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The TBR List: February 2017

The TBR List: February 2017

I've had love on the brain, and it's not just on account of Valentine's Day or this month's posts based on 1Q84. Love is the greatest adversary to violence, narrow-mindedness and negativity, and it's in that vein that I've chosen to focus on the positive while keeping a watchful eye on the future. Here are some essays, books and food bits that have fascinated me, given me hope and grounded me this month. 

- NASA recently announced the discovery of TRAPPIST-1 — a system of seven earth-sized planets orbiting a single star. This has inspired me to re-read one of my favorite books on space — Simon Singh's Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe. It's the perfect book to make our problems and differences seem infinitesimally small compared to the vastness of the space we live in.

- With the pace of political and technological change accelerating, Moshin Hamid attempts to counter our fears of the future by inviting storytellers to envision a brighter future. 

- Hamid's essay is especially poignant after reading Paul Di Filippo's detailed history of science fiction which explores the collapse of America.

- While I don't think we should panic about a doomsday scenario happening, it does help a tiny bit knowing that there's a seed bank located near Norway that has been gathering seeds to ensure human survival in a post-apocalyptic world. 

- A broken microwave at work put me in a miniature mode of survival. Turns out there's a lot you can munch on for lunch without having to heat it up first

- If you're in need of comfort food but feeling unmotivated, Chef John from Food Wishes has a simple "one-step" chicken noodle soup worth trying. 

- If you're in need of comfort food and feeling motivated, Maangchi has a more involved Korean dumpling soup that looks amazing. (This video is worth it for the "egg paper" alone.) 

- I'm not sure about this futuristic vegetarian "Impossible Burger" that supposedly tastes like the real deal. But if it reduces the environmental impact of animal farming, I'm willing to give it a go. 

- Here's a Kickstarter I can definitely get behind: Femme Magnifique, a graphic novel that reminds everyone "how far we've come and exactly where we're going by saluting 30 female trailblazers of yesterday and today." 

Literary recipe: Vegan tomato tart with lemon arugula pesto inspired by "The Mothers"

Literary recipe: Vegan tomato tart with lemon arugula pesto inspired by "The Mothers"

"1Q84" — A literary soundtrack

"1Q84" — A literary soundtrack