Can you spot my bias? I put the pile together without realizing it. All of them are by women. These are a few of the books that were on my bedside table in 2023. My cultural studies.
Some I finished in one or two sittings, like No Meat Required, Fieldwork and Orwell's Roses. Others I took slow, like Doppelganger. I began it after October 7th, and it's brilliant, but there were days I could not face more about the madness in our world.
There's an aura around a book — a space where external and internal conditions embrace. What I bring to the experience of reading. There are themes, times, and seasons. Think of the experience of reading at the cottage.
Coffee and an hour of reading first thing in the morning is heaven. After waking my brain is clear and more absorbent. How often do I do that? Not enough by a lot. Reading is a refuge. It's also a measure of my attention.
Here are a few of the books on my 'to read' list in 2024. Some are not new. Two I want to read back-to-back and search for connections. There's a book I loved from another time in my life.
Buying even one book from a local store makes a difference.
Nothing boosts my spirits like reading about orchards or flipping through a coffee table book on art, photography, or landscape. In a world of significant distractions, I hope you get time to read over the next few weeks. Not just for pleasure but to grow in understanding of the planet and appreciation for the experiences of people near and far.
I've been working seasonally and am laid off in the third week of December. If you have a project that would suit me, I'd love to hear about it.
This is a stunning 2021 remix of a song that in 1984 was playing everywhere. The crowds are fabulous. So many beautiful young people.
"The song takes the pain of rejection and makes it danceable." TimeOut
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