The Real Work: Interviews & Talks, 1964-1979 Paperback

Review by Bill Svoboda
It is both amazing and heartbreaking that practically all of this is so completely current. Highly recommended.

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

Review by Bill Svoboda
Reviewing a book about porn is safe and easy compared to reviewing a book about food & dietary habits. This book is a fierce crusade against vegetarianism in general and especially veganism. In my case, Lierre Keith was pretty much preaching to the choir- and NOT to the audience she's especially trying to reach (girls up to their middle teens). I felt like she went overboard a bit-especially in the "Nutritional Vegetarian" section-I almost expected to look out my window and see malnourished, dead and dying vegetarian/vegans littering the landscape. The Vegetarian Myth is full of passionate and/or well documented arguments- but I'm not certain how effective arguments are against Myths.

We Did Porn

Review by Bill Svoboda
If you skim this, it might seem like a combination of Thomas Pynchon, Hunter S. Thompson, and Susie Bright- and you'll be impressed by what a perceptive and insightful guy Zak Smith is. If you read it word by word, sentence by sentence, it becomes tedious- I started wondering who the editor was-or if there WAS an editor. In case you're wondering- much (most?) of both text and illustrations aren't especially sexually explicit and /or "pornographic"-most of the latter ARE however very punk-often with obsessive/surrealistic/psychedelic elements as well. The best part of We Did Porn is the "we" part- the stories of & about the people in the porn industry- too often the book was actually "I Did Porn".

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers

Review by Meg Duke
Current and culturally relevant, this collection of Passmore's short comix is simultaneously hilarious and wicked serious. You'll be laughing... with furrowed brow... Recommend.

Vile and Miserable

Review by Meg Duke
2.5 stars. The title had me in a second -- as did a freaky dream scene I had glimpsed while flipping through the pages. Upon finishing, I can say I was a little bummed out; the concept of a demon with deep-seated sex problems running a used bookstore in a car dealership tickled me, but the overall plot arc was disappointing.

Everything is Illuminated

Review by N8R Witham
HELLA REVIEW

Black Hole

Review by Sana Witham
once you go in there’s no going back

Dispossessed: The Magnificent New Epic of an Ambiguous Utopia

Review by 1961
Fucking epic. There's so much cool shit in here: descriptions of an anarcho-syndicalist world in a scarce environment, conflict and questions over the nature and definition of freedom, existential dread, romance and interesting thought experiments around romantic relationship dynamics on an anarchist world, all in all just a fantastic story.

Red Earth, White Lies: Native Americans and the Myth of Scientific Fact

Review by Nathaniel Kidd
Deloria is well regarded as one the great pioneers in giving the indigenous voice credibility, and this book -- which he identifies as one of his most enjoyable to write -- certainly does not disappoint as a classic example of his thought and method. Throughout critical of the modern western institutions of religion, law, education, politics, and science, Deloria in this volume takes particular aim at scientistic narratives, uncovering some of the tacitly racist motivations in the formulation of evolutionary theories, and anthropological theses regarding the population of the Americas, but throughout he traces the interweaving of different techniques of dominating power woven through the dogmatic articulation of modern common sense. Ever the iconoclast, Deloria proposes that common truths are not, by virtue of being commonly held, therefore true, and challenges the hegemonic systems of contemporary knowledge to make way for additional ways of being and knowing. In all, it is a lively and enjoyable read; although his argument might have been strengthened by being more reflexively self-aware -- viz., tracing the parallel with other liberationist moving, and asking the question whether the convergence of liberationist voices might itself be a shadow of the dominant systems in need of an alternative.

The Cloud of Unknowing

Review by Nathaniel Kidd
This short and powerful 14th C text is one of the foundational classics of medieval English spirituality. Drawing on the tradition of symbolic and apophatic theology of Dionysius the Areopagite, the Cloud brings into the English language and idiom the deep riches of the Eastern Christian mysticism of late antiquity.

Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History

Review by Bill Svoboda
An Anarchist and a Communist are in the same car together. Who is driving? (Answer at the end of this review!) For me, this book was most valuable as a kind of "political autobiography" of Staughton Lynd. He is not exactly a "typical" Marxist- really he's more of a leftist Saint (along the lines of Eugene Debs). This book was published ten years ago-during happier times. While there was and still is much to be learned from both Wobblies and Zapatistas, there are serious problems toward adopting either one as a blueprint for success in today's USA. Answer: A cop.

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One)

Review by Madeline Moulton
This is the one, it's it it's it it's it! Heavily imbued with natural imagery, magic that is Classical, specific Rothfuss-brand, and no-fuss ref/reverential towards global histories, Patrick has really done it. Some cool context: this one was 15 years in the making, and boiz does it show. Extremely thoughtful and endearing, the cheesiness is a welcome reprieve from the (at times) sad plot. But tragedy or travesty or comic or simply fiction, fear not - worth the emotional roller coaster to the max. The Name of the Wind remains secretive and elusive, but it's also accessible as all heck. (As far as a super long, super fantasy fantasy goes). hella dank.

Rat Girl

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Promethea Vol. 1

Review by Alexander Chadsey
This series was amazing! It starts off a little slow, somewhat resembling the standard ‘super-person’ comic ( this was nearly enough to make me quit it halfway through the first volume), but makes up for it with a literally mind-warping journey of the consiousness, soul, and spirit realm(s). If you’re interested in the Tarot, Kaballah, Alleister Crowley, synchronisities, and how to manifest your reality, then this series is for you! It pretty much reads as a beautifully trippy illustrated guide to the above!

Gods Without Men

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The Wretched of the Earth

Review by Madeline Moulton
Frantz Fanon left a mark on our world with this one. Psychiatry be damned, this doctor had ideas, and he had the where with all to say 'screw the system', something here seems wrong, and Algeria is my passion. Or some such histoire, non? Either way, worth a read any time of the eon. RIP Stuart Hall, and long live la revolucion.

War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Review by Bill Svoboda
Definitely a catchy title! This is another "half star" book-as in "three and a half stars". Lots of "good" (i.e. horrific) stuff here. Trying to give a larger overview leads to a lack of focus- by far the most moving parts of this are Chris Hedges own experiences,thoughts and emotions- this book would be so much more effective if it were even more personal/autobiographical. I know from other reading what a fan Hedges is of a classically "humanist" education-but to properly analyze war throughout the ages requires science as well (sorry, but the various Shakespeare quotes did absolutely nothing for me-especially when juxtaposed with real and recent events).

The Life of Graham

Review by Bill Svoboda
"A bit lumpy" (as I can imagine one of The Pythons saying)-as in, there's a great big lump of all one thing, followed eventually by a great big lump of something else. But it does seem to be pretty honest. If you're a much bigger Monty Python fan than me (meaning seriously fanatical) you might want to give this 4 stars. If you don't like Monty Python, you'd probably give it 2.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Review by Bill Svoboda
In the Author's Note at the beginning of the book, Humphrey Carpenter mentions that the first published biography of a subject is not necessarily the best place to make literary judgements- fair enough. He also avoids spending much time analyzing or criticizing the whole phenomena that LOTR has become (in 1977 this was already huge, but had hardly reached it's peak-both in terms of popularity and in over-all cultural influence). Respectful and well researched, this is a "must read" for Tolkien fans and/or those simply curious about J.R.R.

The Frank Book

Review by Cody Harder
Reading "Frank" regularly keeps me regular.

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