Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

By Susan Cain Introverted? Extroverted? Sensitive? Self-conscious? Think fast? Think slow? Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking takes the reader through loads and loads of research on personality traits. She ties these traits to the broader categories of introversion and extroversion. As an introvert, and as …

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Book Review: Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

By Virginia Eubanks Privacy is not a thing, especially if you are poor. In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks takes a microscope to three systems used by local governments to illustrate how big tech is playing a role in tracking and policing the poor. In doing so, she highlights cultural and political narratives that need to …

Book Review: From Here to Eternity

Ever wonder if how the way your culture approaches death is the best way to approach death? Ever wonder about it all? From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty discusses the methods and traditions regarding death in cultures around the world. She gives brilliant descriptions of rituals and traditions from the people of Tana Toraja, …

Book Review: The Girl With All The Gifts

by M. R. Carey The Girl With All The Gifts is about how humans and zombies alike navigate the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse and the ever-dwindling non-infected population. It takes place years after the first spores of the zombie fungus spread. The non-infected observe that not everyone that is infected reacts the same way …

Book Review: They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

by Hanif Abdurraqib I know that I stopped thinking about extreme grief as the sole vehicle for great art when the grief started to take people with it.  They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us is a collection of essays by an author who grounds his memories and insights into life and race/religion relations in …

Book Review: Universal Harvester

They say sophomore novels are hard to write and often not very good. But I found Universal Harvester an incredibly interesting exercise in writing. This book is about people in our lives that go missing, or it’s about people who have lost their mothers, or it’s about just how far we’ll go to remember someone we’ve lost, or to find them. You decide.