Here's some more November reading! I'm thinking about going back to single-book posts, but on the other hand I'm having trouble finding time to write even these quickie riffles through several books at a time. What do you think? The Canceling of the American Mind: Cancel Culture Undermines Trust and Threatens Us All -- But There is a Solution , by Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott: I've been looking forward to this book for a long time! The title is a riff on Lukianoff's last book, co-written with Jonathan Haidt, and the two titles work together. This time, Lukianoff is teamed up with a Gen Z writer, Rikki Schlott, to bring in a younger perspective. The thesis here: that cancel culture (which yes, exists) is a manifestation of false ideas discussed in the earlier book, and which serve to make us less mentally healthy and less able to function as a society. The ideas: Fragility: that people are fragile and need comfort; they cannot withstand discomfort,
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Lory over at the Enchanted Castle has had a fun idea: reading all 14 Oz books from December 2023 - January 2025 . If you can't take that much Oz, the first six are the main titles and you can just read those. I remember reading many of the Oz books when I was a kid, including several of the later titles. But I haven't read them at all since then (except of course the first one, which I aloud to my kids). So it would be quite interesting to do an adult readalong and see how they hold up and what I missed before. I had no idea that Baum was making fun of General Jinjer, for example; I thought she was great. So I'm going to do it and read at least the first six books. We'll see how it goes! First up!
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I'm working on that pile! Here are three of my pile books, plus two quick reads I stuck in around the edges. Junk Film: Why Bad Movies Matter , by Katharine Coldiron -- This book was just a delight to me, but then it was written by somebody who likes many of the same terrible movies I do but is much more knowledgeable than I am. The first third of the book is dedicated to a monograph of Plan 9 From Outer Space and what makes it so interesting as a terrible movie. Wonderful! She talks about a failed TV show called Cop Rock in which somebody mashed a serious procedural cop show with a musical -- "I promise this is true." Coldiron gets into literature and compares Irene Iddesleigh with Sean Penn's novels. She explains why a low-budget 70s horror film called Death Bed is actually pretty good. I loved it. If you like bad movies, this is a great book for you. Others possibly not so much. How Democracies Die , by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt -- This