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text 2017-09-18 22:30
Reading progress update: I've read 50%
Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde - Recorded Books LLC,Jeff Guinn,Jonathan Hogan

These must be the most inept criminals I've ever read about in my life. They're constantly getting caught, jailed, breaking out and doing it all over again. 

 

The last time they got into a car chase/gun fight, their car was wrecked. The battery was damaged and all the acid leaked out of it- right onto Bonnie's bare leg-from hip to ankle. At some points, it was said, the bone could actually be seen. 

 

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text 2017-09-18 18:07
Reading progress update: I've read 256 out of 346 pages.
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

Blistering Barnacles! He's finished his work on Cirripedia!

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review 2017-09-17 21:01
Good As You
Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain - Paul Flynn

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

This was a really interesting insight into gay culture in the UK, from the seventies to nowadays: how it shaped itself, the hurdles gay people had to go through, how other people’s views gradually changed...

The book’s chapters follow specific themes, such as TV, AIDS, politics, football or pop music, rather than going in a purely chronological order. This makes for a rather comprehensive view of various areas of British culture, in the light of what being gay more specifically entails. The chapters are also well-segmented, and it’s fairly easy to pick up the book again if for some reason you had to leave it (to go do those pesky things called ‘work’ or ‘sleep’, for instance).

I learnt plenty here: how the introduction of explicitly gay characters in shows like East Enders or Coronation Street was perceived, how their actors were perceived at the time, how it changed with more recent series. Or how specific bands and singers were seen, who became a ‘gay idol’, who remained in the closet, who openly announced it. Or the many people who lost their lives to AIDS—and may not have, if they hadn’t had to remain closeted and more information had been available. Or Clause 28, which I had never heard about until now (not being from the UK probably didn’t help in that regard), and the journey from there to legalising same-sex marriages.

Paul Flynn interviewed quite a few interesting figures within the scope of this book, including Alison (who worked at the Lighthouse, offering end of life comfort to patients dying of AIDS), David Furnish (Elton John’s partner), or football player Robbie Rogers—not being particularly interested in football in general, I admit I somewhat knew that the latter is still a difficult area when it comes to being gay, but I wasn’t sure to which extent.

If anything, I would’ve liked to see more about the AIDS period, and somewhat less about the Kylie Minogue parts, so I guess I’ll have to pick other books for this.

Conclusion: Probably better as an introduction that will give you pointers to what to research in depth, so if you’re already very familiar with the country and period, the book might seem a little simplistic. Otherwise, go ahead.

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text 2017-09-17 11:50
Reading progress update: I've read 250 out of 346 pages.
Life and Letters of Charles Darwin - Volume 1: By Charles Darwin - Illustrated - Charles Darwin

The amusing tale of how, whilst in the grip of beetle collecting mania, Darwin put one example between his teeth so he could grab another, only to have the first squirt acid down his throat...

 

The Voyage of the Beagle has several crazy tales of similar ilk about the life of a natural history student collecting specimens.

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text 2017-09-16 21:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 420 out of 1010 minutes.
What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton

I had no real interest in reading this book. After the 2016 election, I got depressed, and I had no intention of reliving it. However, seeing the vitriol and sexism that has been directed at Mrs. Clinton just because she wrote a book about what she lived (same as Bernie) made me get this book the day it came out.

 

This book is hard to listen to at times especially when it speaks about gun violence and the families of those who have lost loved ones to gun-wielding assholes.

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