cross-posted from: > This award is given in a vast array of fiction & nonfiction literature, for LGBTQ+ themes!

transafiŝita el: > Kamarado Hó Ĉi Minh! > > Ĉu ajn homo aŭ ajn reto havas ĉin libron? -- Comrade Ho Chi Minh (is based AF)! Does anyone or any site have this book?

Cooperatives at Work
Haven't read it yet but I'm pretty interested.

Short but thrilling. We started this year with a bang! Quite literally. A prosecutor wakes up in the middle of the night to the voice of an officer reporting to him the shooting of a villager, marking the beginning of a thrilling and mysterious crime investigation amidst the perturbation of the administration. As the title of the book implies, the author narrates his life as a prosecutor appointed in the Egyptian countryside in the form of a diary extending over twelve days. This is not a simple work of imagination, but it was inspired by the author's actual career and experiences. Critics I found online regarded the book as a satirical work, but one, instead of laughing, becomes quickly saddened if not enraged by the social crisis which the world fell into. While the book's main focus is the crime investigation, many themes emerge in the background: - Contrast between Civilization and Nomadism: The prosecutor, who grew up in the the city, severely criticized the countryside and the peasants that he had to work with on a daily basis during his perpetual, hard work. Sometimes he describes them as being brittle, at other times uncouth; sometimes as ignorant, and at other times backward. The author of the book was born to a peasant father and an aristocratic mother, which explains the clash between the two worlds in his thoughts and works. - Apathy of jurists: The prosecutor's reaction to the gendarme's report of the crime was relief because the investigation won't take much time, for the perpetrator is unknown and the dying victim is unconscious, and so he considered the matter a “simple incident.” The indifference of the prosecutor clearly appears as well as that of the gendarmes and other specialists who repetitively see the atrocity and ugliness of the human corpse after its death, becoming only as valuable as any other inanimate object like the pieces of wood and the molds of clay. - Rigidity of the law: this is the result of imposing foreign ideas and principles on the rural society. In one of the entries, the writer told the story of the illiterate peasant who pleaded his innocence against a judgment in absentia. The judge rejected his request because the deadilne to do so expired: “ignorance of the law excuses not.” The litigant marveled with disapproval, as how could he, a simple-minded creature that had never set foot beyond the borders of his village, have known the code of Napoleon. Similar events occur repetitively in this book to the point they become a norm. Although the prosecutor in his diary mocks this situation, he doesn't refrain from acting in the same way in his cases. - Administrative corruption: The system imposed by the state does not apply to the state, nor to its administrative bodies and employees protected by nepotism. The surprise inspections of the police stations and the court treasury is mere ink on paper, and holding administrative officials accountable is unheard of. The prosecutor expresses his loathing for the kleptocratic agents who were appointed in the capital, while he rots in the arid countryside due to his lack of strong relations with the senior politicians. - Inheritance of oppression: The prosecutor recalls the humiliating treatment of the sheriff to the mayor of one of the districts, knowing that the latter will carry with him the same humiliation and will bequeath it in his turn to his subordinates and from the subordinate to to the lower subordinate and so on until it reaches “the core of the population”. This is the comedy (or tragedy) of the Egyptian legal system as recounted by Al-Hakim.

How do you take notes on physical books?
Saw this question on Reddit and I'm curious to know Lemmy's answers!

My favourite quote: > The Gothic re-emerges in moments of economic upheaval, but more importantly, it re-emerges when we know the old world is rotten but the new one hasn’t appeared just yet. I also really loved *Catherine House*, a novel mentioned in this article.

Books written by authors from the Global South.
Hello, we're nearing the end of the year and I'm looking for non-personal suggestions to fill my bucket list with. The theme I'm going for is indcated in the title of this post. Non-fiction humanities is preferred but I definitely wouldn't mind other genres. Also, I don't want to restrain myself to one side of political spectrum, the more diverse the better. Thank you in advance!

gf got me into a gift exchange. I get to choose what I will be given. I’d like a beautiful and thought-provoking illustrated book that friends will want to pick up. What would you recommend?
# The situation I've considered illustrated versions of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Frank Herbert's Dune, and Philippe Squarzoni's Climate Changed. I've seen books that are more explicit regarding socialism, racism, or sexism, but I'm not sure if those would alienate my more conservative friends. Maybe. Maybe not. Idk. Regardless, I like fiction because it's able to grip us with interesting narratives. I like beautiful art because it also grips us. # The question Are there critical classics that I could find beautiful illustrated versions of? Are there more abstract books that are illustrated and beautiful? # Extra questions Are there similar gifts other than books that could fulfill my purpose of pulling people's attention and being critical or thought provoking? I was thinking a T-shirt with something interesting printed or sewn onto it. Or a poster? Idk…

What’s a book that you passionately criticize but still recommend it?
For me, it's a non-fiction by Ahmet Davutoglu (Turkey's former PM) titled "Alternative Paradigms". Without entering into extensive details, Davutoglu contrasts the Islamic and Western worlds from a philosophical and political aspects in assertion of the theory of the clash of civilizations in the globalization era. While there's some merit to his postulations, there are many discrepancies. That being said, I find myself recommending it because it has some truth even if misguided, so I always suggest to read it with caution and scutiny.

