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Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
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The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Round House

BE, January 2, 2013

Returning in this book to the inter-generational tales that she is know for Erdrich tells an enthralling and beautiful story, which centers around young Joe. He is one of her most endearing characters to date. Give this woman a Pulitzer already!
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Home by Toni Morrison
Home

BE, January 2, 2013

For living American authors Morrison is in a league of her own. She has received major literary awards, so all that we can offer her now is our sincere appreciation for introducing us to such genuine characters. Home, in reliable form, is a story that effortlessly unfolds from the interactions between the flesh and blood people that she breathes life into.
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Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces by Raul Zibechi
Dispersing Power: Social Movements as Anti-State Forces

BE, September 9, 2011

It is great to have this book available in English. It is a very interesting look into the ways communities (mainly indigenous) in Bolivia are organizing themselves separate from the state. Some tactics discussed include dealing with, and preventing, anti-social behavior, education, and creating groups to take on a specific community need while staying accountable to the whole. This investigation is thought provoking at the very least, and at its best is a signpost for those who want to see a world in which decisions are made by the people whose lives are impacted by the outcomes of those decisions.
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The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism by Dan Berger
The Hidden 1970s: Histories of Radicalism

BE, September 4, 2011

At a talk centered around this book Berger said that, "The '70s were the '60s grown up." This collection really serves to illustrate that point. Some of the movements covered include prison abolition, indigenous land struggles, the Sixth Pan-African Congress, Puerto Rican independence, gay liberation, community responses to police murder, the pacifist underground, and many more. It is fascinating that all these struggles were taking place around the same time, and to gain a sense of the collective impact they had on each other and society at large. Since these struggles are ongoing this book is beneficial both for its historical significance, as well as a source of inspiration and strategy for current organizing.
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Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity by Dan Berger
Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity

BE, September 3, 2011

Hands down the best book on the Weather Underground Organization! Berger went to great lengths to provide a nuanced analysis of an organization that tends to be portrayed in a two dimensional manner--whether positively or negatively. Furthermore, most reports of the Weather Underground tend to focus on Bill Ayers or Bernardine Dohrn. I really enjoyed reading about some activists I'd never heard of, and gaining a better understanding of what was actually a pretty large organization. He also does a great job of contextualizing the WUO in the larger historical context, which makes this book very interesting for anyone interested in '60s and'70s radical politics.
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