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May 5th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the intersections of class, race, and gender domination, and the role of the imagination in fighting them: from an argument that reimagined socialisms of the 21st century offer means to combat racism and sexism, to an exploration of the ways that women in punk interrogated money and identity, to Orwellian dialectics of utopia and dystopia, and a critique of the ways that young adult speculative fiction has addressed issues of race and diversity. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com....

Front Table
April 28th, 2019

Rock musician and professor Florence Dore attunes to static in her research on "resonant silences" surrounding censorship and race in modernist literature of the early 20th century and its recapitulation of institutional norms in her new book, Novel Sounds, Australian poet and philosopher Luke Fischer joins us just in time for Poetry Month to read and discuss A Personal History of Vision, and Co-op staff Mark Loeffler and Alena Jones help us dig through the maze of jacket copy, also known as "blurbs." 


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Open Stacks Podcast
April 28th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the making and the meanings of place. Start by rethinking the transformations of cartography as a form of knowledge. Then consider a case for the continuing vitality of landscape painting (including cartographic abstraction); a multigenerational story addressing race and family in Hattiesburg, Missisippi; and a demythologization of the American "heartland." Find the following titles and more at ...

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April 21st, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore attempts to devise literary forms that are adequate to their objects, including new models for writing about place as an assemblage of meaning; assessments of speculative fiction and its capacities for imagining different futures; manifestos on independent publishing as art and as political practice; and a complex book format brought to bear on the complex history of the global textile trade. Find the following titles and more at ...

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April 17th, 2019

Éric Vuillard, Leïla Slimani, and Gaël Faye, three of this year's nominees for the Albertine Prize, which 'aims to highlight five new works by authors from the many countries where French is spoken,' recently stopped by the Co-op late last year to talk about their honored work and that of others on our blog. Browse the Co-op's display of Awards-finalists in store and online, and vote on Albertine website before April 30th.

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April 14th, 2019

Open Stacks returns with historian Pamela Toler on women for whom battle was not a metaphor, while positing the use of story in shaping shared history. Meanwhile, feminist-vegan advocate Carol J. Adams deconstructs the narrative surrounding hamburgers and other animal sourced foods, and how eating, like reading, is always political. Plus, Co-op booksellers weigh in on the glut, guilt, and glory of biting off more than most readers can chew when it comes to ARCs (aka, advance reader copies).


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Open Stacks Podcast
April 14th, 2019

 

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of aesthetics and politics, including a study of the use of portraits in women's suffrage movements, a sublime piece of nature writing on the urgency of ecological crisis, questions about the politics of the sentence as a literary form, and an inquiry into the work of art in the age of AI. Find the following titles and more at ...

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April 7th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, question whether contemporary practices are natural and necessary or contingent and contestable. Start with explorations of motherhood: from a study of its transformations over time, to an argument that the frameworks for studying middle class mothering are inadequate to the specificities of black experience. Then consider attempts to denaturalize hierarchy and the state as social and political forms. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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Front Table
March 31st, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the constitution of gendered subjectivity: from the insurgent desires and new intimacies of early twentieth-century black women, to the control of women's bodies through the mobilization of maternity in post-9/11 national security discourses. Find the following titles and more at ...

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March 24th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the making of space and its relation to commerce. Start with a history of the longest road in the world and the attempt to unite the Americas. Consider food transportation networks and the contradictions between efficiency and consumer romanticism. Then examine the expropriation of native lands and early forms of urban planning as preconditions for the emergence of capitalism in the United States. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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