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A Framework for Understanding Poverty
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
Jan 2009
Apr 02, 2009
The Reivers: A Reminiscence
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
Mort (Discworld, #4)
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
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
Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk
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
The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections
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
Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence
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
Too Much, Too Much, Too Many
This is a sweet little play with moments of lyrical beauty, written for a simple set and an ensemble of four, including two intriguing roles for an el ...more
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Nov 22, 2014
Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
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
Man Against Myth
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
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Mar 06, 2010
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
Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism
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
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
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
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
The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1)
There used to be this oft-cited statistic that 10% of all the novels sold in England are fantasy, and 10% of them are written by Terry Pratchett, thus ...more
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Oct 09, 2014
Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge
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
The Meaning of Marxism
Five stars purportedly means "amazing." This isn't an "amazing" book but for anyone interested in this subject, or even for some readers familiar with ...more
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Feb 04, 2015
Essential Works of Socialism
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
Joseph Anton: A Memoir
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
The Devil in Silver
"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
Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality
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
Dada Performance
What to make of the dada movement, a dream hatched in an exuberant and anarchic spirit of fun and outrage in Zurich and slowly, strangely became a lit ...more
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Oct 08, 2014
Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism
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
Revolution as Theatre
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 Torturer in the Mirror
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
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
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
A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today
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
Dangerous Dan Tucker: New Mexico's Deadly Lawman
Forgive the author his predilection for exclamation points, and the publisher for some sloppy copy-editing (rife with misemployed apostrophes and typo ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 26, 2009
The Real Venezuela: Making Socialism in the 21st Century
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
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