Mother Ocean Father Nation

Read Mother Ocean Father Nation by Nishant Batsha

Jaipal feels like the unnoticed, unremarkable sibling, always left to fend for himself. He is stuck working in the family store, avoiding their father’s wrath, with nothing but his hidden desires to distract him. Desperate for money and connection, he seizes a sudden opportunity to take his life into his own hands for the first time. But his decision leaves him at the mercy of an increasingly volatile country. On a small Pacific island, a brother and sister tune in to a breaking news radio bulletin. It is 1985, and an Indian grocer has just been attacked by nativists aligned with the recent military coup. Now, fear and shock are rippling through the island’s deeply-rooted Indian community as racial tensions rise to the brink. Spanning from the lush terrain of the South Pacific to the golden hills of San Francisco, Mother Ocean Father Nation is an entrancing debut about how one family, at the mercy of a nation broken by legacies of power and oppression, forges a path to find a home once again. Bhumi hears this news from her locked-down dorm room in the capital city. She is the ambitious, intellectual standout of the family—the one destined for success. But when her friendship with the daughter of a prominent government official becomes a liability, she must flee her unstable home for California. A riveting, tender debut novel, following a brother and sister whose paths diverge—one forced to leave, one left behind—in the wake of a nationalist coup in the South Pacific

Jaipal and Bhumi are estranged siblings. The first is a young gay man working as a bartender, the second a brilliant biology student, both of them living on a small West Pacific island. When the dictator starts discriminating against « Indians » more and more, they’re worried – when discrimination turns into plain government harassment,…

Some answers on ActivityPub for

Replied to Some flaws with ActivityPub and integration by Elizabeth Tai (Elizabeth Tai)

Definitely liking how ActivityPub works with my two blogs. However, there are a few limitations.

I’ve been using activitypub for wordpress for several months now, before it was officially supported by and then Otherwise I don’t have any good knowledge of the plugin, so this is just « random user knowledge », not expert or even power user answers. But replying to two of the flaws you highlight…

From Here

Read From Here by Luma Mufleh

In her coming-of-age memoir, refugee advocate Luma Mufleh writes of her tumultuous journey to reconcile her identity as a gay Muslim woman and a proud Arab-turned-American refugee.

This memoir started out as a read for my « Around the world in 195 countries » challenge and ended up with me sobbing (yes, again – what can I say, October was a mental health struggle). It was an excellent read.

Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Hunt Down The Last Remaining Lesbian Bars In America

Read Moby Dyke: An Obsessive Quest To Hunt Down The Last Remaining Lesbian Bars In America by Krista Burton

A former Rookie contributor and creator of the popular blog Effing Dykes investigates the disappearance of America’s lesbian bars by visiting the last few in existence.

An excellent read in which Krista Burton tells us about her travels to 23 lesbian bars in the USA immediately after the pandemic lockdowns. She tells us about the importance of these places, their individual stories, different lesbian cultures across her country and much more, with a lot of thoughts about who belongs in lesbian…

When we were sisters

Read When We Were Sisters by Fatimah Asghar

An orphan grapples with gender, siblinghood, family, and coming-of-age as a Muslim in America in this lyrical debut novel from the acclaimed author of If They Come For Us.

This novel follows three sisters who are orphaned at a young age and left in the « care » of a neglectful uncle. These three young Muslim girls grow up in the USA and have very different lives. The story is told from the point of view of the youngest, starting with what a small…

Liked Enjoy the difference by Simone SilvestroniSimone Silvestroni (

Three years after I left Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I might have found a space where to both agree and disagree in peace, while growing connections.
a remote part of my brain is still expecting a somewhat violent reaction to polite criticism. Supposedly, three years off the cesspits that are Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are not enough to completely shrug off this intentional behavioural manipulation.

Own physical books

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Given all this, I think that owning physical copies of books is subversive and I encourage ownership of this thing that can’t be easily taken away from you. I encourage sharing banned books specifically because they’re banned.

Curtis replaced his PKM Weekly blog post with a note on owning physical books (if you can) in an environment where activists of hate will probably soon try to pressure Amazon to delete « banned books », which can be done retroactively on an e-reader. I’ll add to his post that we can and should…