The interesting thing about the Sunday Lowdown is that it is posted at 6:00AM on Sunday, meaning it doesn’t actually include any Sunday news. Should I move my schedule time to 6:00PM, Biscuit would have nothing to read while drinking her coffee, and as a dutiful daughter, I just can’t mess up her morning like that. This is all to say that last Sunday around brunch time I did a video chat with the always-wonderful Lou @ Lou Lou Reads. If you’re not following her blog, you should. She has great perspective on science fiction (as a fan) and science fact (as a nurse) in her reviews.
We had planned to read and discuss Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, which neither of us finished. I got further along than Lou and gave up, but she intends to complete this 1792 feminist text. Wollstonecraft’s main thesis is that men and women should have equal rights because they are both the creation of God, and God’s creations must strive for virtue, which can only be accomplished by choice, not force. Therefore, if man rules over woman, he is saying he can usurp God’s throne through control. That’s my summary, anyway. The book gets repetitive and the language, while vivid and cutting at times, becomes abstract and poetic in a way that made less and less sense to me. But talking with Lou about her ideas, what’s going on with her teaching and nursing, and catching her lovely dry humor for an hour always feeds my spirit.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie would make for a solid Valentine’s Day read, or even a boost if you’re in a reading slump, thanks to memorable characters and strong dialogue. Plus, Crusie was an earlier write of fat fiction (2004) on whose shoulders other writers like Kate Stayman-London can stand.
She may not be likable or make sensible choices (until a personal analysis near the end), but in her memoir Camgirl Isa Mazzei gives a detailed look into a genre of sex work called “camming.” Is it better, safer, more self-empowering to earn money for sexual acts if the person is at home behind a camera? Readers certainly get a look into the emotional and mental aspect of it.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Suddenly, I am reading lots by Chavisa Woods. Her work is a bit rough, slightly unpolished, but always sparks a conversation. 100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism is her first and only nonfiction book, one that she did not want to write. It is the ubiquitous nature of sexism and sexual assault, she says, that made it necessary to publish what started as a journaling project. Review Tuesday.
Thanks to Bill @ The Australian Legend, I read The Egg and I in 2020, which is a humorous and cutting memoir by Betty MacDonald published in 1945. Released in 1948, MacDonald’s second memoir, The Plague and I, discusses the author’s experiences with tuberculosis, also known as the White Plague, and her stay in the ubiquitous sanitarium. Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Lou @ Lou Reads recommended The Thursday Murder Club during out video chat, and Emily @ Literary Elephant suggested What We See When We Read in a comment on another post. I thank them both for their endorsements!