Claire Marin, “La Déferlante”, “Learning to make love” … This summer, read on for ideas to save your brain-Liberation

Don’t feel guilty: yes, you can forget this great classic you promised yourself in your book this summer. Yes, your lounge seat will be included (in addition to Released) “relaxation” magazines and adventure or rose-water novels. It’s not serious. First, because you do what you want. Then, because it won’t stop you from also delving into these few essays and reviews that are suitable for reading on the beach or under the trees, the ecological environment, LGBT issues, fun, or our individual identity. To keep the gray thing going, that’s enough.

Everyone is looking for their place

Are there places you feel at home? Can we find a place for ourselves or is it just a fantasy? Accessible, accurate and sensitive at the same time, That is in his place (L’Observatoire editions) by the philosopher Claire Marin explores different aspects of this subject where it is a question of our singularity, our identity, our social integration. The places we covet, which we want to leave at all costs, those where we are burdened, or which sometimes impose themselves on us, by chance … The philosopher also responds to buried or unspoken desires to kill -og in the positions desired by this couple, this job, this family. After a first recognized book about the breakdowns that marked our lives, Claire Marin once again gave a unique essay that resonated with everyone, an intimate, philosophical and literary journey where we met Georges Perec , Annie Ernaux, Maria Pourchet, and others.

That is in his placeClaire Marin, Observatory editions, 240 pp., 18 €

Trans panic, calm down!

Marriage for all, transidentity, sexual non-binarity: for several years, some psychoanalysts did not have enough harsh words to condemn developments in terms of sexuality. The collapse of anthropology, the disappearance of signs, disaster seems almost in their eyes. More convincingly, psychoanalyst Laurie Laufer developed a completely different approach. It is the most important of the discipline to release one’s knowledge in order to better listen to one’s new demands, he decides on an inspiring book, To an emancipated psychoanalysis. Reconnect subversion (Discovery). Retreat is not an expert on mental health, he recalls, and psychoanalysis is not psychiatry or a form of psychic normativity. In this accessible but scholarly book, he recaps the thread of discussion between Freud’s discipline and the LGBTQI+ movements. Salutary.

To an emancipated psychoanalysis. Reconnect subversionLaurie Laufer, The Discovery, 246 pp., € 18.50

How are you … rocker?

Growing rutabagas, strawberries or tomatoes … and if it’s something other than something of the crop? Anthropologist Dusan Kazic travels the farms to meet those who feed us, whether they are organic, agricultural farmers or more traditional models. And he takes seriously how they interact with their plants. Many talked to them, and even assured that they were working. “I suggest talking about‘ inter-species work ’, and considering plants as‘ seasonal workers ’to show that work is no longer human-centered”, says the researcher, who examines thousands of forms of this “co-domestication” between humans and plants. By suppressing the productive song of agro-industry and considering another passage for the world of agriculture. Let’s take the seed.

If done with plants if they want, Designing a world without production or economy, Dusan Kazic, The Discovery, 386 pp., 22 €

female laughter

No, humor is not reserved for men and less for the sexist valve, confirms the feathers of feminist magazine the Breaker. This sixth issue, released in June, offers her dossier on feminine hilarity: we learn that women don’t always have the right to laugh – it’s considered bad and even for a long time the mark of a selfish sexual desire. Throughout the centuries, feminine humor has been erected in the service of combating violence and gender stereotypes: comedians criticizing male self-segregation, drag-queens portraying caricaturing of the sexes, feminist slogans of subversive irony. like in. “there is more unknown than the soldier, it is his wife” proclaimed the birth of the MLF in 1970 … In this summer edition, a comic strip explores female piracy: secretly disguised to trample on the ranks of the (very) macho bans of the 17th century, the two heroes navigate the unwanted Caribbean. waves and faces the death penalty …

the breaking of the wave, the review of feminist revolutions, quarterly, number 6, June 2022, 160pp., 19 €

