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Bookforum: A constellation of books that teach us to reimagine the present
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's syllabus for Bookforum. The works below can teach us how to encounter them if we pay attention. These writings refuse whiteness and colonialism by breaking open space, making room for worlds otherwise. This is world-building work, and these books’ exploratory nature makes them similar, in some sense, to speculative fiction. But these texts arise from and are rooted in the lived experiences of Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples. The worlds they envision allow us to see the present—and the past—anew, and are life-giving precisely because they refuse the efforts by white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and capitalism to undermine them. They offer a study on how to read, or how to read differently, or perhaps how to listen.
Aufhebunga Bunga podcast: The Worst Class ft. Catherine Liu
Catherine Liu joins us to talk about the worst class in history (the PMC), and how and why they hoard all forms of secularised value. We discuss the development of the PMC as a class, figure out when it stopped being "heroic", and debate who the PMC'S leader might be. We conclude by asking whether the Left needs the PMC (or vice versa?).
"This substantial picture book narrative is graced by vivid, beautifully rendered details."
After her family gets electricity, The Range Eternal stove is replaced by a modern stove that doesn’t require tending, but clearly something is lost, too, in story that ends with the now-adult adult narrator finding the stove of her childhood in a thrift store and bringing it home to share the vision and history found in its flames, and the warmth of its heart with her family.
Seven beings serve as Mashkawaji, a fabulous creature that is frozen in ice, in this extraordinary novel.
How does one write a novel in static English language using material that is derived from a dynamic system of Indigenous oral storytelling and performance? Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, who is a member of the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg people of southern Ontario, uses a combination of genres — poetry, literary prose and dialogue — in her most recent novel, "Noopiming."
Metropolis Q&A: Mariana Mogilevich on New York City’s Path to a More Democratic and Diverse Civic Realm
Upon the release of her book The Invention of Public Space, the architectural historian discusses a little-known but pivotal chapter of urban history.
NYT: From Turkey to China to Norway, These Novels Take You Back in Time
Tiina Nunnally’s new translation captures the dark imperatives of a land where clan loyalties and ancient codes of honor have become ensnarled in the struggle between rising powers: the church and the royal court.
The Jacobin Show: The Professional-Managerial Class w/ Catherine Liu
What is the professional-managerial class and how is it standing in the way of economic redistribution? Catherine Liu explains how this group of elite workers has come to serve capitalism while insisting on their own virtue.
Washington Examiner: The dictatorship of virtue
Catherine Liu’s polemical new book, Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class, argues that the professional-managerial class-working class alliance was doomed from the start for the simple reason that the two classes’ interests are fundamentally opposed.
NYT: The Olympics Were No Fluke. American Women Are Excelling in Cross-Country Skiing.
Jessie Diggins won the notoriously grueling Tour de Ski, after she and Rosie Brennan notched 1-2 finishes in two consecutive stages.
H-Net Disability: "The book contributes a wealth of important insights"
Ben-Moshe raises powerful questions about the links between neoliberalism and institutions, noting, for instance, that homecare has never been as profitable as institutions that employ people, attract funding, and generate income. The author raises related points about the devaluing of women’s work in providing domestic care, and she has much to say about race relations, noting that the addition of “danger” to the list of criteria for hospitalization increased the likelihood of color becoming institutionalized. Ultimately, Decarcerating Disability concludes that simply abolishing institutions is not the solution. Instead, we need to entirely do away with the broader neoliberal discourses that support imprisonment and learn to embrace, rather than shut away, vulnerability.
Escape your living room for a canoe trip with the first women to paddle from the Twin Cities to Canada's Hudson Bay.
Midwest Living excerpt: Hudson Bay Bound.
New Books Network interview: John Hartigan Jr. with Galina Limorenko
Turning away from “thick” description to “thin,” Hartigan moves toward a more observational form of study, focusing on behaviors over interpretations. This vivid approach provides new and important contributions to the study of animal behavior. Ultimately, he comes away with profound, penetrating insights into multispecies interactions and a strong alternative to humancentric ethnographic practices.
Literary Hub: The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971
Interview with Michael Schumacher editor for The Fall of America Journals, 1965-1971
WTIP North Shore Community Radio: Walking the Old Road
Interview with Staci Lola Drouillard author of Walking the Old Road
"A phenomenal and fundamental book"
On Sarah Wasserman's THE DEATH OF THINGS/ Dan Sinykin
Publishers Weekly: Noopiming
Review of Noopiming by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
The World According to Jesse Ventura: The Alchemy of Meth
Interview with Jason Pine author of The Alchemy of Meth
WTIP North Shore Community Radio: The Soup and Bread Cookbook
Interview with Beatrice Ojakangas author of The Soup and Bread Cookbook
Literary Hub: Olav Audunssøn
Olav Audunssøn excerpt from Translator Tiina Nunnally
Bookapotamus: The Silver Box
Review of The Silver Box by Margi Preus and the Enchantment Lake Series
Writers Cast: American Gospel
Interview with Lin Enger author of American Gospel
Prairie Public News: American Gospel
Interview with Lin Enger author of American Gospel
Youth Services Book Review: The Range Eternal
Review of The Range Eternal by Louise Erdrich
WTIP North Shore Community Radio: Wolf Island
Interview with L. David Mech author of Wolf Island
Deborah Kalb Q&A: Swede Hollow
Q&A with Ola Larsmo author of Swede Hollow
Kitchn: The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen
Recipe excerpts from The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen by Sean Sherman
StarTribune: American Gospel
Review of American Gospel by Lin Enger
Ultimate Prince: My Life in the Purple Kingdom
Interview with BrownMark author of My Life in the Purple Kingdom
Chicago Review of Books: My Life in the Purple Kingdom
Interview with BrownMark author of My Life in the Purple Kingdom
Moving the River: My Life in the Purple Kingdom
Review of My Life in the Purple Kingdom by BrownMark

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