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NEW FINDS

March 2016

Between the World and Me 
By Ta-Nehisi Coates
Published: July 14th 2015
More Info:
www.penguinrandomhouse.com
Purchase at your local bookstore.

"This book floored me with its ability to make me (someone who has never experienced what its like to be a black man in America) feel not only the physical peril but the subliminal sabotage of mind and heart that racism perpetrates. addressed from Coates to his son, the pages pulse with the poignant tension of a father torn between trying to caution his somewhat less-damaged son about the limits to, or even the fallacy of, his inclusion in the white power structure, and trying to back-off and allow his son to grow up feeling freer and more hopeful than he ever has. this is a book filled with deeply examined social dynamics and rhythmic sloshes of poetry. it has the power to touch the heart of any parent who aches for their child to have the opportunity to surpass them but fears that a heartbreaking disillusionment lies ahead." - Ani

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February 2016

By Heart Poetry, Prison, And Two Lives 
by Judith Tannenbaum & Spoon Jackson 
Published: 2010
More Info:realnessnetwork.blogspot.com
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"the chapters in “by heart” are written alternately by Judith, a poet teaching creative writing for the first time in San Quentin Prison, and Spoon, a prisoner who does not know it yet but who is destined to become a poet himself. Both writers touched me with their bravery and honesty but it is watching Spoon awaken to his life’s purpose and ignite his voice amid hopeless and awful circumstances that becomes the most powerful. Spoon has become a real inspiration to me through his poetry (in the book “longer ago” and in the film “3 poems by Spoon Jackson”) and his blog “realness network”. he will be one of the featured incarcerated writers on the upcoming record “long time gone” by the prison music project: a loose association of artists including zoe boekbinder, myself, and many others in prison and out." - Ani

 

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CLASSICS

March 2016

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict
Between Word and Image

By Leonard Shlain
Published: 1998
More Info:
http://www.alphabetvsgoddess.com/
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reading this book was one of the most revelating experiences i've ever had with the written word. fitting too since it deals precisely with the human phenomenon of the written word, its unbounded achievements and its colossal (and somewhat startling) down-side. the ideas put forth in this book are not widely accepted (to say the least) they are renegade and controversial, but to me the ring of truth was so deep and resonant that the reverberations have affected the whole of my thinking. Shlain is a man of rare perception and his book “art and physics” i also found to be fascinating and credible but it is "the alphabet versus the Goddess" that contains the spark of feminist insight that picks up where some of the great feminist philosophers of our time left off.

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February 2016

In A Different Voice
By Carol Gilligan
Published: 1982
More Info:
Harvard University Press
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it’s hard for me to even remember the impossibly young ani who first encountered this book back in 1991, but i do remember the effect it had on me! in this book i encountered the first scientific explanation i’d ever received for feeling like a square peg in a round hole my whole life.

through the lens of psychology Gilligan illuminates the hidden otherness of the female mind in patriarchal society. i consider “in a different voice” essential (and utterly fascinating) reading for anyone seeking to understand the fundiments of feminism…or even just the interplay of the masculine and feminine natures within ourselves.
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