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October 20th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of art and society with a classic argument for a people's culture to combat the culture industry, a study of the social forces shaping the representation of Black culture in visual art, and a history of popular music focusing on its racialized boundaries. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Alien Listening: Voyager's Golden Record and Music from Earth
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October 15th, 2021


On this episode, authors, publishers, editors and booksellers reflect on the value of their work, and what it takes to make a great bookstore thrive. Plus, an out-of-the-way reading list from our bookseller Mrittika: queer historical fiction... thrillers.


Dave Eggers is a novelist, founder of McSweeney's, and co-founder of 826 National. His latest novel, The Every, will initially available exclusively from independant bookstores like us (find out more about this special release...

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October 14th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore the inner lives of resistance, from a pedagogy of complaint, to a study of the myths and realities of a Mexican independence icon, and epistolary meditations on what it means to break with the past and imagine new futures. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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October 8th, 2021

On our Front Table this weekexplore the role of numbers in modern life, from the uses and abuses of public debt, to a critique of quantification and an argument that putatively "objective" statistics always encode cultural assumptions. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics...

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October 5th, 2021

In one of the latest additions to the University of Georgia Press’s Flannery O’Connor Award Series, essayist and fiction writer Kate McIntyre renders unsettling, complicated, and borderline fantastical the lives of seemingly ordinary people in a seemingly ordinary place. The prairie is simultaneously a place like no other and one where many Americans could see themselves represented. 

In the correspondence below, Mad Prairie’s author shares some of her cinematic influences, her intentions, the peculiarities of Midwestern diction, and the ways in which the last five years, shaped by a violently divisive...

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October 1st, 2021

On our Front Table this week, find new literature and poetry selections, from masters of characterization and explorations of displacement, to a poetics of radical compassion. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com
 

The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway ...

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September 24th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore tales from the literary marketplace, from a famous author's career in publishing and its impact on both his writing and on global reading practices, to a history of battles against censorship and obscenity laws. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

Borges and the Literary Marketplace: How Editorial Practices Shaped Cosmopolitan Reading (Yale...

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September 23rd, 2021


On this episode of Open Stacks: a ghostly tour of the Co-op's Front Table, from the hauntings of American history to life (and death) advice from Spinoza.


For more on absence and presence, listen to this recent episode of Open Stacks featuring Daniel Heller-Roazen's Absentees and Susan Crane's Nothing Happened. And for more on the powers of history to trouble the present, listen to Leila Taylor, in...

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September 17th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, find new works of literary and cultural criticism, from an exploration of the role of nature in Black women's struggles against racism, to a global approach to literary history that reconceptualizes the rise of the novel. Find the following titles and more at...
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September 10th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, find new works of literary and cultural criticism, from an exploration of the role of nature in Black women's struggle against racism, to a global approach to literary history that reconceptualizes the rise of the novel. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.

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