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A Framework for Understanding Poverty
3.83
Some of the comments and reviews here on GoodReads are surprising, almost as if they had read a different book than the one I read.

The unexamined wil...more
Jan 2009
Apr 02, 2009
 
Mort (Discworld, #4)
4.15
By far, one of the finest of all the DiscWorld novels, with a story that stands on its own feet and requires no previous knowledge of the DiscWorld's...more
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Aug 17, 2008
 
A Reader's Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose
3.88
Even if you disagree with Myers's thesis, that the literary establishment is puffing up the reputation of bad books and thus degrading the popularity...more
Jan 2008
Jan 21, 2008
 
Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence
3.77
There aren't a lot of good realistic novels about Zen practice. There are "zenoirs," my nickname for autobiographies by Zen practitioners, but not man...more
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Apr 27, 2009
 
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
3.97
You might not have time to brew purple dye from cabbage leaves or cook glue, you might not be lucky enough to find or afford a beautiful cabinet for s...more
May 2008
Jun 10, 2008
 
Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk
3.69
The two-star rating is not meant as a slam. They mean "it was ok" and on the whole, the book is okay. I call books like this "zenoirs," books written...more
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Aug 08, 2013
 
Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
4.04
Probably the most widely read work by the late Vine DeLoria, and quite instructive as it addresses cultural stereotypes, the historical record of colo...more
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Aug 15, 2014
 
The Reivers: A Reminiscence
3.78
At my high school, they introduced us to Faulkner with SANCTUARY. I never returned to him until this summer, when somewhere or other I picked up a cop...more
Aug 2008
Aug 17, 2008
 
Vineland
3.65
Far less intimidating than his great, overwrought Gravity's Rainbow, this 1990 novel presents a zany spoof satirical thriller on the surface, with an...more
Aug 2008
Sep 01, 2008
 
Fury
3.28
Not his finest. Rushdie's distinctive storytelling voice, which I enjoy so much in novels like SATANIC VERSES and MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN, is eclipsed by...more
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Feb 06, 2008
 
Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast
4.03
A thorny collection of postcards and letters written by Edward Abbey, the wailing avenger of the American west. Letters to the editor, and letters to...more
Jan 2007
Jan 20, 2008
 
In a Forest, Dark and Deep
3.77
This emperor wears no clothes. Reading this play, I was locked in a forest cabin with three obnoxious and incessant voices. Yes, three -- even though...more
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Apr 01, 2014
 
Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge
3.32
Our climate emergency (the author calls it "global burning") is becoming impossible to ignore, and it is already too late to avert some catastrophic e...more
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Jul 05, 2014
 
Essential Works of Socialism
4.25
At this writing, the USA has been worked up into a lather for a year, from the lead-up to the national elections of 2008 and continuing in the first d...more
Nov 2008
Apr 03, 2009
 
Man Against Myth
4.00
This 1947 work by Barrows Dunham holds up remarkably well in 2010.

Dunham was a trained philosopher who felt a responsibility to use philosophy as an i...more
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Mar 06, 2010
 
Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism
3.99
The title is a play on words encapsulating a central theme of Richard Wolff's writing, lectures, and interviews on his weekly radio program out of New...more
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Feb 03, 2013
 
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
3.53
A sometimes-rambling memoir of Salman Rushdie's life between 1988, and the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses, and 2002 after a decade of liv...more
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Oct 18, 2012
 
Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism
4.02
The scope of this book may in fact be too vast for many readers -- the information, observations, research, and studied opinions compiled here require...more
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Jan 30, 2013
 
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
3.84
Ross King made an enormous contribution with his previous work on Brunelleschi and the dome at Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. With extensive illus...more
Jul 2009
Aug 03, 2009
 
Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality
4.00
The American view of higher education as a panacea for poverty and social inequality is nothing new, but as Marsh demonstrates using history and econo...more
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Mar 09, 2013
 
A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today
4.50
This is an outstanding book, surely among the best in history and policy in 2013. It tells several complicated stories in a cohesive and highly readab...more
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Nov 11, 2013
 
Revolution as Theatre: Notes on the New Radical Style
4.00
This is a collection of essays written in 1969 and 1970 critiquing the radical student movement and its effect on the university as an institution. It...more
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Sep 26, 2012
 
The Devil in Silver
3.43
"Literary horror" is a category I find unnecessary and a bit snotty. What is that supposed to mean? Is this somehow more "worthy" than genre fiction,...more
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Oct 07, 2012
 
The Torturer in the Mirror
4.00
Here is a little book consisting of three essays about United States torture programs. For such a small book it is an exhausting read because it revea...more
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Dec 28, 2010
 
The Real Venezuela: Making Socialism in the 21st Century
3.83
The first good news is that this is not a book about Hugo Chavez. Reporter Iain Bruce has spent years in Venezuela on the street level talking to Vene...more
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Mar 18, 2011
 
Acting Shakespeare
3.74
Sir John Gielgud's reflections on his career as an actor and director of Shakespeare's works will be of great interest to many, in particular those wh...more
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Feb 07, 2011
 
The Hothouse
3.73
This is not Pinter's best-known work, and it actually lived in his desk drawer for 22 years, but it is very good quality both for the stage and for go...more
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Jan 26, 2009
 
Passion Play
2.62
In the United States, this play was known as "Passion" and it has been published under the title as well.

The playwright engages this drama (in which a...more
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Oct 06, 2013
 
Inequality and Power: The Economies of Class
4.00
An extensive critique of mainstream economics and its stunted understanding of inequality and the dynamics of power that that maintain and escalate in...more
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Nov 02, 2012
 
She Kills Monsters
4.14
This is the kind of premise that can make for a wonderful live play -- especially if the dragon is done via creative puppetry, or even a pair/trio of...more
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Feb 17, 2013
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