Immediately after finishing listening the downloadable audiobook of Bad Feminist, crisply narrated by the inestimable Bahni Turpin, I placed the printImmediately after finishing listening the downloadable audiobook of Bad Feminist, crisply narrated by the inestimable Bahni Turpin, I placed the print book on hold. There are just too many interesting, important and often hilarious moments in this book to absorb in one go. Turpin's reading is too good to pass up, so I wholeheartedly recommend the audiobook, but on this second time through, I'd like the luxury of reading and then rereading those paragraphs that give me the most to think about.
Roxane Gay is both a fiction writer and an essayist, as well as a social media cultural commentator. Bad Feminist was my first exposure to her writing, although soon after I began it, I found her on Twitter and Tumblr, as well as watching her Ted Talk. Her essays in this book cover such diverse topics as competitive Scrabble, teaching college classes, the racist and misogynist threads that run through many popular books and movies, and the difficulty of being an imperfect feminist who listens to appallingly sexist music and enjoys the occasional objectification. Throughout, readers will understand Gay is not trying to tell them how to be this or that, or what to think - like so many essayists (and fellow humans) do. Rather, she explores the diverse and often discordant ways we all exist in the world, acknowledging the complexity of the human experience while never losing her dry and often laugh-out-loud humor. Yes, this is one of those audiobooks that, if you're listening on headphones, will make the people around you slightly disconcerted as you giggle away.
Her essays are so deeply thoughtful and thought-provoking, on such a variety of topics, that there is no summing them up (at least not for someone less talented than Gay herself). Suffice it to say: if you enjoy turning a critical eye toward our often problematic popular culture, but would like to laugh as you do so, this book is for you....more
You had me at "In the tradition of Oliver Sacks..."
I love listening to scientific books, but not being a scientist myself, need a particular type of sYou had me at "In the tradition of Oliver Sacks..."
I love listening to scientific books, but not being a scientist myself, need a particular type of science writing. I want to go in depth into whatever subject is being explored, but I need the author to perform that particularly impressive feat of giving me some basic background without boring me or making me feel talked down to. Sacks, in his psychological case studies, mastered this talent, covering many of the fascinating, horrifying, sad and beautiful cases he had encountered over his long career as a doctor and writer. Sacks sadly passed away in 2015 and I had resigned myself to no new books from my favorite psychology writer. But then I stumbled across the above mentioned opening line of the synopsis for The Man Who Wasn't There. And this book did not disappoint!
I listened to this as a downloadable eAudiobook, and the narrator's voice was pleasant and it is a quality recording. The book itself is separated into sections on various disorders that help us discuss the idea of "self." Since there are many theories and many mysteries surrounding the topic of "self," our author posits that it can be illuminating to explore this idea by looking at what happens when various things go wrong in the brain. Alzheimer disease, depersonalization disorder, epilepsy, body integrity identity disorder, schizophrenia and more are all explored with a thoughtful and gracious hand, all with a focus on how the self is perceived, and sometimes mis-perceived. Many questions are posed, and few are answered along this journey. Is the self a collection of episodic memories? Is it a biological process interpreted by our neurons in a certain way? What about the dichotomy of self-as-subject and self-as-observer? If you need any more convincing about whether or not you should read this fascinating book, check out this list of awards it has won.
Nominated for the 2016 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award An NBC News Notable Science Book of 2015 Named one of Publishers Weekly 's Best Books of 2015 A Book of the Month for Brain HQ/Posit Science Selected by Forbes as a Must Read Brain Book of 2015 On Life Changes Network 's list of the Top 10 Books That Could Change Your Life of 2015
So fascinating and well written, I'm excited to try Ananthaswamy's other book in the Library catalog: The Edge of Physics. Oliver Sack's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat is another must-read for fans of this type of book....more
Really great poetry... didn't touch me as deeply as "Crush," though. Concerned with the purpose (or lack) of creating art, and as usual, recursive obsReally great poetry... didn't touch me as deeply as "Crush," though. Concerned with the purpose (or lack) of creating art, and as usual, recursive obsession about identity and connection....more
This book was everything I hoped for. Sweet, exciting, funny, inventive, diverse, and absolutely Rowell through and through, which means you can't stoThis book was everything I hoped for. Sweet, exciting, funny, inventive, diverse, and absolutely Rowell through and through, which means you can't stop reading OR grinning until you get to the end. And for a while after that, too....more