Philosophy & Critical Theory
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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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Humankind
A Hopeful History
Rutger Bergman
From the author of the New York Times bestseller Utopia for Realists comes the extraordinary #1 Dutch bestseller Humankind, which offers a bold, provocative argument that humans thrive in a crisis and that our innate kindness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in our long-term success on the planet.
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FEMINIST CITY
CLAIMING SPACE IN A MAN-MADE WORLD
Leslie Kern
Feminist City is an ongoing experiment in living differently, living better, and living more justly in an urban world.
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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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Figure It Out
Essays
Wayne Koestenbaum
A collection of intimate reflections (on art, punctuation, eyeglasses, color, dreams, celebrity, corpses, porn, and translation) and "assignments" that encourage pleasure, attentiveness, and acts of playful making, from the mischievous, munificent, extraordinary mind of legendary public intellectual.
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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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Radical Sacrifice
Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton pursues the concept of sacrifice through the history of human thought, from antiquity to modernity, in religion, politics, and literature. He sheds skewed perceptions of the idea, honing in on a radical structural reconception that relates the ancient world to our own in terms of civilization and violence.
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Afropessimism
Frank B. Wilderson III
Combining precise philosophy with a torrent of memories, Wilderson presents the tenets of an increasingly prominent intellectual movement that sees Blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery.
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Dictionary of the Undoing
John Freeman
Recommended by Paul

With an afterword by Valeria Luiselli, Dictionary of the Undoing is a necessary, resounding cri de coeur in defense of language, meaning, and our ability to imagine, describe, and build a better world.

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How to Do Nothing
Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell
A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we've been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world
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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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