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The Answer Is . . .: Reflections on My Life By Alex Trebek Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982157999
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 21st, 2020

Reading this book is like having a drink with Alex Trebek. Finished during the pandemic, this book contains life highlights, wisdom, MANY dad jokes, Trebek’s unshakeable trademark charm, the particular braggadocio of an accomplished old white man in showbiz, but with the humbleness of … well, Alex Trebek. A great book for dad, or for the Jeopardy! fan in your life.


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Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts By Aruna D'Souza Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781943263141
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Published: Badlands Unlimited - May 22nd, 2018

As Maggie Nelson’s new book resurrects the controversy over Dana Schutz’s infamous painting Open Casket, I'm compelled to revisit the best treatment of the topic I’ve encountered. Aruna D’Souza presents a brilliant analysis of art and protest through a study of three New York exhibits from the last 50 years. From the book: “We both give art too much credit and place an undue burden on it when we imagine that it can interrupt or overturn such pervasive systems of power as white supremacy and capitalism. What art can do, in its best and worst forms, is reveal the mechanisms by which such powers assert themselves.”


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Carceral Capitalism (Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series #21) By Jackie Wang Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781635900026
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Published: Semiotext(e) - February 23rd, 2018

I’ve been pushing this book on everyone I know since its publication; some who have acquiesced have said it was nothing short of life-changing. Wang, who primarily writes poetry, summons a ferocious synthesis of radical analytical frameworks and applies them to the present moment. Embodying Gramsci’s pessimism of the intellect/optimism of the will, this book is a tour de force about carcerality outside of the prison; every chapter is explosive. A great read for the radical in your life.


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Inhabiting the Negative Space (Sternberg Press / The Incidents) By Jenny Odell Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9783956795817
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Published: Sternberg Press - August 3rd, 2021

This one is for the recent graduate who isn’t sure what to do, or really, for any of us who need to be reoriented in a time when it feels like such an action isn’t even an option.


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My Chickens and I By Isabella Rossellini, Patrice Casanova (By (photographer)) Cover Image
By Isabella Rossellini, Patrice Casanova (By (photographer))
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419729911
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Published: Abrams Image - March 13th, 2018

Who on earth wouldn’t like this book? For the Lynch fan who has everything else Lynch. Or the chicken fan who has everything else chicken. Or the Rossellini you get where I’m going with this.


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Monogamy By Adam Phillips Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679776178
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Published: Vintage - March 30th, 1999

A memorable, poetic interrogation of monogamy as structure, as practice, as frustration. If you read it too fast you might have to reread it. If you read it slowly enough you might reread it anyway.


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On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements: Selected Writings of Ella Shohat By Ella Shohat Cover Image
$27.00
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ISBN: 9780745399492
Published: Pluto Press - June 15th, 2017

Ella Shohat is a New Yorker who grew up in Israeli occupied territory. Her family is Baghdadi. She is an Arab-Jew, an identity oxymoronic to many...but why? Shohat asks: How did the dominant image of the Israeli Jew become European/Ashkenazi when at least half of Israeli Jews are Arab/Mizrahi or Sephardi? What are the ruptures of identity, and their material consequences, considering this oppositional framing? What does this mean for Palestine, and the Arab world? For American and European Jews? A full collection spanning decades of Shohat's rich scholarly career. She is in conversation with Fanon and (friend/collaborator) Said, cinema, psychoanalysis, various stages of postcolonial theory, her family's forcibly obstructed past, & more, developing a clear thesis of multiply-hyphenated identities & the realities of globally intertwined communities.


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Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms By Frank B. Wilderson Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780822347019
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Published: Duke University Press - March 19th, 2010

Frank Wilderson provides a remarkably totalizing perspective on the limitations of film's interventions into political and social realities.This book's assessment of American cinematic techniques and structures is an assessment of America's structures and techniques, which are also those of The World and, as Wilderson argues, the antiblackness that governs it. The Afropessimist theory extended here is so meticulous and ambitious as to transcend to a place where relations within and beyond the conscious (and psychoanalysis itself) are spectacularly put on show, the way they are in film and The World. Wilderson hones in on "grammars of suffering", deconstructing the canard of American individualism, instead illuminating the structural and paradigmatic. Perspective shift guaranteed.


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Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in Nineteenth-Century America (Race and American Culture) By Saidiya V. Hartman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780195089844
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - September 4th, 1997

An essential, mindblowing genealogy of legal & racialized subjectivity in America before, during & after abolition. Hartman's historic fine comb & analysis of the archive yields elemental formations of the social & political. Especially striking are Hartman's dense, brilliant examinations of how systemic injustices are folded into (racialized) individual obligation & affect, and the deliberate, repeated failures of universalist liberalism and "Consitutional colorblindness" in redressing social wrongs. I will be digesting this book forever.


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The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void By Jackie Wang Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643620367
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Published: Nightboat Books - February 2nd, 2021

I read Sunflower as a continuation of the same project as the author's sensational work of abolitionist autotheory Carceral Capitalism (2018). Not the same strictly in form, or in any way strictly, except perhaps in its commitment to teasing out what revolutionary love may look like. To follow up a treatise on race, debt & surveillance with a dream journal oriented towards the protective potential of flowers must be read as a very deliberate choice--not in orienting oneself, but in allowing oneself to be oriented, like a flower pointing towards the sun. Sunflower brings forth subconscious shapes of relation, of commitments and knowledge, the lines between rejection and affirmation, flowering into a timely and timeless singularity. For beauty or for growth, enjoy the bloom of Jackie's work!


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Red, White & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms By Frank B. Wilderson Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780822347019
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Duke University Press - March 19th, 2010

Frank Wilderson provides a remarkably totalizing perspective on the limitations of film's interventions into political and social realities.This book's assessment of American cinematic techniques and structures is an assessment of America's structures and techniques, which are also those of The World and, as Wilderson argues, the antiblackness that governs it. The Afropessimist theory extended here is so meticulous and ambitious as to transcend to a place where relations within and beyond the conscious (and psychoanalysis itself) are spectacularly put on show, the way they are in film and The World. Wilderson hones in on "grammars of suffering", deconstructing the canard of American individualism, instead illuminating the structural and paradigmatic. Perspective shift guaranteed.


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Black Marxism, Revised and Updated Third Edition: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition By Cedric J. Robinson, Robin D. G. Kelley (Foreword by), Tiffany Willoughby-Herard (Preface by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781469663722
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - February 1st, 2021

Many of us are accustomed to a conversation about radicality that impulsively centers European articulations and analyses of political resistance. Especially in the midst of the ongoing Black liberation struggle, a realignment is necessary. Cedric Robinson's 1983 classic defines and reasserts the Black Radical Tradition both through broad histories and biographical explorations (Richard Wright, C.L.R. James, W.E.B. DuBois). Robinson's theory of "racial capitalism" contextualizes the history of Black resistance he outlines, and as well (necessarily) the arresting history of European radicalism and racialization that is the first third of this book. It's not just Marxism that's challenged here, it's the entire premise of what radicality can/should look like, what can be achieved, and who would benefit.