Reading Is Critical

March 21st, 2017

The below was originally posted on the Restless Books blog:

In advance of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing-winner Deepak Unnikrishnan's March 22 event at Seminary Coop, the great Chicago bookstore asked him to...

Reading Is Critical
March 8th, 2017

“There never was a war that was not inward.”

-Marianne Moore

Reading Is Critical
March 5th, 2017

Henry A. Giroux is a prolific writer and political commentator, who was a central figure in the development of critical pedagogy. His most recent book, America at War with Itself, was published by City Lights in 2016. 

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Reading Is Critical
March 3rd, 2017

Jeff writes: I admire Musil’s remark that “the truth is not a crystal that can be slipped into one’s pocket, but an endless current into which one falls headlong”. Books can be an effective antidote to the reductive urge. The conception of Muslims, Mexicans, Russians, Indians, Jews, and, well, alas, women, for example, about whom we have recently heard so much from the cultural...

Reading Is Critical
February 28th, 2017

Regarding his picks, Peter writes: "How does economic stagnation lead to intolerance and reactionary rage? Why have both capitalism and government planning failed to spark economic growth? What is life actually like in 'the inner cities'? And what can we learn from a model of true resistance to racist authoritarianism?"

Reading Is Critical
February 27th, 2017

Carolyn Purnell is a French historian who received her PhD from the University of Chicago. Recently, she visited the Co-op to discuss her new book, The Sensational Past: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses. The books on her list have, in her words, "...

Reading Is Critical