Another mythologizing animal sharing a spark of intellectual passion!
Ending Violent Crime Cheaply & Permanently: A Vision of A Society Free of Violence by Manitonquat (Medicine Story) is an astonishing little book — one I might have had trouble believing if I hadn't already stumbled elsewhere across some of the statistics mentioned. It is self-published as well: surprisingly short but very concise and readable. [...]
After reading The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs & Scott Kurashige, I confess my primary reaction was a frustrated, "Why is this not being better shared? Why must we keep re-inventing the wheel?" Upon reflection, I'd guess there must be some serious corporate (or socio-cultural?) interests involved, that [...]
This is an astonishingly "chewy" book! I'm impressed, as well as greatly enjoying Plumwood's fascinatingly erudite, logical — and yet, I feel, still thoughtfully spiritual — considerations on ecofeminism. She is, in fact, so logic-oriented that it was initially a bit disconcerting when her writing was also richly metaphorical. It's always a pleasure to discover [...]
Being a child of the US, I've only seen online, rather than face-to-face, the types of deeply vicious and misogynistic attacks which Maathai describes: [C]ertain people were jealous and wanted me to be taught a lesson and put in my place. They took pleasure in what they perceived as my comeuppance. The message was clear: [...]
There is a phrase that's apparently become popular on Twitter conversations where someone wishes to point out unconscious privilege: they state that the issue under discussion is an FWP, or "First World Problem." Reading Wangari Maathai's Unbowed: A Memoir, I found myself often reflecting with bleak amusement that all the issues I've ever faced — [...]
I dedicated most of this week to (amongst other things) catching up on the readings for this class, so I could start on the required reflection paper as soon as possible. Here are the readings to date for all those intellectual sadists who are following along: Chapter 1 of Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber & Patricia Lina [...]
Susan Griffin's ecofeminist book Woman & Nature: The Roaring Inside Her is considered ground-breaking in the field. Written in 1978 in a poetic and then-uniquely female "voice," it was one of the first — if not the actual first — text which traced a clear textual-historical connection between patriarchal use/abuse, and conflation, of women and [...]
Later edit: I've been informed I wasn't clear regarding this posting — sorry! I should have said what I am describing, in my comments below, is a collection of quotes of other sources put together by Griffin, the book's author, to show the state of the world as far as women and nature are concerned [...]
-EEEEEEEEEE!! I am SO EXCITED my books arrived today! I have now officially published scholarly work, yay! Wheee! This is so nifty! Along with several sister scholars from CIIS, I have two articles in the beautiful new little anthology Unto Herself: A Devotional Anthology for Independent Goddesses which was put out by Bibliotheca Alexandrina and [...]
Here there be dragons… and plot spoilers! Proceed at your own risk. :) I'm struggling through getting final papers written, and my brain needed a break… so I did a quick review of L. E. Modesitt, Jr.'s The Eternity Artifact to clear my head. Whew! I needed that. Now, back to work! ;) ~ * [...]
Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.
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