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[O QUE ESTAMOS LENDO?] Nothing to see here, Confined, Bourdain, Cypherpunks: see the April selection

Another warm list of readings for the month that the newsroom staff have been reading. If you haven’t seen the previous lists, don’t be shy! Click here. Before going to the list of titles of the What are we reading?, I just wanted to point out that, yes, he’s back: our editor Marcelo Rodrigues and his two book tips for the month! And it is with them that we will begin. Here we go?

What are we reading?

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
By: Marcelo Rodrigues
What if, instead of mulling over your choices over the years, you could literally have the life you’ve always dreamed of? This is the proposal of Blake Crouch’s sci-fi novel, which combines a dash of a Wikipedia article on quantum physics and dark matter with a generous dose of the movie “Primer”.

In the story, physics professor Jason Dessen wonders what his life would be like if, instead of a family he loves, he had dedicated himself to his work as a researcher. After being kidnapped by a mysterious man, he is forced to answer this question in practice. The plot takes a while to get going, but when it takes a breath, it’s hard to put the reading aside!

Publishing company: intrinsic | 352 pages

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
[O QUE ESTAMOS LENDO?]  Nothing to see here, Confined, Bourdain, Cypherpunks: see the April selection By: Marcelo Rodrigues
How a story in which a girl is going to take care of twins who – lo and behold – catch fire when they get nervous might be one of the best books in recent years, I don’t know. But nothing to see here that’s exactly it. With an incredibly immersive first-person narration, terrifyingly real dialogue and a completely insane situation, Kevin Wilson’s text will not only entertain you from beginning to end, but will keep echoing in your thoughts for a long, long time. Seriously: if you can only read one book this year, let it be this one – and thank me later!
Publishing company: HarperCollins | 272 pages

Confined, by Leandro Assis and Triscila Oliveira
[O QUE ESTAMOS LENDO?]  Nothing to see here, Confined, Bourdain, Cypherpunks: see the April selection By: Renata Aquino
This Brazilian comic book is very different from a traditional hero and villain story and brings the weight of reality with an acid humor. It deals with two characters, Fran and Ju. Fran is rich, a digital influencer and Ju, a resident of the neighboring favela forced to look for housework during the pandemic.

confined is a selection of the comics on Instagram by Leandro Assis and Triscila Oliveira that unravel topics such as social inequality, racism, political polarization, homosexuality, rape and much more. With the subtitle “A strip of hate”, the comics are constantly going through controversies on Instagram, which occasionally censors some content. Another online series from the authors – the the saints –, which portrays a middle-class family, is a precursor of history (and also accurate in dealing with deep and social issues). Whether in the book (which has physical and e-book) or on Instagramthe stories are worth it!

Publishing company: Still | 192 pages

Cypherpunks — Freedom and the Future of the Internet, by Julian Assange et al.
Liliane Nakagawa By: Liliane Nakagawa
‘Cypherpunks — Freedom and the Future of the Internet’ is a read I did a few years ago, but I couldn’t help but recommend it to TecMasters readers. Like every must-read book, this is one that I feel I need to revisit soon.

The movement cypherpunk — (cryptographic) derivation of cypher (encrypted writing) and punk — was born in the early 1990s and peaked during the “cryptowars” and after internet censorship in the Arab Spring. Julian Assange, one of the best known cypherpunks (root) of today, discusses various topics involving digital surveillance, censorship, militarization of cyberspace, internet and its relations with politics and the economy, with three prominent activists of the digital world: Jacob Appelbaum — TOR software developer; Andy Müller-Maguhn — spokesman for the German hacker association Chaos Computer Club; and Jérémie Zimmermann — activist for the NGO La Quadrature du Net.

The Brazilian edition was launched in 2013, but remains current. The warning, as the author himself describes the work, still serves our time, in which “citizens’ private data are systematically collected and requested by government surveillance, posing a serious risk to civil and political liberties”.

‘Cypherpunks’ is a must-have, not just for those interested in hacktivism, but for anyone pursuing enlightenment. If we had “Privacy for the weak, transparency for the powerful”, what would our world look like?

Publishing company: good time | 158 pages

Confidential Kitchen by Anthony Bourdain
Tissiane Vincentin By: Tissiane Vincentin
Anthony Bourdain was one of gastronomy’s renowned (and most debauched) chefs. At the Confidential Kitchenhe tells a little about the backstage of this hot kitchen universe, but also about how he grew up as a professional and — why not — as a human, in a first-person account with doses of acid humor (very Bourdain style).
Publishing company: table company | 408 pages


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