Feminist reading

I KNEW I'd forgotten a couple of books when I did my big catch up list, but hey - these deserve their own entry anyway. (And deserve to be read whether or not you consider yourself a feminist per se.)

Book # 29 - Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti

Here's the publishers description:
Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagates on her popular website, Feministing.com.

Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters.

Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues. No belaboring where today's young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with, something they can own. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers — yeah, you're feminists, and that's actually pretty frigging cool.


Book # 30 - It's A Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments by Amanda Marcotte

And the publisher's description:
Ms. magazine, Spring 2008
For any feminist ever at a loss for words Marcotte offers no nonsense advice on handling sexism with aplomb and deadly humor, from confronting the pay gap to defusing conservative relatives.

Product Description
For all of you humming “I Will Survive” while watching the political debacles gracing the evening news, when getting an earful from your Limbaugh-loving brother-in-law, or as you’re ducking into the bathroom to avoid the date espousing the wisdom of those Mars versus Venus books, this book is for you.

It’s a Jungle Out There gives all you smart, independent women out there the funny pranks, witty comebacks, and stalwart sources of strength you need in these trying times. With her tongue firmly in cheek and her middle finger stuck straight up in the air, Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon.net) takes you on a tour through the perils that await any feminist who must navigate day-to-day life in the U.S., from the abstinence-only classrooms to the glass-ceiling of the office world.

Drawing on her personal experiences of dealing with anti-feminists—from her years of blogging about feminism and living in the woman-unfriendly state of Texas—Marcotte brings her wit and distinct lack of patience to the topic of surviving while feminist. She doles out priceless advice along the way on how not only survive but also thrive, and even how to carve out a space for your feminist self in these oft-times hostile environments.

In re. both books, I thought they were excellent, thoughtful and damn funny to boot (which is rather refreshing in a book on a "political" subject). I think gals and guys whether they identify as feminist or not will find that these books provoke thought and maybe even raise consciousness and lead to good debate n'stuff and I cannot recommend them enough. I ESPECIALLY recommend them to all the people out there who've said "I'm not a feminist, but ..." to me over the years! :-)

Feel free to blast away, but I'd really recommend reading before blasting if at all possible.

Belated - All Around the World Mix

Here is my list (better - extremely - late than never, eh?) - what can I say? there has been rather a lot going on what with quitting my old job, going to england and winding up in hospital and such.
(track order may change but ...)

*All Around The World Mix*
1. Tropicalia - Beck
2. Immigrant Punk - Gogol Bordello
3. Govinda - Kula Shaker
4. One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
5. Ah Ndyia - Oumou Sangare
6. Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
7. Desert Rose - Sting
8. Hong Kong Mambo - Tito Puente and his Orchestra
9. Zanzibar - Billy Joel
10. Marrakesh Express - Crosby, Stills & Nash
11. Blue Ridge Lauging - Carbon Leaf
12. Via Con Me - Paolo Conte
13. Les Yeux de ton Pere - Les Negresses Vertes
14. Graceland - Paul Simon
15. Jolie Fleur de Rose - Vishten
16. Fascinatin' Rhythm - Antonio Carlos Jobim
17. Milord - Edith Piaf
18. Oxford Comma - Vampire Weekend
19. Punjabi Girl - DJ A.P.S.
20. Old Siam, Sir - Wings
21. The Road To Utopia - Utopia

(So we have things in various languages, from various continents and countries, in various styles and one fictional place to boot.)

Just realized I had one element that overlaps with Kim's!!! *blush*

I am down with workout mix or anger management ideas.
Might want to start a new thread for new mix ideas? I don't know?

I've definitely enjoyed everyone's "All Around The World" mixes received thus far.

X-posted over on the facebook incarnation of ye badgerboard.

Behindhand with books

Right, I am behindhand.

Is too much, let me sum up:
Book # 19 - Living History by Hilary Rodham Clinton
Book # 20 - A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George
Book # 21 - Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs by Max McCoy
Book # 22 - Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx by Max McCoy
Book # 23 - Lost by Gregory McGuire
Book # 24 - Indiana Jones and the White Witch by Martin Caidin
Book # 25 - The Truth by Terry Pratchett
Book # 26 - Indiana Jones and the Dance of the Giants by Rob McGregor
Book # 27 - Maskerade by Terry Pratchett
Book # 28 - Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

The Hilary book demonstrated things that frustrate me about her.
The Indiana Jones books vary wildly as to quality.
The Pterry books are as fun as ever (although I stand by my read no more than 2 books in succession rule)
Not the best Elizabeth George I've read, but not the worst either
and the Gregory MacGuire book was recommended unto me by Julia and was quite interesting blending Scrooge's ghosts from "A Christmas Carol" into a fascinating modern tale on the subject of loss.

Proper reviews coming sooner or later now that we've mostly caught up. (I think that's everything anyway?)

