Sebastopol

This was taken in a cabin on one of the first adventures of the year, a one-night stay in Sebastopol, CA. It was a small space and looked exactly like the wall in this photo would suggest. Though cute, it was a level of cuteness that I imagine is comfortable for no more than 24 hours. The surrounding area brimmed with trees, the sun was bright, and an orange stray cat weaved in and out of the day. About half of my Airbnb bookings have been within a 100 mile radius of where I live, as I’m convinced traversing your own neck of the woods is its own brand of adventure. I’m excited to explore both near and far this year. Everybody seems to have a really good feeling about 2015, a sentiment I shared until realizing that indeed everybody felt this way, making me question what I thought was my intuition. But I’m crossing my fingers for all of us.
 
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Currently Reading: Men Explain Things to Me

The non-fiction streak continues into the new year with Men Explain Things to Me, a slim blue volume of seven essays by Rebecca Solnit. I consider it a good sign when seemingly disparate, random, yet memorable pieces of information that I’ve come across at some point or another are suddenly hanging out in the same room. Maybe, I wonder, there is actually a rhyme and reason to what I consume; maybe there is a common theme among the things I know. Maybe. Within the first few essays I came across a reference to Idle No More, a grassroots movement among Canada’s Indigenous peoples that I heard about at a talk on campus last fall, and then “ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny,” which I inexplicably learned in a communications course ridiculously titled “Entertainment as Implicit Pedagogy.”
 
Thus far, Solnit’s essays have pointedly addressed violence against women, global economic injustice, and marriage equality. I’m sure there is much more to come. The title essay recalls the author’s experience of a man condescendingly explaining to her about a book that she herself had written, but branches out into the much larger issue – and danger – of silencing women. Solnit dedicates this book to “the conversations that don’t end,” so here’s to learning a bit more about those conversations.

 
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