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April 9th, 2018

In the Darkroom [books]

So, remember my slightly less-than-enthusiastic review of The Power?

In contrast, I highly recommend In the Darkroom, by Susan Faludi. I mean, it came well-recommended anyway, by [personal profile] annikusrex, who has impeccable taste in books, and I have vague but definitive memories of finding Backlash insightful and worthwhile.

But what surprised me about ItD wasn't so much anything having to do with the transgender experience, as everything about Hungary's history and culture. Faludi's story about her father forms an incredible lens for learning about Hungary, in a way that makes me wonder about other histories and cultures in that part of the world.

But now, phooey, because the next two books in my pile are looking a bit tedious: a pair of classical texts about life-history evolution, both published in 1992, that get frequently cited and thus seem like they're necessary to read for professional reasons. I suspect they're going to be more on the dense, impenetrable end of the literary spectrum.

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