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Nationalism and Culture by Rudolf Rocker
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Simply the fact of a German writing an anarchist history of the world in Yiddish during the run-up to WWII makes it worth reading. Some of his history is stretched thin, relying on secondary sources to make arguments that he wants to make, rather tha ...more
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
The Passion
by Jeanette Winterson
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Sweet, beautiful, strange.
Teacher Proof by Tom Bennett
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You Can't Win by Jack Black
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Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery
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Court Bridge Publishing is proud to announce the Feb. 13 release of The Last American Highway: A Journey Through Time Down U.S. Route 83: Nebraska Kansas Oklahoma edition, by Stew Magnuson.

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
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A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de las Casas
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The Truth About Stories by Thomas King
"Wasn't going to mark this as read, since it isn't really a book (I listened to the lectures; this is a transcription of those lectures, minus King's voice, which I imagine leads to some confusion in parts if you're just reading this, because tone..." Read more of this review »
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Phyllis McGinley
“A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet.”
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David Graeber
“Freuchen tells how one day, after coming home hungry from an unsuccessful walrus-hunting expedition, he found one of the successful hunters dropping off several hundred pounds of meat. He thanked him profusely. The man objected indignantly:
"Up in our country we are human!" said the hunter. "And since we are human we help each other. We don't like to hear anybody say thanks for that. What I get today you may get tomorrow. Up here we say that by gifts one makes slaves and by whips one makes dogs.

... The refusal to calculate credits and debits can be found throughout the anthropological literature on egalitarian hunting societies. Rather than seeing himself as human because he could make economic calculations, the hunter insisted that being truly human meant refusing to make such calculations, refusing to measure or remember who had given what to whom, for the precise reason that doing so would inevitably create a world where we began "comparing power with power, measuring, calculating" and reducing each other to slaves or dogs through debt. It's not that he, like untold millions of similar egalitarian spirits throughout history, was unaware that humans have a propensity to calculate. If he wasn't aware of it, he could not have said what he did. Of course we have a propensity to calculate. We have all sorts of propensities. In any real-life situation, we have propensities that drive us in several different contradictory directions simultaneously. No one is more real than any other. The real question is which we take as the foundation of our humanity, and therefore, make the basis of our civilization.”
David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years

Mindy Kaling
“I do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. Going on and on in detail about how stressed out I am isn’t conversation. It’ll never lead anywhere. No one is going to say, “Wow, Mindy, you really have it especially bad. I have heard some stories of stress, but this just takes the cake.”
Mindy Kaling, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Dalai Lama XIV
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country
Is spent developing the mind
Instead of the heart
Be compassionate
Not just to your friends
But to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace
In your heart and in the world
Work for peace
And I say again
Never give up
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up”
Dalai Lama XIV

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