Sunday 31 December 2017

Favourite books I've read this year


Audre Lorde: Zami. A New Spelling of My Name.
James Baldwin: The Fire Next Time.
James Gleick: Time Travel.
Olivia Laing: Lonely City.
Olivia Laing: To the River. A Journey Beneath the Surface.


Octavia E. Butler: The Parable of the Talents.
Octavia E. Butler: Fledgling
Octavia E. Butler: Lilith's Brood
Octavia E. Butler: Kindred.
N.K. Jemisin: The Stone Sky.
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties.
Emily Fridlund: A History of Wolves.
James S.A. Corey: Expanse Series.
James VanderMeer: Southern Reach Trilogy.
James VanderMeer: Borne.
Lidia Yuknavitch: The Small Backs of Children.
Celeste Ng: Everything I Never Told You.
Celeste Ng: Little Fires Everywhere.
Roxane Gay: Difficult Women.
Megan Abbott: You Will Know Me.
John Darnielle: Universal Harvester.
Becky Chambers: A Closed and Common Orbit.
Paolo Bacigalupi: The Water Knife.
Naomi Alderman: The Power.


Technically 2016 but the most accurate "welcome to 2017"
TIME Magazine: TIME Person of the Year - The Silence Breakers, December 2017
The New York Times: Inside Trump's Hour-By-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation, December 9, 2017
The Monthly: A victory for equality, December 7, 2017
The New York Times: Weinstein's Complicity Machine, December 5, 2017
The Daily Beast: Bryan Singer: The Epitome of Hollywood’s White Male Privilege Problem, December 5, 2017
The Guardian: ‘This is hell out here’: how Behrouz Boochani's diaries expose Australia’s refugee shame, December 4, 2017
Kill Your Darlings: We Fight On, November 30, 2017
London Review of Books: Against Passion, November 30, 2017
Meanjin: Human Rights and Political Wrongs, November 23, 2017
The Atlantic: The Nationalist's Delusion, November 20, 2017
The Guardian: I'm glad Australia has voted yes, but I'll never take my equality for granted again, November 15, 2017
The New Yorker: Harvey Weinstein's Army of Spies, November 6, 2017
The Atlantic: The First White President, October 2017
The Daily Beast: How Kevin Spacey’s ‘Coming Out’ Grossly Conflates Pedophilia and Homosexuality, October 30, 2017
Vulture: Star Trek: Discovery Recap: Be Seeing You, October 30, 2017
Buzzfeed: Actor Anthony Rapp: Kevin Spacey Made A Sexual Advance Toward Me When I Was 14, October 30, 2017
The Paris Review: On Basquiat, the Black Body, and a Strange Sensation in My Neck, October 26, 2017
The New Yorker: The Danger of President Pence, October 23, 2017
The New York Times: Lupita Nyong'o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein, October 19, 2017
The Washington Post: Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump, October 16, 2017
The New Yorker: From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault. Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories, October 10, 2017
Buzzfeed: Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream, October 6, 2017
Nicole Chung for Longreads: On American Identity, the Election, and Family Members Who Support Trump, September 2017
Bright Wall/Dark Room: Fix Your Heart or Die: The Startling Empathy of David Lynch, September 25, 2017
Slate: It’s Not a Problem When Cashiers Say “No Problem” to You, September 18, 2017
The New York Times: How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food, September 16, 2017
Politico: The great nutrient collapse, September 13 2017.
The New York Times: Was Charlottesville the Exception or the Rule?, September 13, 2017
Paste: Horizon Zero Dawn, Joss Whedon and the Problem with "Strong Female Characters", August 21, 2017
Dazed: Joss Whedon and the problem with ‘male feminists’, August 21, 2017
Spiegel Online: The Unforgivable Disgrace of an American President, August 19, 2017
Eater: The White Lies of Craft Culture, August 17, 2017
The New Yorker: Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America, August 13, 2017
Wired: Ehtereum is Coding's New Wild West, August 11, 2017
The Atlantic: Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places, July 2017
Autostraddle: Pretty Little Liars Episode 720 Recap: Act Hetero-Normal, Bitch!, July 9, 2017
The Monthly: A job half undone, June 2017
Wired: How An Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar, June 20th, 2017.
Vulture: In Its First Season, The Handmaid’s Tale’s Greatest Failing Is How It Handles Race, June 14, 2017
Jacobin: A Very Political Tragedy, June 14, 2017
Motherboard: Mallory Ortberg's Internet, June 13, 2017
The New York Times: The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning, June 12, 2017
The New Yorker: Comey's Revenge. Measuring Obstruction, June 8, 2017
Lawfare: Initial Comments on James Comey’s Written Testimony, June 7, 2017
Autostraddle: Pretty Little Liars Episode 717 Recap: Jealous or Crazy?, June 7, 2017
Literary Hub: Rebecca Solnit. The Loneliness of Donald Trump, May 30, 2017
Politico: Trump’s Worst Nightmare Comes True, May 18, 2017
Politico: What Donald Trump Needs to Know About Bob Mueller and Jim Comey, May 18, 2017
Elle: Her Eyes Were Watching the Stars. How Missy Elliott Became an Icon, May 16, 2017
Data & Society: Media Manipulation and Disinformation Online, May 15, 2017
Literary Hub: Claudia Rankine: I Think We Need to Be Frightened, May 11, 2017
Paste: A Time to Be Born and A Time to Kill on Underground's Season Two Finale, "Soldier", May 10, 2017
The Atlantic: Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey, May 9, 2017
Teen Vogue: Trump's First 100 Days Have Completely Undermined America's Political Standards, April 28, 2017
Munchies: The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person, April 25, 2017
Jacob Clifton on 'The Handmaid's Tale', April 18, 2017
The Atlantic: Trump's Action in Syria Is 'Just the Latest Blip on a Deeper Story', April 11, 2017
The Atlantic: The U.S. Strikes in Syria, April 6, 2017
Birth, Movies, Death: Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Look Back At BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, April 4, 2017
The Atlantic: Red State, Blue City, March 2017
The Atlantic: Brexit: So What Now?, March 29, 2017
The Verge: Exploring The Expanse: the series’s latest arc covers a refugee crisis with painful real-world connections, March 17, 2017
Paste: The Uncomfortable Legacy of Buffy's Xander Harris, March 7, 2017
Columbia Journalism Review: Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda, March 3, 2017
Politico: ‘The Conservative Movement Is Donald Trump’, February 26, 2017
The New Yorker: Donald Trump Through a Loudspeaker Darkly, February 2, 2017
The Atlantic: The Betrayal of Legal Immigrants Who Followed the Rules, January 29, 2017
Lawfare: Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump’s Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas, January 28, 2017
After a week, January 27, 2017
London Review of Books: From Lying to Leering. Rebecca Solnit on Donald Trump’s fear of women, January 19, 2017.
The New York Times: What Intelligence Agencies Concluded About the Russian Attack on the U.S. Election, January 6, 2017
Quartz: Michelle Obama brought herself and everyone around her to tears with her final speech as First Lady, January 6, 2017
The Atlantic: The Growing Urban-Rural Divide Around the World, January 4, 2017

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