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Archeophonics by Peter Gizzi - Book Review

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$15.95
ISBN: 9780819577726
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Published: Wesleyan - October 3rd, 2017

I fell hard into the simple beauty of this book. What a strange and brilliant trip into poetics, Gizzi breathes life back into poetry over and over again. Here, each new line creates a new language, one that at times reads like a conflation of Rimbaud's Illuminations and the early works of William Carlos Williams. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge a Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553371307
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Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1993

Provocatively spoken, with a voice that is both passionate and well informed, McKenna theorizes that a plant with psychedelic properties was the true source that broke humanity into consciousness thousands of years ago, and that our long trek away from nature is what led us to misery and self-abandonment. His anthropological stories and details alone are worth the read for anyone curious about drug culture, and how and why we've come to demonize entire cultures based on their disposition. A good precursor to Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525574828
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 17th, 2018

The embedding of postmodern theory into contemporary society that, warped and degraded by politics, has so broken and divided us into our own bubbles and factions, resulting in the renowned importance of personal truths away from any sole objective truths is what's at the heart of Kakutani's well researched analysis on our modern crisis. Thoroughly absorbing and undoubtedly important. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) by Kazuo Ishiguro - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400078776
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Published: Vintage - March 14th, 2006

Three young adults unravel a mystery that holds ethical influence over humanity's future. This is a superb story that's meant to grasp you whether you unravel its mysteries yourself or not, and is a mediation on the importance of each other's past and how easily it is to overlook details when we're too involved with our own lives. But most of all how essential it is not to waste our time, and to fight till the very end for the lives we desire, even if the road seems fruitless. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics by Stephen Greenblatt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393635751
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 8th, 2018

Who would have thought Shakespeare would still be so contemporary? Well, a lot of people it turns out, but in the case of our modern political atmosphere Greenblatt helps us by doing most of the heavy lifting. In Tyrant, the author scours through Shakespeare's historically tyrannical characters in a way that illustrates the correlation between the past and our present without ever having to actually mention current political events. He lays out the groundwork and allows the reader to find their own way. And because of this his work will never go out of style. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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