Philosophy & Critical Theory
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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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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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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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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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The Grey Album
On the Blackness of Blackness
Kevin Young
Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mashup of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, Kevin Young’s encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical chorus to illustrate the African American tradition of...
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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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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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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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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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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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Silicon Values
The Future of Free Speech under Surveillance Capitalism
Jillian York
How Google, Facebook and Amazon threaten our Democracy
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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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Stranger Faces
Namwali Serpell
"Wise, warm, witty and dizzyingly wide-ranging."—The New York Times "Serpell's vital treatise is one readers will find themselves returning to again and again."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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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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