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Baffler NO. 33 Virtue Cartel

Baffler NO. 33 Virtue Cartel

author: Chris Lemann

name: Steev

average rating: 4.00

book published:

rating: 5

read at: 2017/04/11

date added: 2017/04/11

shelves: fun, own-it, politics

review:

Igloo Martian live outside of 191 Toole, Tucson, 2017 04 06

This clip starts not quite at the beginning of the perforance, in which Igloo was banging a big piece of plastic (looked kind of like a slide from a kids playground) on the pavement out in the parking lot. This happened as part of the Tucson Noise Symposium, during the show inside the venue.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: performance art, noise, experimental music, sound, loud and bikes

Every Anxious Wave

Every Anxious Wave

author: Mo Daviau

name: Steev

average rating: 3.55

book published: 2016

rating: 5

read at: 2017/03/22

date added: 2017/03/23

shelves: fun, novels, own-it, after-the-fall, spirit-self

review:
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, sad, moving, hip, and surprisingly suspenseful for a story in which you pretty quickly know how will end (because the main character travels forward in time). It also had a powerful social message about body image and "fat shame" that was pretty firm and present but didn't hit you over the head. It was also a great satirical but respectful look at super music fans.

I found, for the record, the portrayal of the male narrator to be really realistic. This had me thinking that the female author had quite good insight on the male psyche, especially given that a lot of male writers don't do a very good job of writing from the point of view of their female characters. Maybe it's because, as my wife said "men are a lot more... straightforward."

Anyway, I hope we see more novels from Mo Daviau. Her debut effort is very impressive.

The Sellout

The Sellout

author: Paul Beatty

name: Steev

average rating: 3.84

book published: 2015

rating: 5

read at: 2017/02/04

date added: 2017/02/04

shelves: fun, novels, own-it, politics

review:
Brilliant, hilarious, intense satire. Really really good.

Gave My Love A Cherry, by Hise, Hise & Hosler

Savanna Hise - vocals, bathtub
Steev Hise - noise & drum samples, toys, vocals, mix, video edit
Mark Hosler - guitars/guitar noises, booper, cardboard box, vocals
Stereo Mix and video available at detritus.net/hisehisehosler

Cast: steev hise

Tags: kids, collage, noise, music, nursery rhymes and bathtime

The Baffler No. 32

The Baffler No. 32

author: Chris Lehmann

name: Steev

average rating: 4.00

book published:

rating: 5

read at: 2017/01/12

date added: 2017/01/12

shelves: art, fun, own-it, politics

review:

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

author: Ali Almossawi

name: Steev

average rating: 4.05

book published: 2013

rating: 5

read at:

date added: 2017/01/02

shelves: fun, to-re-read, own-it

review:

How to Sit (Mindfulness Essentials, #1)

How to Sit (Mindfulness Essentials, #1)

author: Thich Nhat Hanh

name: Steev

average rating: 4.27

book published: 2014

rating: 5

read at: 2016/12/29

date added: 2016/12/29

shelves: spirit-self, own-it

review:

The Bug

The Bug

author: Ellen Ullman

name: Steev

average rating: 3.57

book published: 2003

rating: 5

read at: 2016/12/01

date added: 2016/12/03

shelves: novels, own-it, fun

review:
Excellent read. Ullman really captures well both the technology and the mental lives of people in the software industry. The story also has a narrative arc that's relatively non-standard and unexpected - it's not one of those stories where I'm constantly thinking "oh I bet I know what will happen now."

(Also, parenthetically, the short tryst between programmer and system administrator is one of the most erotic sexual subplots I've read in a while.)

Really good, expertly written, and covers such a range of concerns: the social trends involving computers and human-computer interfaces, the personality types of programmers, the economics of startups, the "geek pride" that makes computer people go a little (or a lot) crazy, existential philosophy, alcoholism, sex, love, dashed hopes for life... the list goes on...

The Baffler, No. 31: Memory Holes

The Baffler, No. 31: Memory Holes

author: Summers, John

name: Steev

average rating: 4.14

book published:

rating: 5

read at: 2016/11/18

date added: 2016/11/18

shelves: politics, own-it, fun

review: