Finished reading @aptshadow's The Doors of Eden. Whew. It's a really good book, and you should read it. A brief thread with some of my favourite passages (no spoilers):

"But this is still made landscape. We can never return it to what it was. The land is never still, and what we've made here cannot change and grow like a land should. It is a garden, but a garden is better than a wasteland."

"He was not good. He was good. He was not bad.

There are shades of qualities that your language does not accommodate. Between us there was not love or love but love. Love is pain sometimes. Sometimes pain is good ... complicated things."

"... what [she] had been looking for all her life: an escape from ordinary, the door to fairyland. A girl who'd never fit in, searching for a place nobody could fit in."

These passages exemplify one of the qualities of The Doors of Eden that stands out for me, that I think marks the best of SF, what I try to do myself - ask the question, but it's for the readers to answer, and you should never be *entirely* sure which side you're on.

Will note as an aside that Tchaikovsky loves the word "fractal", and it is indeed a lovely word.
Lastly, thank to @Hugo_Book_Club whose review made me know I had to get this book, even though I'm chary about novels longer than 500 pages. This one's worth every page.

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17 Feb
Important part of the #PriyaRamani judgment: the Court affirms that an honest error of fact will not lead to liability for defamation, as long as reasonable efforts were made to ensure veracity (in the context of Akbar's resignation as Minister).
Other important findings:

- the length of time between the incident of sexual harassment and making it public is irrelevant (pg. 90)

- the absence or failure of institutional mechanisms means that survivors are entitled to use other media to speak up. (pg. 90)
- speaking up on public platforms is a form of self-defence (pg. 90)

- sexual harassment undermines both dignity (Article 21) and equality (Articles 14 and 15) because of its gendered nature; these rights override the right to reputation (pg 90)
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Devastated to learn about the passing of Mourid Barghouti.

"I Saw Ramallah" is one of the most beautiful pieces of prose that I have ever read in my life.

Ave atque vale.
"Memory is not a geometric shape drawn with instruments, mathematical decisions and a calculator, an area of glorious joy next to an area of pain."
"... through its form, poetry can resist the content of authoritarian discourse. By resorting to understatement, concrete and physical language, a poet contends against abstraction, generalization, hyperbole and the heroic language of hot-headed generals and bogus lovers alike."
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26 Jan
With Hugo Noms open, will try to highlight, over the next few days, some of the work I read in 2020, with the caveat that I'm sure there is a lot of amazing work I couldn't read.

By fellow-Indians: @lavanya_ln's Analogue/Virtual for best novel:…
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This is such absolutely cynical stuff from the Supreme Court that it's hard to know where to begin.
The Court act as if it can "suspend" laws of its own sweet will. It can't.

For the Court to stay a law, it has to find that it is prima facie unconstitutional, and issue a reasoned order saying so. This is *not* optional.

For obvious reasons, it has not done so here.
It is cynical for another reason. A host of laws have been challenged before the Supreme Court in recent times, where arguments were *actually* made for prima facie unconstitutionality. The Court refused to stay any of these laws, and refused to even engage with the arguments.
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Let's be very clear that what Salve wants to do here is to effectively kill the right to protest by firing from the court's shoulder. It's the easiest thing for State agents to infiltrate a peaceful protest, cause violence, and then leave the "organiser" to bear the brunt.
In fact that's what the UP government has been up to with its ordinances. Make sure nobody ever calls a (peaceful) protest, because even if somebody totally random causes violence, the state can swoop down, confiscate your property, and put you in jail.
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One full thread of the most up-to-date jurisprudence on "personal liberty":

Guardians of "personal liberty" having a very normal one today.

The relentless pursuit of "personal liberty" by the courts brings a lump to every throat and a tear to every eye.

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