39 posts tagged

non-fiction

Cosey Fanni Tutti - 'Re-sisters, the Lives and Recordings of Delia Derbyshire, Margery Kempe, and Cosey Fanni Tutti'

Cosey Fanni Tutti - 'Re-sisters, the Lives and Recordings of Delia Derbyshire, Margery Kempe, and Cosey Fanni Tutti'

An inspirational and controlled explosion showing the lives of three exceptional artists and visionaries.

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Jon Melrod - 'Fighting Times, Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War'

Jon Melrod - 'Fighting Times, Organizing on the Front Lines of the Class War'

A palpable and fruitful recant of decades of union fights for decent worker rights.

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Geoff Dembicki - 'The Petroleum Papers, Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change'

Geoff Dembicki - 'The Petroleum Papers, Inside the Far-Right Conspiracy to Cover Up Climate Change'

One of the most prescient books at this point in time shows who covered up the climate catastrophe and why.

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Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad - 'The Withdrawal - Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power'

Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad - 'The Withdrawal - Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and the Fragility of U.S. Power'

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Èdouard Louis - 'A Womans Battles and Transformations'

Èdouard Louis - 'A Womans Battles and Transformations'

On a silent retreat, meditation, yoga, writing, sex, and life come into a head and leaves it via these words.

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Rick Emerson - 'Unmask Alice'

Rick Emerson - 'Unmask Alice'

The first biography about Beatrice Sparks, the author of 'Go Ask Alice' and 'Jay's Journal'.

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Emmanuel Carrère - 'Yoga'

Emmanuel Carrère - 'Yoga'

On a silent retreat, meditation, yoga, writing, sex, and life come into a head and leaves it via these words.

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Alaa Abd el-Fattah - 'You Have Not Yet Been Defeated'

Alaa Abd el-Fattah - 'You Have Not Yet Been Defeated'

A collection of writings by a leading Egyptian political activist.

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Peter Richardson - 'Savage Journey - Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo'

Peter Richardson - 'Savage Journey - Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo'

A pleasant read about an unpleasant and groundbreaking person.

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Pauline Baer de Perignon - 'The Vanished Collection'

Pauline Baer de Perignon - 'The Vanished Collection'

A detective-style tale of returning stolen art to rightful owners.

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Stefan Koldehoff - 'Art and Crime'

Stefan Koldehoff - 'Art and Crime'

A anecdotal collection of stories of how art and crime are more often used to launder money than display beauty.

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Noam Chomsky and James Kelman - 'Between Thought and Expression Lies a Lifetime - Why Ideas Matter'

Noam Chomsky and James Kelman - 'Between Thought and Expression Lies a Lifetime - Why Ideas Matter'

A book of letters, biography, and ideas based in correspondence, speeches, and interviews, 1988-2020.

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David S. Wills - 'High White Notes - The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism'

David S. Wills - 'High White Notes - The Rise and Fall of Gonzo Journalism'

A chronological, rhythmically bouncy, critical, statistical, and at-times interesting ride into Hunter S. Thompson's writing.

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Robert Emmet Meagher - 'Albert Camus and the Human Crisis'

Robert Emmet Meagher - 'Albert Camus and the Human Crisis'

A wondrous trip through Camus, covering many of his thoughts of human life while painting a magnificent portrait of a person whose mind is desperately needed in this time.

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Angela Davis - 'An Autobiography'

Angela Davis - 'An Autobiography'

This Black Panther's autobiography is today even more explosive than when it was first released.

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Laurie Woolever - 'Bourdain - The Definitive Oral Biography'

Laurie Woolever - 'Bourdain - The Definitive Oral Biography'

A radiant mesh of voices paint a wondrous, funny, and harrowing image of Anthony Bourdain.

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Marlo Mack - 'How to be a Girl - A Mother's Memoir of Raising her Transgender Daughter'

Marlo Mack - 'How to be a Girl - A Mother's Memoir of Raising her Transgender Daughter'

A podcast first, now a book; a parent's story of a child who decides its own gender.

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Robert Matzen - 'Warrior, Audrey Hepburn'

Robert Matzen - 'Warrior, Audrey Hepburn'

My review Matzen's straightforward, stuffy, and interesting book about the later part of Audrey Hepburn's life, focusing on her humanitarian work.

