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March 17th, 2019

From autobiography to music criticism, poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib walks the floor of the Seminary Co-op in conversation with the books that served as muses of his love letter to A Tribe Called Quest, Go Ahead in the Rain. Oral historian and civil rights activist Timuel D. Black, Jr. shares his long-awaited memoir, Sacred Ground.


This episode, Hanif Abdurraqib joins us in the stacks, sharing his favorite works on the Co-op shelves as well as some that influenced his new work, ...

Open Stacks Podcast
March 17th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the relations between gender and capital, including the role of mid-century entrepreneurs of gay culture, and interviews with a counter-cultural icon on pop and feminism. Also find the end of American exceptionalism in the closing of the frontier, and the end of human exceptionalism in the collapse of the divide between music and naturally occurring sound. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com....

Front Table
March 15th, 2019

In Women Warriors, historian Pamela Toler examines the stories of historical women for whom battle was not a metaphor: using both well known and obscure examples, drawn from the ancient world through the twentieth century and from Asia and Africa as well as from the West. Looking at specific examples of historical women warriors, she considers why they went to war, how those reasons related to their roles as mothers, daughters, wives, or widows, peacemakers, poets or queens—and what happened when women stepped outside their accepted roles to take on other identities. She considers the ways in which their presence on the ramparts or the battlefield has been erased from history and looks at the patterns and parallels that emerge when we look at similar stories across historical periods and geographical boundaries. She looks at ordinary women who did extraordinary things...

Bibliographies
March 10th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore representations of power and resistance, including the role of art in constituting ecological consciousness, a famous author's newly discovered allegory of a young woman's rebellion, a reconstruction of political society in pre-modern South India, and a powerful collection from two photojournalists at the heart of the protests for LGBTQ rights surrounding the Stonewall Riots. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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Front Table
March 3rd, 2019

On this episode of Open Stacks, punk poet Eileen Myles joins us in the stacks to discuss talking and writing Evolution, their new collection of essays and poems, and "trying so hard to be in this world." Co-op Booksellers weigh in on the art and "gentle madness" of collecting books.


On February 13, 2019, Eileen Myles came to the Co-op to read from their new collection,...

Open Stacks Podcast
March 3rd, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find poetry from the minimalist to the epic. Also explore new biographies of previously overshadowed women, including a critical figure in the struggle for Chicana/o rights, and an artist who sought to transform modern life through her everyday revival of ancient Greek practices. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
February 25th, 2019

In advance of his conversation with Adèle author Leila Slimani, Moroccan Francophone literary scholar Khalid Lyamlahy shared an expansive list of impactful contemporary Maghrebi literature—in poetry and prose—with the Co-op. Explore the range of titles below, and join us Tuesday, 2/26, 6pm at the Co-op for this installment of ...

February 24th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find new and diverse perspectives on the American experience. Start with a survey of the history of American ideas from the founding to the present. Then find a new collection from a critical figure in American feminism, a treatise on the wide-ranging legal ideas that have been necessary to practice equality, an absurdist fable of racism, and a literary case that the Kennedy assassination marked the beginning of the end. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table
February 17th, 2019

To deny our place in time is to imperil our perspective, says Marcia Bjornerud, professor of geology and author of Timefulness. This time on Open Stacks, we expand our view of the Seminary Co-op, with new looks at the Front Table, James Joyce’s time-intensive staff favorite Ulysses, and Bjornerud’s poly-temporal thinking and reading to support the claim that, contrary to current trains of thought, time is on our side. 


On November 27, 2018, geologist and environmentalist Marcia Bjornerud (right) discussed...

Open Stacks Podcast
February 17th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore fraught questions of race and identity, including the pivotal role of women slave owners in the American south, revelations that a famous chronicler of the Civil Rights movement was actually an FBI informant, and the latest from France's favorite contemporary literary provocateur. Find the following titles and more at ...

Front Table