december tbr

For the month of December I’ll continue reading mostly nonfiction, as I did last month for Nonfiction November, but I’m planning to narrow my focus to a set of weekly themes so that I might read more efficiently ahead of an anticipated move sometime in January.

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qotd: memory

Our memories select, eliminate, exaggerate, minimize, glorify, denigrate. They create their own versions of events and serve up their own reality. Disparate, but cohesive. Imperfect yet sincere.

Négar Djavadi, Disoriental

qotd: absence

A raw, honest treatment of the problems they faced every day would only end in frustration at the absence of solutions, making it impossible to arrive at places one could only reach in books.

—Yoko Tawada, The Emissary