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Daniel de Visé - 'King of The Blues'

Daniel de Visé - 'King of The Blues'

My review of Daniel de Visé's straightforward biography of B.B. King.

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Lotta Fristorp - 'Benny - Drevet, döden'

Lotta Fristorp - 'Benny - Drevet, döden'

En kraftfull uppgörelse med de som fegt drev Fredriksson till sin död.

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Ben Cardew - 'Daft Punk's Discovery, The Future Unfurled'

Ben Cardew - 'Daft Punk's Discovery, The Future Unfurled'

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Patrick Joyce - 'Going to my Father's House'

Patrick Joyce - 'Going to my Father's House'

A lovely ride through Ireland, decades, politics, religion, and England.

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Michael Beyea Reagan - 'Intersectional Class Struggle - Theory and Practice'

Michael Beyea Reagan - 'Intersectional Class Struggle - Theory and Practice'

An enchanting and richly woven thesis in book form that does its title justice.

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Noam Chomsky - 'The Precipice - Neoliberalism, the Pandemic, and the Urgent Need for Social Change'

Noam Chomsky - 'The Precipice - Neoliberalism, the Pandemic, and the Urgent Need for Social Change'

The latest urgent book of interviews with Noam Chomsky also includes words from Robert Pollin and Ha-Joon Chang.

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Julian Sancton - 'Madhouse at the End of the Earth'

Julian Sancton - 'Madhouse at the End of the Earth'

An extremely wild and entertaining adventure about humanity, life, and death. Men, huh?

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Genesis P. Orridge - 'Nonbinary'

Genesis P. Orridge - 'Nonbinary'

An interesting and slightly nauseating view of P. Orridge's life.

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Sinéad O'Connor - 'Rememberings'

Sinéad O'Connor - 'Rememberings'

Kicking against the pricks (and other stuff), O'Connor has created a beautiful, jagged, funny, and harrowing autobiography.

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Sarah Schulman - 'Let the Record Show, A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993'

Sarah Schulman - 'Let the Record Show, A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987-1993'

A concise book around ACT UP, the HIV and AIDS epidemic, and resistence against annihilation.

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Geoff Dyer - 'See/Saw'

Geoff Dyer - 'See/Saw'

A truly eye-opening book that shows us ways to truly see photographs. A wonderful experience.

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Steven Bach - 'Final Cut'

Steven Bach - 'Final Cut'

A funny and scary ride through the making of one of the biggest monetary film flops.

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Vijay Prashad - 'Washington Bullets'

Vijay Prashad - 'Washington Bullets'

This excellent book on CIA, coups, and assassinations, is weighed, loaded with fact, and is (remarkably so) briefly written.

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Josh Cohen - 'How to Live What to Do'

Josh Cohen - 'How to Live What to Do'

An introspective and mind-broadening book by a psychoanalyst who writes of other books.

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Laurence Rees - 'Hitler's Charisma'

Laurence Rees - 'Hitler's Charisma'

Terrific writing from a masterful historian makes this another great addition to the pantheon of books about World War II and human nature.

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William Zinsser - 'On Writing Well'

William Zinsser - 'On Writing Well'

This style guide has sold over a million copies and is useful for writers of all sorts.

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Excerpts from Rosa Rankin-Gee's 'Dreamland'

Excerpts from Rosa Rankin-Gee's 'Dreamland'

Some quotes that I collected from this wondrously human book.

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Rosa Rankin-Gee - 'Dreamland'

Rosa Rankin-Gee - 'Dreamland'

My review of this beautiful semi-fictional novel.

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Radden Patrick Keefe - 'Empire of Pain'

Radden Patrick Keefe - 'Empire of Pain'

My review of Keefe's brilliant dissection of the Sackler opioid-epidemic legacy.

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The tragedy in what happened to Martha West

The tragedy in what happened to Martha West

An excerpt from Patrick Radden Keefe's brilliant 'Empire of Pain', a book about the Sackler legacy of death.

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Tom Roston - 'The Writer's Crusade, Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five'

Tom Roston - 'The Writer's Crusade, Kurt Vonnegut and the Many Lives of Slaughterhouse-Five'

Youthfully sprawled but too free, a somewhat interesting portrait of Vonnegut's masterpiece.

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