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October 17th, 2018

Keith Makoto Woodhouse is an assistant professor at Northwestern University, where he teaches in the History Department and the Environmental Policy and Culture Program. Woodhouse will discuss The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism on October 24 at 6pm.


Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey - Abbey was the...

Reading Is Critical
October 17th, 2018
Disenchanted with the mainstream environmental movement, a new, more radical kind of environmental activist emerged in the 1980s. Radical environmentalists used direct action, from blockades and tree-sits to industrial sabotage, to save a wild nature that they believed to be in a state of crisis. Questioning the premises of liberal humanism, they subscribed to an ecocentric philosophy that attributed as much value to nature as to people. Although critics dismissed them as marginal, radicals posed a vital question that mainstream groups too often ignored: Is environmentalism a matter of...
Bibliographies
October 14th, 2018

Ends, beginnings, and the unreliable narrators and "signals of a spirit" in-between. On this episode of Open Stacks, Pulitzer Prize winning author Andrew Sean Greer talks us through the end of a relationship in Less, University of Chicago professor Malynne Sternstein parses Nabokov's 1957 academic parody Pnin, and Co-op booksellers recount some of their favorite campus novels of and before its time. 


 

(Above) Andrew Sean Greer at the Co-op, ...

Open Stacks Podcast
October 14th, 2018

On our Front Table this week, rethink political tactics with an exploration of environmentalist strategies that eschew self-righteous doom in favor of irony and humor, a history of the uses of the press and public relations in the constitution of black history, and a reconceptualization of the exclusion of women from philosophical discourse that reveals new transformative practices. Browse the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
October 7th, 2018

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of story to psyche with surrealist short fiction from Greece, a neuroscientific critique of narrative history as an evolutionary aberration, and a defense of autistic readers' capacities within the framework of new cognitive approaches to literary studies. Browse the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

The Story of...

Front Table
October 6th, 2018

Ken Taylor is the co-founder and contributing editor of Lute & Drum, an online journal of poetry and poetics. He is the author of self-portrait as joseph cornell (Pressed Wafer, 2016) and the chapbooks: dog with elizabethan collar (selva oscura press, 2015) and first the trees, now this (Three Count Pour, 2013). His poetry has appeared...

Off-Topic
October 6th, 2018

Ken Taylor is the co-founder and contributing editor of Lute & Drum, an online journal of poetry and poetics. He is the author of self-portrait as joseph cornell (Pressed Wafer, 2016) and the chapbooks: dog with elizabethan collar (selva oscura press, 2015) and first the trees, now this (Three Count Pour, 2013). His poetry has appeared...

Reading Is Critical
October 6th, 2018

self-portrait as joseph cornell is a series of poems shaped like vertical horizontal boxes, the sort of boxes that Joseph Cornell is renowned for having made. Taylor has channeled Cornell's spirit and sense of composition to create this original work. Ken Taylor and fellow co-founder of Lute & Drum J. Peter Moore will read from their respective poetry collections, self-portrait as joseph cornell ...

Bibliographies
October 5th, 2018

Bernard E. Harcourt is a contemporary critical theorist and social justice advocate. Intersecting contemporary critical, social, and political theory, Harcourt’s writings examine modes of governing in our punitive and surveillance society especially in the post 9/11 period and the digital age. Harcourt traces the birth of what he calls our “expository society” and recent turn to the paradigm of “counterinsurgency warfare” as a mode of governing. He is the author many books including Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age, The Illusion of...

Reading Is Critical
September 30th, 2018

Open Stacks returns from summer break with a fresh format for your ears and shelf-browsings: Long Players author Peter Coviello takes a walk through the stacks, Professor Stephen T. Asma speaks on Why We Need Religion, and the Co-op's eminent booksellers talk about George Eliot's Middlemarch. Stay tuned and curious.


We start the episode with Peter Coviello, whose stroll through the store can be found in list-form ...

Open Stacks Podcast