Category Archives: Books

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut (1963)

“Cat’s Cradle is the fourth novel by American writer Kurt Vonnegut, first published in 1963. It explores issues of science, technology, and religion, satirizing the arms race and many other targets along the way. After turning down his original thesis … Continue reading

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Grace Paley, the Saint of Seeing

“Grace Paley’s literary approach is to make a dazzling verbal surface that doesn’t so much linearly represent the world as remind us of its dazzle.” “When photography arrived in the world, or so I’ve heard, painting had to reconsider itself. … Continue reading

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The Fire Next Time – James Baldwin (1963)

“The Fire Next Time is a 1963 book by James Baldwin. It contains two essays: ‘My Dungeon Shook — Letter to my Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation,’ and ‘Down At The Cross — Letter from a Region … Continue reading

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Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness (1899)

“Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was originally published as a three-part serial story in Blackwood’s Magazine in 1899, then later as a novella in the 1902 collection Youth: … Continue reading

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Days of Rage

Police arrest demonstrators at a “Days of Rage” protest, in Chicago, on October 11, 1969, organized by the Weathermen, a radical offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society. “The Days of Rage demonstrations were a series of direct actions taken … Continue reading

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Gregory Bateson – Steps to an Ecology of Mind (1972)

“Within the last decade, environmental concerns have seized public awareness to a previously unachieved degree. Growing public awareness of Earth’s environment is the one slender benefit of the imminent nature of the ecological crises facing our world’s population. Yet although … Continue reading

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The Anarchist Cookbook – William Powell (1971)

“If you’ve been around long enough, you’ve probably seen The Anarchist Cookbook: It has a black cover, blocky white letters and instructions for making your own explosives. The book was published in the early 1970s with this warning: ‘Read this … Continue reading

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