As you may suspect, we read a lot of books. Almost as fun as reading books is talking about them with friends, customers, strangers sitting next to us at Stellina, hikers on Sky Trail, weekend bikers in line at Bovine Bakery... If we haven't cornered you yet to talk about our current favorites, you can check here to see what books--old, new, and forthcoming--we're currently enjoying.
A remarkable, lucid work of political economy that examines the structural apparatus of capitalism. The "things" of the title refer not to plastic gewgaws, but rather the cheapening of entire conceptual categories like Nature, Labor, and Life that have contributed to a general devaluation of the world. This is a book of big history along the lines of Guns, Germs, and Steel that will help anyone understand how we got to where we are.
Infinite Ground beguiled me. It’s a tropical fever dream, a detective novel turned on its head, a wending into a new heart of darkness that brings to mind so many writers (Aira, Ballard, Angela Carter) but manages through sheer perverse originality to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its influences.
Each of these stories takes all the strangeness, stigma, and fear of female bodies as far as it will go, and provokes both surprise and recognition when you get there. Particularly brilliant (and often laugh out loud funny) is Machado's re-imagining of every episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which unflinchingly peers into the detectives' psyches and takes the reader to spookier places than they could have imagined lurked beneath the surface there. But every story in this collection is brilliant in its own way, and as a reader, I will now follow Carmen Maria Machado wherever she goes.