(available on [libgen]( ;) This book is a reality check for us modern people. In today's day an age, Science and the Scientific method are glorified just like religion was in the Medieval Ages to the point of pure nonrational belief. But this seems contradictory to the ideals of Science, no? What happened to the objectivity, to seeking the truth, to be the last frontier facing the prejudice and dogmas of society? Contemporary scholars have enough data that suggests some of your most beloved, influential scientists had plagiarized, modified or even faked their experimental results that they claimed to obtain: from Galileo Galilei, to Newton, to Mendel and others more whom science textbooks seemed to forget. And day after day, dozens of cases of fraud emerge, while hundreds more if not thousands of fraudulent researchers pass unchallenged into the walls of fame. And the scariest part is that the medical domain is one of the most susceptible environment for fraud and neglect to the truth and to the health of innocents. The scientific community has always brushed off these cases as the "bad apples" that do not reflect the integrity of Science. But Broad & Wade see this issue from another grim perspective. After a thorough and extensive research, they deduced that in fact the problem lies within the core of Science, the conventionalist Scientific Method. Invented and developed by the philosophers and sociologists who looked at Science “from the perspectives of their own disciplines”, the conventionalist method fails to do its supposed function of self-policing whether through replication, peer review, or the referee system. “The philosophers have said they are objective, so scientists strictly forbid any reference to subjective experience in the scientific literature. The sociologists have said they are disinterested, so scientists disdain any overt manifestation of competition or credit-seeking. The historians have said that science is the defense against unreason, so scientists deny with a passion that human passions have any place whatsoever in their work.” (Ch.7) Broad & Wade, giving along the way numerous, vivid examples of the types of fraud that took place systematically, criticized the practical discrepancies of the Scientific method and blamed the Scientific community for turning a blind eye to them. Criticisms vary from opportunitism and careerism, to dogmatism and elitism among the scientists. The authors do not try to mistrust Science per se. Instead they aim from this book to highlight an alternative way into looking at Science and its method. And I believe they have done a pretty good job. ⭐ 4.5/5 If you plan to read the book, please let me know your feedback!

Piracy? We’ve heard numerous times what r/books thinks about it. But how does c/books view it?
"Piracy" here is used in the context of books and all sorts of manuscripts. r/books have three main arguments against it: - It is technically theft - It damages the author's job and income (as well as the publisher, illustrator...etc.) - Why go through the tedious path of pirating books when you can borrow the books from a library legally and for free. What's your reply to those arguments? Are they satisfactory?

To what extent are you commited to a certain book?
Basically, sometimes one may find out too late that a book isn't quite up to one's taste. The book might not be gripping enough due to many factors. In such case, would you quit reading it? Does the amount of progress you put in make a difference? Or would you be nontheless determined to complete despite not feeling any meaningful connection?

Do you listen to music when reading? Why or why not?
For me, I try to find music that fits the setting and resonates with the exposed culture.

I had a brief encounter regarding geopolitics, which reminded me "Lords and Ladies" and then, through The Scottish Play it brought me to such thought. What do you think?

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Any books where an ancap nation protects itself from international law by having nukes?
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Let’s revive this sublemmy, comment (any number of) your favorite books
mine are: * Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir * Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

A book about the sexual desires of a girl.

"I'll be good, I'll be good for goddess' sake!" A crazy woman kidnaps her favorite writer. How do they relate?

A book about a dystopian future where pleasure rules above all else.

This book introduces relativity results to the general public. It invites people to think about the mathematical results and discusses the different forms of mathematical transformations. It's basically an extended version of what we read in science news about relativity, but written by Einstein himself.

David Eller talks from a point of view which he calls 'natural atheism', which means he was born an atheist, I guess to an atheist family. The book talks mostly about philosophical and social reasons to be an atheist.

La cultura es libre: Una historia de la resistencia antipropiedad
Este libro es una traducción (todavía incompleta) del libro en portugués [A Cultura é Livre: Uma história da resistência antipropriedade]( Me gustaría poder publicarlo también impreso en el futuro cuando termine la traducción, pero aún no sé cómo hacerlo.

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