Philosophy & Critical Theory
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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
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. - Staff Picked by Andy & Paul
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Surrogate Humanity
Race, Robots, and the Politics of Technological Futures
Neda Atanasoski, Kalindi Vora
Surrogate Humanity traces the ways in which robots, artificial intelligence, and other technologies serve as surrogates for human workers within a labor system entrenched in racial capitalism and patriarchy.
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Foucault in California
A True Story -- Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death
Simeon Wade
Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man's burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers.
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The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power
Shoshana Zuboff
The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.
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Du Bois' Telegram
Literary Resistance and State Containment
Juliana Spahr
Taking her cue from W. E. B. Du Bois, Juliana Spahr explores how state interests have shaped U.S. literature. What is the relationship between literature and politics? Can writing be revolutionary? Can art be autonomous or is escape from nations and nationalisms impossible? As her sobering study affirms, aesthetic resistance is easily domesticated.
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The New Dark Age
Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle
Bridle's demonstrations of how the physical footprint of virtual space developed along the physical lines of traditionally imperialist, elitist power and continue to reinforce ever-deepening chasms of inequality are fascinating and alarming."––Recommended by Christopher P., City Lights Booksellers
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Bullshit Jobs
A Theory
David Graeber
From bestselling writer David Graeber, a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs, and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful, provocative essay titled "On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs." It went viral.
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Guy Debord
Anselm Jappe
The first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International (1957–1972).
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The Responsibility of Intellectuals
Noam Chomsky
Originally published in the New York Review of Books, Chomsky's essay eviscerated the "hypocritical moralism of the past" (such as when Woodrow Wilson set out to teach Latin Americans "the art of good government") and exposed the shameful policies in Vietnam and the role of intellectuals in justifying it.
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At the Existentialist Cafe
Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others
Sarah Bakewell
Bakewell manifests the freedom and thrill of existentialism with hardly any of the dread. You are free. You decide. —Recommended by Caitlyn
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The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Abraham Flexner
A short, provocative book about why "useless" science often leads to humanity's greatest technological breakthroughs A forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value.
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We Gon' Be Alright
Notes on Race and Resegregation
Jeff Chang
In these provocative, powerful essays acclaimed writer/journalist Jeff Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country.He argues that resegregation is the unexamined condition of our time, the undoing of which is key to moving the nation forward to racial justice and equity.
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The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness
Rebecca Solnit
The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction including Men Explain Things To Me, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness.

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