Book Fun

I never do this but I feel like it might be important to make a list of books I have read in the most recent months. This list represents one of the greatest outburst of reading for pleasure I have ever experienced, notably since being out of school. If anyone would like to comment or discuss any of these titles, let's!

Author and then Title if not obvious
(Current Selection denotes I have them checked out of the library and are reading)

Denis Johnson - Jesus' Son
Davy Rothbart - Lone Surfer of Montana Kansas - Found (Current Selection)
Richard Siken - Crush
Joshua Beckman - Shake
Jack Kerouac - On the Road - The Dharma Bums
Kurt Vonnegut - Hocus Pocus - A Man without a country (Current Selection)
Chuck Palahniuk - Survivor - Choke - Lullaby - Diary - Stranger than Fiction
William S Burroughs - Junkie - Interzone - The Yage Letters - Letters to Allen Ginsberg
Robert Bly - Iron John
Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange
Joesph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Walk in the Woods - Notes from a small island - Notes from a big country

Other Current Selections include Howard Zinn - Three Strikes - The 20th Century A People's History

Soooo ....

We are reinstating the Badger Mix Club over on Facebook, but since I know not everyone is on Facebook (for various reasons of their own), I am posting about it here as well.

The idea is we pick a theme periodically and people who feel so inclined make a mix cd based upon that theme. Then we post our track listings here and/or on facebook and people can request copies of stuff that they're interested in.

Our theme for this time around (due May 15th if at all possible) is "All Around The World" - you may interpret this however you wish.

A few folks have already posted their mixes over on the FaceBadgerBoard and I am going to share them here -- (as well as post the link to the thread in question on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=18483090299&topic=4790&post=16078 should you wish to go there instead or in addition):

undercover_noah's "All Around The World" Mix
1. Lets Go Away For Awhile - The Beach Boys
2. Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson
3. Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top
4. Hey Dere Milwaukee Polka - Johnny and The Leisure Suits
5. Runnin Back To Saskatoon - The Guess Who
6. So Long Bannatyne - The Guess Who
7. New York City (You're A Woman) - Al Kooper
8. Rainy Night In Georgia - Brook Benton
9. Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn
10.First Train To California - The Cryan' Shames
11.L.A. Goodbye - The Ides of March
12.Going To Mexico - Steve Miller Band
13.Mekong - The Refreshments
14.Holiday In Cambodia - Richard Cheese
15.Istanbul - They Might Be Giants
16.Armenia City In The Sky - The Who
17.Landing In London - 3 Doors Down
18.San Tropez - Pink Floyd
19. Thunder Island - Jay Furgeson
20.Brooklyn Bound - The Black Keys
21.America Drinks and Goes Home - The Mothers of Invention

lornafaye's "All Around The World" Mix

"So... here's mine then. It starts from Oxford, near where I live and then, after a couple of UK stops, off to Europe and beyond, ending back in Oxford again (OX4 being a postcode!).
Enjoy x"

"Shotover Hill" - Supergrass
"Solsbury Hill" - Peter Gabriel
"London" - The Smiths
"Norwegian Wood" - The Beatles
"Bar Italia" - Pulp
"When In Rome" - Mudhoney
"Moroccan Peoples
Revolutionary Bowls Club" - Blur
"Spanish Bombs" - The Clash
"Mushaboom" - Feist
"A New England" - Kirsty MacColl
"Miami" - U2
"Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa" - Dusty Springfield
"Wichita Lineman" - Glen Campbell
"California" - David Poe
"Tokyo Eye" - Sonic Youth
"OX4" - Ride

Hopefully this will sound like a good idea and we'll get lots of other great mixes to share with them as wants to share!!!

(Psst ... psuedodate and pokeystar - go on, you know you want to!!!!

Book # 18

Book # 18 - High Five by Janet Evanovich

Had another go with Stephanie Plum, this outing she is in need of rent money and starts working for her friend Ranger on the side while trying to locate her cheap uncle Fred who seems to have disappeared. Pretty much finished it in 2 days. Will be taking a break from the series for a bit, not because it is bad (it's quite funny light reading) but because I suspect that reading too many in a row could become tiresome.

Book # 17

Book # 17 - Four To Score by Janet Evanovich

Spandex clad Jersey girl Stephanie Plum is back - this time her problem FTA (Failure To Appear) is after one Maxine Nowicki who is wanted for stealing her ex-boyfriend's car. As usual, nothing is as straightforward as it appears. Stephanie and the peripheral characters - Lula, a 200 lb ex hooker and Sally Sweet a transvestite in most particular keep this book churning along snappily (and often hliariously). A fun, non-challenging read. I have the next book in the series out already, but am a bit worried that reading too many of these in a row will make the formula more obvious and less fun ... we shall see ...

Incidentally, I have only 33 more books to go to reach my 50 ... wonder if I can do it without piling on in December??