Category Archives: Books

Crises of the Republic – Hannah Arendt (1972)

“‘The possibilities that exist between two people, or among a group of people,’ Adrienne Rich wrote in her beautiful 1975 speech on lying and what truth really means, ‘are a kind of alchemy. They are the most interesting thing in … Continue reading

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Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American – L. A. Kauffman

“In 1971, the People Didn’t Just March on Washington — They Shut It Down. The largest and most audacious direct action in US history is also among the least remembered, a protest that has slipped into deep historical obscurity. It was … Continue reading

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Collected Poems – Edward Dorn

“A Collected Poems of Edward Dorn, the American poet who died in 1999, is a necessary and overdue publication, and, whatever the circumstances, the fact that it was not published in U.S.A. suggests that there is something very wrong with … Continue reading

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Jim Bouton – Ball Four (1970)

“Jim Bouton, a pitcher of modest achievement but a celebrated iconoclast who left a lasting mark on baseball as the author of ‘Ball Four,’ a raunchy, shrewd, irreverent — and best-selling — player’s diary that tainted the game’s wholesome image, … Continue reading

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The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 – Hunter S. Thompson

“One thing that this collection of letters makes clear at the outset is that Hunter S. Thompson, he of the ‘Fear and Loathing’ books, for whom the phrase ‘gonzo journalist’ was invented, has always burned to carve his initials onto … Continue reading

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Shirley Clarke

“Shirley Clarke (née Brimberg; October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997) was an American experimental and independent filmmaker, director and editor. … In her first film, Dance in the Sun (1953), she adapted a choreography of Daniel Nagrin. The New … Continue reading

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The Situationist Times

“The Situationist Times was an international, English-language periodical created and edited by Jacqueline de Jong, of which six issues were published between 1962 and 1967. A radical compendium using such Situationist tactics as détournement and a printed form of dérive, … Continue reading

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The Sixties Return – Philip Norman

“The sixties are back: if you doubt it, run your hand along this row of dresses in a trendy downtown New York store. Here is a deep-turquoise number with a bow at the back, pining for a girdle and a … Continue reading

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The Squares of the City – John Brunner (1965)

“In 1892, Wilhelm Steinitz and Mikhail Chigorin squared off in the finals of the World Chess Championship in Havana, Cuba. One of the deciding matches so original in gamesmanship and rife with strategically interesting play, it has become one of … Continue reading

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Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges

“… On the occasion of the centenary of his birth Viking/Penguin published three fat volumes of Borges’ fiction, poetry, and non-fiction (collected, selected, and selected, respectively) — an admirable attempt that still falls far short of the comprehensive presentation of … Continue reading

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