Hi Nina! I'd never read Octavia Butler before either but a few times when I had searched for fiction to borrow from the library, her books would come up. I also chose to start with Parable of the Sower, which is generally not something I would have picked up as sci-fi is not my cup of tea. I loved it! Couldn't put it down.

As for Google's search algorithm... GROSS! While I am not shocked, I am disgusted. I was wondering if you would mind if I shared what you wrote regarding this on Facebook so my friends could know about it? I will credit you and link to your blog.

Thank you for sharing your world!

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It doesn’t specifically address the Purdue Pharma thing, but you may want to read Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression’ for insight (if you haven’t already).

Also, I wonder how much Purdue University affects search results when you enter ‘pursue’ + anything.

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Thank you for introducing me to Alex Cloville. Complex and comforting. Your description of Tom Gratton’s The Recent East reminded me of a film I saw at the Edinburgh Film Festival a number of years ago, A House in Berlin by filmmaker Cynthia Beatt. It follows a Glasgow woman as she deals with the inheritance of an old house in Berlin from her Jewish great uncle. The sense of place, the city of Berlin, is as strong as the narrative. A valuable discussion of Allen vs. Farrow.


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