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After the months long slog with War and Peace - which I did actually enjoy - I polished off The Left Hand of Darkness in a bit more than a week. Loved it. And it’s reminded me why I love reading, and sci-fi.

@sonya I'm slogging through the pale king right now. Can't wait to devour a less painful book

@sonya it's OK. I find the theme of boredom really interesting and I like his humour. But after I started it I found out about his, er, character flaws, which has put me off him generally. And it's not as enjoyable as (eg) infinite jest. It's not giving me the feeling of being alive that my favourite books give :)

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A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

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"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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