Philosophy & Critical Theory
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Echoing Ida Collection
Kemi Alabi, Cynthia R. Greenlee
An anthology of community reporting that disrupts political and social norms in order to envision a Black, queer liberated future.
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Know-It-All Society
Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture
Michael P. Lynch
The "philosopher of truth" (Jill Lepore, The New Yorker) returns with a clear-eyed and timely critique of our culture's narcissistic obsession with thinking that "we" know and "they" don't.
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Character
The History of a Cultural Obsession
Marjorie Garber
A spirited, engaging investigation into the concept of character, an enduring human obsession in literature, psychology, politics, and everyday life.
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THIS IS MAJOR ' NOTES ON DIANA ROSS DAR
Shayla Lawson is major. You don't know who she is. Yet. But that’s okay. She is on a mission to move black girls like herself from best supporting actress to a starring role in the major narrative.
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VIRUS IN THE AGE OF MADNESS
Forget the world that came before. The author of American Vertigo serves up an incisive look at how COVID-19 reveals the dangerous fault lines of contemporary society.
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I Like to Watch
Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution
Emily Nussbaum
From The New Yorker's fiercely original, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watch.
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Being Property Once Myself
Blackness and the End of Man
Joshua Bennett
A prize-winning poet argues that blackness acts as the caesura between human and nonhuman, man and animal.
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Scandinavian Noir
In Pursuit of a Mystery
Wendy Lesser
An in-depth and personal exploration of Scandinavian crime fiction as a way into Scandinavian culture at large.
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Philosopher of the Heart
The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard
Clare Carlisle
Philosopher of the Heart is the groundbreaking biography of renowned existentialist Søren Kierkegaard's life and creativity, and a searching exploration of how to be a human being in the world.
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Under the Red White and Blue
Patriotism, Disenchantment, and the Stubborn Myth of the Great Gatsby
Greil Marcus
A deep dive into how F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision of the American Dream has been understood, portrayed, distorted, misused, and kept alive.
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Afropessimism
Frank B. Wilderson III
In an eloquent mix of memoir, philosophy, and critical theory, Frank Wilderson unsparingly explains how humanity defines itself through anti-Blackness and racism. --recommended by Stacey
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Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
A Graphic Biography
Nick Thorkelson, Paul Buhle, Andrew T. Lamas
The life, times, and work of Herbert Marcuse, one of the 20th century's most remarkable cultural figures.
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Ways of Hearing
Damon Krukowski
Recommended by Andy & Paul

Based on his ear-opening podcast, Ways of Hearing expertly chronicles the transition from analog culture to digital. And while Krukowski points out what is gained in the digital world, he also reminds us what we're losing- and who's making those decisions for us.

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ILLUMINATIONS: ESSAYS & REFLECTIONS
Walter Benjamin writes in Illuminations of an angel of history who watches one catastrophe pile after another. In the midst of our recent catastrophes, I wish this great philosopher were with us today, as an angel who could reunite us with his wisdom. --recommended by Solomon

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