by A.J. Jacobs πŸ“š

This is the June pick for the Atlas Obscura book club at Literati. Great fun!

In our work team meeting today we spent a significant chunk of time discussing the history of Star Trek fanfic and its trajectory from zines to web to fanbound books. And it ended up being relevant to work stuff. I love my job. πŸ––πŸ»πŸ“š

Want to read: Meet Me by the Fountain by Alexandra Lange πŸ“š

πŸ”– The Bullet Journal blog has a great interview with Tiago Forte, author of Building a Second Brain, which comes out today. I hope to get a full review up soon. Lots of good stuff in this book, will be revelatory for some & leveling up for others. πŸ“š

This is the website of Kimberly Hirsh. The subtitle of this site comes from the description of woodland goth on the Aesthetics wiki.

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We must acknowledge that much of what we know of this country today, including its culture, economic growth, and development throughout history and across time, has been made possible by the labor of enslaved Africans and their ascendants who suffered the horror of the transatlantic trafficking of their people, chattel slavery, and Jim Crow. We are indebted to their labor and their sacrifice, and we must acknowledge the tremors of that violence throughout the generations and the resulting impact that can still be felt and witnessed today. I thank Dr. Terah β€˜TJ’ Stewart for the text of this labor acknowledgement.