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03 February 2010 @ 12:03 pm

God is Red // by Vine Deloria

This book fucks with everything you think about the world, about time, about space, about being. Evvvvverything. In a really wonderful way, though. It's invigorating, and confusing, and pisses you off plenty. But it's not the kind of anger where you want to 'get out in the streets', or 'change the world', it's really unsatisfying in that sense. The only thing left for you to do is try and understand. It's not a religious text, either. As my professor says, it's not religion, it's the way of being. He studied under Vine Deloria, and says that he was a giant ass most of the time, and that some chapters of this book are over the top. I didn't think that they were overdone, however. I think that each chapter was as drastic as necessary to create such a reaction. It also includes various criticisms of mainstream images of american indians as well as so-called progressive approaches. This book takes you all the way from why modern images of indians are fucked up, to why minutes and seconds are fucked up. Super duper strongly recommend!

22 January 2010 @ 12:36 am

Outlaw Culture // by bell hooks

I accidentally came across this book in the library while looking up some sources for my senior paper. I really really enjoyed Feminism is for Everybody, so I checked it out with the intentions of skimming. That, unfortunately, didn't happen; I ditched my senior thesis research for the next two days to read this book. So good! 
While this is written almost 15 years ago now, and so the actual cultural ties are a tad outdated - it doesn't matter at all. Here is one of my favorite lines from her chapter on rap: "Gangsta rap is part of the antifeminist backlash that is the rage right now. When young, black males labor in the plantations of misogyny and sexism to produce gangsta rap, white supremacist capitalist patriarchy approves the violence and materially rewards them." She deeply integrates race and class into her  analysis, and she doesn't dance around capitalism as if it's some sacred grail that we have to let be.
The way she writes is blunt, easy-to-read, but incredibly powerful. bell hooks uses an intersectional analysis to comprehensively and individually tackle culture, tackle the way that feminist culture operates, and straightup bitch someone out. She approaches feminism critically, and her constant use (and just as constant explanation) of intersectionality is awesome. She doesn't assume that you know something about feminist values, because she is tearing them apart. She even articulates the ways that liberal intellectuals (like her) disappoint - something that I've been trying to be capable of explaining without sounding like an asshole.
This book is wonderful.
12 January 2010 @ 07:10 pm

i'd like to start reflecting on the books that i read in a blog-like fashion, and seeing as it's also the beginning of the year, it'll make for a nice collection of books-that-i-read-in-2010, as well. so, first!

Local // by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly

this is the first graphic novel that i've ever read in its entirety. not because i have anything against graphic novels necessarily... i just underestimate their content, i guess. anyway, this book was awesome. my roommate tossed it at me when i said i was getting restless, and later when i actually decided to skim it, i literally couldn't put it down until i finished the entire 300something page thing. in theory it is put into several short stories, as this girl travels from town to town (the chapters/stories are organized by city). the storyline is actually really engulfing, in part because of the fantastic artwork, which sets you up to get caught up in the character just as much as the dialog itself. the main reason i even kept reading, at first, was because the second chapter was about minneapolis, but after that it was straightup immersion. local tones and settings added a nice little aspect to it, though the cities themselves aren't supposed to play a role, and actually i think it boils down to her experiencing the redundancy of moving to a new town.  the worst part of the novel was the end, not because it ended, but because it included this reflection that feels very personal. almost to the degree where i was like "holy shit i was not prepared for this!" though to be fair it wasn't this explosively emotional ending at all, just on my part.

i definitely recommend this book, it felt like a deeply intense vacation, and it doesn't require a huge time dedication. unfortunately, it's expensive to buy and i couldn't offer to borrow it since it is not mine... but a recommendation is a recommendation!
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