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apcalvin:


It may be impossible to find a review of John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, that doesn’t explicitly bring up the Mountain Goats, the name of the songwriting project under whose name Darnielle has been releasing music for more than two decades. Though he has published before (a story formed around a Black Sabbath album released by 33 1/3), it’s only fair that it’s mentioned. The Mountain Goats is fairly popular and has a deeply devoted fan base populated by those who could probably go on and on about which songs resonate with them the most. But I’m afraid that this association will only result in one question: What drove Darnielle to write a novel, after years of almost exclusively making music? I hope Darnielle isn’t presented with this question too often, because it’s entirely beside the point.

I reviewed Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle (who’s also now on the NBA long list) for Everyday eBooks. 

This book is superb and I only got to read it early because of Aaron’s review, so read both.

apcalvin:

It may be impossible to find a review of John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van, that doesn’t explicitly bring up the Mountain Goats, the name of the songwriting project under whose name Darnielle has been releasing music for more than two decades. Though he has published before (a story formed around a Black Sabbath album released by 33 1/3), it’s only fair that it’s mentioned. The Mountain Goats is fairly popular and has a deeply devoted fan base populated by those who could probably go on and on about which songs resonate with them the most. But I’m afraid that this association will only result in one question: What drove Darnielle to write a novel, after years of almost exclusively making music? I hope Darnielle isn’t presented with this question too often, because it’s entirely beside the point.

I reviewed Wolf In White Van by John Darnielle (who’s also now on the NBA long list) for Everyday eBooks. 

This book is superb and I only got to read it early because of Aaron’s review, so read both.

"Bonjour classe, comment allez-vous aujourd’hui?"

"Très mauvais, madame, un fantôme mangé mon chien."

That’s what it’s like to be in your French III class the day after a ghost ate your dog. It’s very unlikely that this would ever happen, but this is exactly what it would be like. You don’t get to miss class if a ghost eats your dog. 

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kropotkindersurprise:

Hundreds of Romanian anti-fracking protesters break down the fences around a Chevron exploration site. Some 250 people gathered near the village of Pungesti chanting “Chevron go home. Following the incident, the US company later announced it was suspending activities in the area. 

If you don’t know what oil fracking is, please do a little research. It’s causing earthquakes in several places, including the U.S. in areas where there were little to no earthquakes before. 

state planners in america and europe wish to use fracking to ameliorate the european dependence on russian oil and natural gas. they want to repeat the model that allowed america to cut down heavily on oil imports from venezuela and africa at the cost of ruining the environment. for the most part, citizens of western european countries have more democratically responsive institutions, so fracking can’t be done there. instead, oil companies have turned to eastern europe, in places like romania and ukraine, where people are poorer and will accept environmental degradation if it leads to jobs, and where governments are even more corporate friendly. if people power can stop this expansion, european governments will likely switch to more renewables instead to reduce their dependence on russia. it’s imperative that they win.

antoine-roquentin:

thearidee:

kropotkindersurprise:

Hundreds of Romanian anti-fracking protesters break down the fences around a Chevron exploration site. Some 250 people gathered near the village of Pungesti chanting “Chevron go home. Following the incident, the US company later announced it was suspending activities in the area. 

If you don’t know what oil fracking is, please do a little research. It’s causing earthquakes in several places, including the U.S. in areas where there were little to no earthquakes before. 

state planners in america and europe wish to use fracking to ameliorate the european dependence on russian oil and natural gas. they want to repeat the model that allowed america to cut down heavily on oil imports from venezuela and africa at the cost of ruining the environment. for the most part, citizens of western european countries have more democratically responsive institutions, so fracking can’t be done there. instead, oil companies have turned to eastern europe, in places like romania and ukraine, where people are poorer and will accept environmental degradation if it leads to jobs, and where governments are even more corporate friendly. if people power can stop this expansion, european governments will likely switch to more renewables instead to reduce their dependence on russia. it’s imperative that they win.