I have not been reading any books or short stories. I have instead been reading way too much stuff about my country's current glorious political situation, mostly via Twitter and Facebook. Have some highlights:
Happy Now pretty much covers my current emotional state (spoiler: not happy)
Brexit was a Con is a thoughtful comparison to the Scottish referendum
Things we can do:
On LJ, my friend strange_complex wrote about things to do to "[try] to make this country the best place it can possibly be, given the hand we are now holding"
Two different guides to speaking up in response to hate speech: I sincerely hope not to need this, but I also know that preparing by thinking through my possible responses is the best way to avoid being part of the bystander effect. The Guardian last November ran "How do I ... respond when I see racial abuse in public? and UNITED for Intercultural Action provide a leaflet Who, if not you? which covers similar ground.
More general again: good advice about how to argue with people if you actually want to persuade them rather than "win".
What I'm reading next:
Charles Stross's latest, The Nightmare Stacks, where I can escape into a world where the existential threat to my country is merely an alien invasion of Leeds. Also I have now logged out of Facebook entirely on my phone, and hidden the Twitter shortcut, in an attempt to stop the negstimming.
Today's bird: Moorhen