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A Novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant
In 1858, two black women meet at a restaurant and begin to plot a revolution. Mary Ellen Pleasant owns a string of hotels in San Francisco that secretly double as havens for runaway slaves. Her comrade, Annie, is a young Jamaican who has given up her...
City Lights Spotlight No. 2
The second volume in the City Lights Spotlight series—experimental poems by innovative New York poet and former St. Mark's Poetry Project director.
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of...
The Meaning of Freedom|
And Other Difficult Dialogues
Angela Davis' first book in nearly a decade, and her only book of speeches on racism, community, freedom, and politics in the United States.
A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation|
Improvisation rattles some listeners. Maybe they're even suspicious of it. John Coltrane's saxophonic flights of fancy, Jimi Hendrix's feedback drenched guitar solos, Ravi Shankar’s sitar extrapolations—all these sounds seem like so much noodling or jamming, indulgent self-expression. "Just" improvising, as is sometimes said.