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August 18th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, bring philosophical traditions to bear on contemporary life, from the classical articulation of cosmopolitanism to the concept of "bildung" and the practice of critique. Also find imaginative biographies that disclose broader worlds, including the woman who shot Andy Warhol, eighteen trans men at the turn of the twentieth century, and the marmoset of the Bloomsbury Set. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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August 13th, 2019

Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is a founding editor of Public Books and the author of the award-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England and Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London. Marcus will discuss The Drama of Celebrity on Thursday, 9/26, 6pm at the Co-op....

Reading Is Critical
August 13th, 2019

If a rolling stone gathers no moss, the poems in Devin Johnston's Mosses and Lichens attend to what accretes over time, as well as to what erodes. They often take place in the middle of life's journey, at the edge of the woods, at the boundary between human community and wild spaces. Following Ovid, they are poems of subtle transformation and transfer. They draw on early blues and rivers, on ironies and uncertainties, guided by enigmatic signals: "an orange blaze that marks no trail." From image to image, they render fleeting experiences with etched precision. As Ange Mlinko has observed of Johnston's work, "Each poem holds in balance a lapidary concision and utter lushness of vowel-work," forming a distinctive music. Devin Johnston will read from Mosses and Lichens, with poet Susan Kinsolving, ...

Bibliographies
August 11th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore modes of meaning-making across the arts with a rhetorical approach to film, the working notebooks from a master of modern dance, a collection and contextualization of modern Sudanese poetry, and an investigation of the role of black artists in the history of MoMA. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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August 4th, 2019

On our Front Table
find a master of haiku.
Browse here or in store.


Klotsvog  (Columbia University Press)
Margarita Khemlin, trans. Lisa C. Hayden

In this novel, Margarita Khemlin creates a first-person narrator, Maya Abramovna...

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July 28th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find examinations of social movements with lessons for political activism, including a study of environmental movements focusing on wind power, a history of progressive Catholic social movements in the United States, and a critique of contemporary agitation for university reform from the standpoint of anti-capitalist alternatives. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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July 21st, 2019

On our Front Table this week, fresh materials reveal new dimensions of important figures: text and image construct a portrait of two influential avant-garde collaborators; a collection of interviews illuminates critical features of Bakhtin's text and context; new essays from Kristeva bring the psychoanalytic apparatus to bear on the present; and childhood memories, stories, and poetry reveal the origin story of a remarkable Dakota author and activist. Find the following titles and more at ...

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July 14th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find imaginative works on immigration and displacement. Then explore cultural economies with a history of exploitation in the jazz industry, an account of the Italian Renaissance from a famed historian of economic life, and a theory of cinema as the point of departure for a general economy of images. Find the following titles and more at ...

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July 7th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the relationship between knowledge and society with new evidence that power has masked truth, a classic Foucauldian argument that power is constitutive of truth, a long-awaited reading of Hegel on the social character of knowledge, a history of the Nazi indoctrination of German youth, and a volume that speaks truth to misogynistic power 100 times. Find the following titles and more at ...

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June 30th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of the personal to the political with an interrogation of the meanings of menopause, a feminist novel of mariticide, a psychoanalytic affirmation of "the girl" as a standpoint for the critique of the Electra complex, a case for the public option in health and child care, and a biography of a legendary activist highlighting the tensions between her political anarchism and personal desire. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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