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H is for Hawk

annikusrex sent me this book sometime this past spring, but it wound up under a couple of other books until just recently. This is a book with multiple narrative threads woven together, part memoir, part biography, part poetry, really. The main piece concerns the author training and hunting with a goshawk, as she mourns the sudden death of her father.

I think what I appreciated most about the book is how Macdonald allows readers to see her up-close emotional experience. It's good and comforting for the sake of knowing what it's like when other human beings go through these things.

Up next is Thinking, Fast and Slow. I am hoping that it isn't too old-white-male-ish. I listened to a portion of an interview with the author, and from his comments came to figure I might as well just read his book.

Also, what do you think of the song that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis just released?



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Jan. 23rd, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad we do protest songs again.
The new Saul Williams album is pretty good. Somebody on NPR said it was really angry and I was all, "Maaannnn you should have hear Niggy Tardust......"
Jan. 26th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like protest songs, and I understand why he did it and largely agree with his messaging. I don't think it's going to catch on as a song, though, because there aren't a lot of lyrical hooks in it or repetitive themes that people will find themselves humming. Which is a shame, really.

I kind of want to send him to haiku camp or something... I have had some success in practicing writing them as an exercise in getting complex associative ideas into really terse format. It's helped me as a writer.
Jan. 26th, 2016 08:01 pm (UTC)
Good points!
Jan. 26th, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
You know, I'm glad about protest songs, too.

I don't listen to nearly enough music these days, sigh. Stupid "job requires concentration" nonsense.
Jan. 26th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
I look forward to hearing what you think about "Thinking, Fast and Slow"! That's next on my list of books to read about cognition, but unless something strikes me suddenly, it's likely to be a while. I have so many books to read first.
Jan. 26th, 2016 08:00 pm (UTC)
I have limited patience for books on human cognition, but so far Kahneman has been reasonably convincing in terms of his approach and its validation. For some reason I have this strong urge to rip through the book as quickly as I can, but I don't know that the urge is necessarily related to the specific book at hand, or if it's just a general feeling about reading things at the moment.
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