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September 29th, 2022

On this week's Front Table, explore the controversial histories that shape our future, from the fragile alliance between Black voters and the Democratic party to the challenged texts being brought into classrooms to confront the harm they invoke. Find the following and more at semcoop.com


Black Skinhead: Reflections on Blackness and Our Political Future
(Macmillan)...

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September 23rd, 2022

On this week's Front Table, we find not only poets and novelists, but psychologists and philosophers, from intimate portraits of writers’ lives and their homages that defy erasure to the allure of the alternate self and questions of fundamental robot ethics. Find the following and more at semcoop.com
Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation
(Graywolf Press)
Nuar Alsadir

Writing in a poetic, associative style, blending the personal with the theoretical, Alsadir ranges from her experience in clown school, Anna Karenina’s morphine addiction,...
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September 21st, 2022

We are thrilled to be celebrating 55 years of Third World Press! Read below for a short history of Third World Press, Dr. Madhubuti, and find a selection of featured titles. 

History of Third World Press: Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti founded Third World Press, then the second oldest independent publisher of Black thought and literature in the nation, in 1967. Madhubuti (then known as Don L. Lee), with early support from Johari Amini and Carolyn Rodgers, launched Third World Press from his basement apartment on the South Side of Chicago. With Madhubuti’s $400 honorarium received from a poetry...

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September 16th, 2022

On this week's Front Table, consider how genre emerges and ends, from uncovering the silver threads & golden needles that birthed pop music to how the long history of Jewish literature challenges the modern phenomenon that is the "death of the book." Find the following and more at semcoop.com


Bully Market: My Story of Money and Misogyny at Goldman Sachs 
(Simon, Schuster)
Jamie Fiore...

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September 9th, 2022

 

On this week's Front Table, travel through oceans and centuries studying the transformation of cultures: from Europe's eastern borderlands, seeing through migrant's eyes during World War II to the beginning of interest - what once was considered usury has now become the "price of money." Find the following and more at semcoop.com


Peace and Friendship 
(USA Oxford...

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August 31st, 2022

On this week's Front Table, find rich analysis of the hidden logics that govern us: from nuanced investigations into a for-profit healthcare system and the marginalized diseases it ignores to how an economy’s addiction to military spending distorts science into being subservient to destruction. Find the following and more at semcoop.com


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August 26th, 2022

On this week's Fiction and Poetry Front Table, find poems that ponder guilt and identity, short stories that revolutionized the genre in India, and haunting histories that are remembered only through news clippings, digital archives and far into the minds of the children programmed to forget them. Find the following and more at semcoop.com 


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August 18th, 2022
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On this week's Front Table, discover where science and religion intersect: from a Christian lead attack on right-wing Evangelical Christianity's falsehoods, contradictions, and misuses of the Bible to physicists studying spiritual ideas in tune with the laws of nature to tackle questions we may never know the answer to. Find the following and more at semcoop.com
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August 12th, 2022
    
On this week's Front Table, travel time and space through abstract art and abstract thought: from a carefully curated visual journey spanning over two thousand years of image-making, to a uniquely broad exploration of what sorts of minds we might expect to find in the universe--including in plants, aliens, and God. Find the following and more at semcoop.com

Affinities
(Thames & Hudson...

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August 5th, 2022

 

On this week's Front Table, explore the lives and works of remarkable thinkers: from two revolutionary activists who sought reform from violent political regimes, to the astonishing brains of bees and what their profound cognitive abilities teach us about ourselves. Find the following and more at semcoop.com
A Good and Dignified Life: The Political Advice of Hannah Arendt and Rosa Luxemburg
(Yale University Press)
Joke J Hermsen, tr. Brendan...
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