Philosophy & Critical Theory
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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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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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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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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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Nan Dòmi
An Initiate's Journey into Haitian Vodou
Mimerose Beaubrun
The first and only insider's account of Vodou's private, mystical, interior practice, a compelling story of initiation and transformation.
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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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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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Spinoza
Practical Philosophy
Gilles Deleuze
Spinoza's theoretical philosophy is one of the most radical attempts to construct a pure ontology with a single infinite substance. This book, which presents Spinoza's main ideas in dictionary form, has as its subject the opposition between ethics...
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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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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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Sade
A Sudden Abyss
Annie Le Brun
The literary adventure of D.A.F. (1740-1814) is unique and paradoxical. He was widely read in the nineteenth century, but his books disappeared almost completely from circulation in the century. Meanwhile the exegesis of Sade poured from the presses...
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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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The Universal Machine
Fred Moten
A suite of three essays on Emmanuel Levinas, Hannah Arendt, and Frantz Fanon, concluding Fred Moten's trilogy consent not to be a single being. (Recommended by Michael)

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