Nonfiction

Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

This month’s Comparative Geeks post is in conversation with two friends on a topic I’ve been contemplating for some time: how emotions are portrayed on Star Trek. That post is mostly focused on how Data and Spock represent types of human neurodivergence, not a complete absence of emotion or a state of repression that needs release. We…… Continue reading Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · YA

3 Books on Queer Reading and Librarianship

You know how sometimes you’re just living your life and all of a sudden you’re doing a research project? That’s just me? Okay. The point is I got super interested in whether or not queer librarianship was a thing, and if so, what are the going concerns. Turns out it is, of course it is, and…… Continue reading 3 Books on Queer Reading and Librarianship

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Review: “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” by Justin Spring

I don’t review much nonfiction on this blog. I like reading it, I often make a particular effort to include it in lists, and y’all seem to enjoy reading my term papers, but I haven’t done many reviews for some reason. I guess nonfiction books can seem more specialized, and even if I think a…… Continue reading Review: “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” by Justin Spring

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Nonfiction · Queer · Sci-Fi · YA

2016 Book Diversity

As I did in 2015 and 2014, I kept track of diversity in my reading this year. Basically I count books with female authors, books with female protagonists, and books related to queer/race/disability issues (protagonist, author, or prominent theme). (For recommendations, see my Goodreads page or my yearly book survey!) Mostly I do this because it…… Continue reading 2016 Book Diversity

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

2016 Book Survey!

Welcome to the 2016 book survey, designed and hosted by Perpetual Page-Turner! I read exactly 300 books! (Not a coincidence, I realized mid-December that I was at 282 and went on a bender to make 300). The survey is super fun, makes it easier to compare books meaningfully, and keeps the “favorites” list a year-wide thing…… Continue reading 2016 Book Survey!

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

Bookriot 2016 Read Harder Challenge Recap

  I completed the Bookriot Read Harder Challenge! Back in July I posted a list of queer books matching each challenge prompt, and this will be a list of the books I actually read. (Only a few of them overlap, because I always try to fill challenges with books already high on my TBR). Here’s a…… Continue reading Bookriot 2016 Read Harder Challenge Recap

History · Nonfiction · Queer · TV & Movies

3 Gay Actor Documentaries

Apparently I was in the mood for documentaries this weekend! Fortunately for me, Netflix is currently offering three movies (mostly) about gay actors, particularly interesting watched together: The Out List, To Be Takei, and Tab Hunter Confidential. The Out List (2013) This one’s not entirely about LGBT actors, I just thought it was. It’s a one-hour documentary about…… Continue reading 3 Gay Actor Documentaries

History · Nonfiction · Queer

White Lesbians on Race: Lillian Smith vs. Mab Segrest

Over the summer, I read several sets of books around the theme of Gender and Sexuality in the South as a directed readings course. The first pair were both specifically about feminist and queer theory, discussed here. This second pair — Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith (1949/revised 1961) and Memoirs of a Race Traitor by Mab Segrest…… Continue reading White Lesbians on Race: Lillian Smith vs. Mab Segrest

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Queering the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Who else is doing the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder challenge? It’s super fun, 24 book categories to check off, and I’m actually halfway through as I should be. I thought about doing an update post on the books I’d read and still planned to read — and I can totes still do that if…… Continue reading Queering the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

Joan Wallach Scott: Feminist historian and author of the discipline-transforming 1986 article “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” Judith Butler: Philosopher and hardcore influencer in feminist, queer, and literary theories. TWO WOMEN ENTER, ONE WOMAN LEAVES! Okay fine, they can both leave. But this summer, I’m having my first experience with a directed readings course…… Continue reading Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler