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Bullshit Jobs (Hardcover, 2018, Simon Schuster) 4 stars

Bullshit Jobs: A Theory is a 2018 book by anthropologist David Graeber that argues the …

Fun, depressing, provocative

4 stars

Halfway between the humoristic and scientific publication, what started as a provocation ends up in building a theory that is in fact a (often humoristic, sometimes depressing) criticism to capitalistic system and the work culture that is embedded on it. A must-read.

Utopia for Realists (2016, The Conversation) 4 stars

Utopia is not only possible, it has already started!

4 stars

Rutger Bregman presents a series of stories and facts that speculate not only how a fairer, more rational and equitable the world could be, but also how could have been if at certain point history would have taken another turn. And by doing so, it questions the very essence of many of today's assumptions regarding workload, wellfare, borders, wages, poors... that neoliberal mantras makes us believe which constitute the foundations of capitalist societies. And what it is more important: it plants the seed of new different ideas that can lead to this utopia he often refers to as "The land of plenty" to be a reality not just for a few chosen ones, but for everyone.

Written in a very informative and colloquial language (although I felt sometimes to be structured in a weird manner with many jumps back and forth*) it is aimed to everyone, without the need of …

Panza de burro (Paperback, Es language, 2021, Editorial Barrett) 3 stars

Sí, pero...

3 stars

Se trata de un libro que tiene todas las papeletas para gustarme: habla de un tiempo y un lugar que me son muy familiares y a la vez muy lejanos, y lo hace con un lenguaje que es el mío y, a la vez, no lo es. Habla de situaciones cotidianas y a la vez serias a través de ópticas de niños... Y sin embargo, no me ha enganchado. Me ha dejado muy indiferente, y no sé explicar el por qué.

Review of 'Panza de burro' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Se trata de un libro que tiene todas las papeletas para gustarme: habla de un tiempo y un lugar que me son muy familiares y a la vez muy lejanos, y lo hace con un lenguaje que es el mío y, a la vez, no lo es. Habla de situaciones cotidianas y a la vez serias a través de ópticas de niños... Y sin embargo, no me ha enganchado. Me ha dejado muy indiferente, y no sé explicar el por qué.

Feminist City (2020, Verso) 3 stars

Good introductory book to a gender-based look about cities

3 stars

Admittedly, it is not what I expected. After reading the title, author's bio and summary, I thought this would be an essential book to build a theoretical framework about urban studies with a gendered approach, which is what I was looking for. Instead, it is a very personal book in which the author shares her lived experiences around feminism and cities (that relationship is not always so clear).

Being said that, I have enjoyed reading it. The book is well written, the stories are interesting and very illustrative and the text is full of bibliographical references for those who want to know more. This combination makes it a very good introductory book for those (like me) who want to start learning about urban studies with a gendered perspective.

Lo que Sócrates diría a Woody Allen (Hardcover, Spanish language, 2003, Espasa Calpe) 5 stars

Introducción profunda y amena, a través de la filosofía y el cine, a algunas de …

Combo perfecto

5 stars

Una combinación perfecta y bien contada. Juan Antonio Rivera tiene una forma de contar las películas y de reflexionar sobre ellas que, al terminar cada capítulo, no puedes sino dejar de tener ganas de ver (o volver a ver) la película con la mirada de Sócrates.

Feminist City (2019, Between the Lines) 3 stars

Review of 'Feminist City' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Admittedly, it is not what I expected. After reading the title, author's bio and summary, I thought this would be an essential book to build a theoretical framework about urban studies with a gendered approach, which is what I was looking for. Instead, it is a very personal book in which the author shares her lived experiences around feminism and cities (that relationship is not always so clear).Being said that, I have enjoyed reading it. The book is well written, the stories are interesting and very illustrative and the text is full of bibliographical references for those who want to know more. This combination makes it a very good introductory book for those (like me) who want to start learning about urban studies with a gendered perspective.

La Ciudad de Vapor (2020, Editorial Planeta) 2 stars

Descartados y descartables

2 stars

No está a la altura de las anteriores novelas. Más que un homenage al autor por parte del editor más bien parece una voluntad de estirar el chicle a partir de recopilar una serie de borradores y descartes del autor.

Algunas historias son excesivamente pretenciosas y manidas. Destaca muy negativamente los personaes femeninos.Los pocos que hay son secundarios y limitados exclusivamente a objetos de admiración sin apenas voluntad cuya única virtud es la belleza y están destinadas a servir a otros personajes masculinos.

La Ciudad de Vapor (2020, Editorial Planeta) 2 stars

Review of 'La Ciudad de Vapor' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

No está a la altura de las anteriores novelas. Más que un homenage al autor por parte del editor más bien parece una voluntad de estirar el chicle a partir de recopilar una serie de borradores y descartes del autor. Algunas historias son excesivamente pretenciosas y manidas. Destaca muy negativamente la presencia de papeles femeninos, limitados exclusivamente a objetos de admiración sin apenas voluntad cuya única virtud es la belleza y están destinadas a servir a otros personajes masculinos.