Synopses & Reviews
A funny, wide-ranging discourse on the current sociopolitical scene, The Spirit of Disobedience debunks the notion that liberalism has no need for spirituality and describes a “middle way” between the red state/blue state impasse. Through scathing, controversial analyses of The Da Vinci Code, Office Space, and Brokeback Mountain, as well as pointed critiques of liberal spokesmen Bill Maher and Al Franken, Curtis White moves the reader forcefully toward an old but neglected American form of thought first spelled out in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. He urges readers to renew their commitment to what Thoreau termed “human fundamentals”: work, home, and food. Three intriguing, inspiring interviews with John De Graaf (Affluenza), James Howard Kunstler (The Long Emergency), and Michael Ableman (Fields of Plenty) continue the dialog of renewal and refusal, offering fresh ways to think about work, housing, transportation, and food.
The intersection of religion and politics is among the most hotly debated
With his trademark intelligence and humor, Curtis White argues that the American left needs a new and compelling spiritual basis for its politics, and that its seeds can be discovered in Thoreau's spiritual politics of refusal and a return to human "fundamentals" especially work, home, and food. Along the way, White offers a shrewd reading of the cult classic Office Space, a scathing critique of Bill Maher's political comedy, and other acerbic cultural commentary. The book includes provocative interviews with James Howard Kunstler, John de Graaf, and Michael Ableman.
About the Author
Curtis White is the author of the novels "Memories of My Father Watching TV" and "Requiem." A widely acclaimed essayist, his work appears regularly in "Context" and "Harper's." He is an English professor at Illinois State University and a board director at the award-winning Dalkey Archive Press.