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November 14th, 2019

 From the depths of Moby Dick to the light of something like poetry in author Etgar Keret’s new collection, Fly Already, we follow a line (or is it a fuse?) running between the past and present of contemporary literature on this episode of Open Stacks, featuring Etgar Keret, Jessica Laser, and Daniel Poppick.


Last year, our staff set sail on a Moby Dick reading group, and on this week's episode, you'll hear from a few of its...

Open Stacks Podcast
November 3rd, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find new perspectives on the history of the arts with the construction of the "Russian woman poet," the mathematic syntheses behind Opt Art, the politics of the Moog synthesizer, and Goethe's notes on Hafiz's Divan. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach (Bloomsbury Academic)
Roshanak Kheshti

Bob Moog, his namesake...

Front Table
October 28th, 2019

 

We asked Éric VuillardCo-op member, novelist, and winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourtto share some books he's read recently. He sent us his thoughts on three remarkable titles: O.K., Joe! by Louis Guilloux, a novel revisiting a dark episode in the US Army's history in post D-Day France; Sur la scène intérieure by Marcel Cohen, a haunting series of portraits of the family Cohen lost to the Holocaust reconstructed from objects they left behind; and finally, a translation into French of the revered 19th century Italian novel ...

October 27th, 2019

 Award winning poet Ocean Vuong and journalist Rebecca Clarren turn a romantic and empiric lens on the art of fiction in their acclaimed debut novels, On Earth We’re Briefly...

Open Stacks Podcast
October 27th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, find new approaches to problems of inequality, from a critique of disparities in access to markets and public services to a history of the concept of "use" that highlights its exclusions. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com...

Front Table
October 20th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore the significance of information in contemporary life with a critique of the visual presentation of data, a theory of our propensity to be deceived, and an attempt to frame life itself as information processing. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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Front Table
October 13th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore constructions of American identity, from a refugee who institutionalized Latin American philosophy, to the racism of retail branding, and a sprawling history of Texas as an idea. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com...

Front Table
October 6th, 2019

On our Front Table this week, explore a range of psychological perspectives on right-wing extremism, from diagnoses of frustrated drives to connections with cultism and apocalyptic impulses. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


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Front Table
October 5th, 2019

 


A place like the Seminary Co-op is in some sense made of writing, but what can writing make? That question finds its way in conversations with Timothy Cresswell, Dani Shapiro and others on the first episode of the third season of Open Stacks.


"For decades, Maxwell Street was a place where people from all corners of the city mingled to buy and sell...

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