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Children's Literature by Russ Kick
""I refuse to lie to children. I refuse to cater to the bullshit of innocence."

- Maurice Sendak

this is a gorgeous book that reminds us how unsettling many esteemed classics of children's literature are. you know, when they're not flat-out terrifyin..." Read more of this review »
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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou
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The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt
The Human Condition
by Hannah Arendt
read in February, 2015
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A fascinating critique of modernity and defense of politics. Parts of it are arguably prophetic. imho it's worth reading whether or not you agree with her, because Arendt raised important questions & her eloquent writing style makes it quite fun ...more
Xdyj and 12 other people liked Mizuki's review of The Twelve (The Passage, #2):
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
"The Twelve would have been a good read if only:

(1) the author would shut up about God and religion for a second.

(2) If said author hadn't been so insisting on telling us the life-story of unimportant minor characters and then killing them off late..." Read more of this review »
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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
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The beginning is fun, then it gets boring & increasingly preachy esp. after the Ender's game-like sequence.
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Karl Marx
"This piece is a demonstration of a social scientist's theoretical evolution over time. For my first couple years in college, I was unsure of my theoretical standing. On my good days, I believe in the good of humanity and anarchy in its true sense;..." Read more of this review »
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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte by Karl Marx
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The Surangama Sutra - A New Translation with Excerpts from th... by Ronald B. Epstein
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One of the most important texts in Chinese Buddhism.
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Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Zoo City
by Lauren Beukes (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2013
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The Kingdom of This World by Alejo Carpentier
The Kingdom of This World
by Alejo Carpentier
read in January, 2015
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Victor Hugo
“Au-dessus de l'absolu révolutionnaire, il y a l'absolu humain.”
Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three

George Orwell
“When one thinks of all the people who support or have supported Fascism, one stands amazed at their diversity. What a crew! Think of a programme which at any rate for a while could bring Hitler, Petain, Montagu Norman, Pavelitch, William Randolph Hearst, Streicher, Buchman, Ezra Pound, Juan March, Cocteau, Thyssen, Father Coughlin, the Mufti of Jerusalem, Arnold Lunn, Antonescu, Spengler, Beverley Nichols, Lady Houston, and Marinetti all into the same boat! But the clue is really very simple. They are all people with something to lose, or people who long for a hierarchical society and dread the prospect of a world of free and equal human beings. Behind all the ballyhoo that is talked about ‘godless’ Russia and the ‘materialism’ of the working class lies the simple intention of those with money or privileges to cling to them. Ditto, though it contains a partial truth, with all the talk about the worthlessness of social reconstruction not accompanied by a ‘change of heart’. The pious ones, from the Pope to the yogis of California, are great on the’ change of heart’, much more reassuring from their point of view than a change in the economic system.”
George Orwell, England Your England and Other Essays

Isabel Allende
“My son, the Holy Church is on the right, but Jesus Christ was always on the left.”
Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits

Ekaterina Sedia
“The crows demur at first, but soon grow bold and eat. He talks to them. He tells them of all the things that bother him—that the politics have changed but the politicians are still the same exact people as back in the sixties, only balder and fatter; he tells them that nobody cares about anything important anymore. He tells them that freedom has nothing to do with money, or the McDonald’s restaurants. The crows stop eating and listen.”
Ekaterina Sedia, Moscow But Dreaming

Maximilien de Robespierre
“The most extravagant idea that can be born in the head of a political thinker is to believe that it suffices for people to enter, weapons in hand, among a foreign people and expect to have its laws and constitution embraced. No one loves armed missionaries; the first lesson of nature and prudence is to repulse them as enemies.”
Maximilien de Robespierre

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