When sex swings

What is a perfect shot, an accomplished sexual relationship? As philosophers seek to define the good life, Alexandre Lacroix, director of Philosophy Magazine, took, in his last work, learning to love (Allary Editions), an important chart of what a proper sex relationship is. There is no value judgment here, rather an invitation to reflect on the actions we make in the mechanical way of embracing, to find more intense joy there. To avoid trouble, Alexandre Lacroix expressed from the beginning the structure of his reflection: sexuality between people who like and attract each other. Its purpose? Living sexuality as an aesthetic to challenge the dominant consumer perspective and remove sexuality from the limited plot “foreplay, penetration, orgasm”, promoted by mainstream pornography. A word of caution: it should shake!

Learn to love Alexandre Lacroix, Allary, 221 pp., € 18.90

live again

It may be a bit exaggerated to talk about a misleading title when talking about zoologist Arik Kershenbaum’s book, extraterrestrial life, but you still have to accept a cunning to put his subject in the vastness of the universe to detect the curiosity of a reader who is interested in distant planets and strange creatures. Because it’s not about facts and observations, but about an exciting dissemination of what we know about the laws of biology, starting with the relatively strong assumption that these laws are the same everywhere: “The land may not be so unique that the rules there are so different.” And if you think you know the first of these rules, “Life evolved by natural choice”, it takes the whole book to understand, with confusion, the magnitude of what it means. Here and everywhere.

Extraterrestrial life, a guide for the galactic traveler, Arik Kershenbaum, Flammarion, 416 pages, € 23.90

What does not struggle to enjoy

If the political left diminishes, its ability to win hearts is weakened (even if the Nupes give it color) it is because it further abandons happiness and loses the taste of good things, Michaël Foessel believes, philosopher and professor at the Ecole Polytechnique. What doesn’t become nearly boring is by bringing debates about quinoa or bike trails to the forefront. He would have represented the party of restraint by slowly forgetting the subversive dimension of happiness, which he nevertheless had no reason to dismiss the reactionary posture and his “French art of living”. An essay that captures a willing mind that is sometimes found in progressive activism. And that suggests above all to revive a tradition of left -handed articles of happiness and freedom. This is a yes.

Red light district. Happiness and the left, Michaël Foessel, Puff, 231 pages, € 17

Racism cannot be eradicated

Because it is a matter of skin color, racism is above all a visceral and carnal experience. Not caring for oneself, does this mean not feeling discriminated against? By weaving a letter to his daughter on the story of his ancestors – on the one hand, resistance to the settlers of Mali, and on the other hand, the Ashkenazi Jews expelled from Auschwitz – the ex -boxer Aya Cissoko reveals the black situation like American writer Ta. -Nehisi Coates and James Baldwin. This learning story, makes it “Thoughtfully erased the faces of the collective account”filled with a political reflection on the institutional sources of this disqualification against it “Childhood is not protective”, even at school. Far from pure testimony, the triple amateur world champion took to the paths of restoration: “The dead must stop bothering the living. Writing is probably a way to tame them for a peaceful coexistence. ”

In the name of all of you, Aya Cissoko, Threshold, 120 pp., € 17

Birds are our friends

This is the problem when you learn about ecology in books: you can’t fail to separate “nature” and “culture”, and you know how important it is to reconnect fauna and flora to respond. the crisis. But does that make sense if you don’t recognize a titmouse? With his “Carnets du scarabée”, Tana fills our gaps. The first opus, birds, an introduction to ornithology full of drawings of birds and advice. You’ve learned to choose your binoculars, but most of all, to get started effectively: instead of throwing yourself into the taxonomies of science, it’s better to separate French birds according to ten functional categories , such as “birds that fly” or “little birds that fly”. Above all, don’t shy away from sparrows: choosing a simple public park as a place to regularly observe common species is the surest way to learn to find others.

BirdsRaphaël Sané and Fabrice Schmitt, Tana edition, 134 pp., € 13.90

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