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‘Brief Histories of Everyday Objects’ Ponders, What’s Up With the Toothbrush?

In comic form, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects puts everyday objects under clever ideological scrutiny.

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‘Everything Explained That Is Explainable’ Contains the Intrigue of a Thriller

This is the story of not only the modern accumulation and dispensing of knowledge, but also of early marketing and public manipulation through the impressive power of persuasion.

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The Mystery of ‘All That Man Is’

David Szalay's novel preserves the mystery of modern manhood within an anthology of realism.

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‘Land of Fish and Rice’ and Elegantly Subtle Cuisine

Fuchsia Dunlop leaves the peppercorns behind for the "pure" and "light" flavors of south China.

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Animation: It’s Not Just for Children, Anymore

The inclusive approach in A New History of Animation will have you discovering the work of new animators, and new works by artists already familiar to you.

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‘Wayward Heroes’ and Cold War Iceland

Wayward Heroes, for all its tangled itinerary, endures in this long-awaited translation as a cautionary tale for all who flock around despots or who applaud the cries of die-hards.

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‘Becoming Unbecoming’ and the Toll Extracted From Survivors

This graphic novel offers an incomparably powerful critique of misogyny and male sexual violence against women.

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The Market Knows All and Sees All

Renowned theologian Harvey Cox examines contemporary belief and modern America gods: Market, DOW, Nasdaq, and more in The Market As God.

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A 21st-century Muckraker Pierces the Heart of the Internet in ‘Reading the Comments’

If Eggers' The Circle gave us a glance at the inimical nature of social media via Orwell’s idea of “groupthink”, then Reagle takes us even deeper into why we love to comment on anything and everything.

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The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst Shares His View Behind the Drum Kit

Founding drummer of The Cure Lol Tolhurst explores the creation of the classic band, their meteoric rise, his alcohol-fueled crash, and his personal rebirth.

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Barbara Yelin’s ‘Irmina’ Makes Clear: There’s a High Cost to Ignoring One’s Political Climate

The provocative and visually stunning Irmina explores Nazi-era questions of culpability that resonate eerily with today's world.

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To Live and Die in Pixelation

Death by Video Game is a must read not only for gamers, but for anyone interested in learning about well researched and supported argumentation.

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‘The Angel of History’ Reflects on the Costs of Assimilation

The Angel of History is an evocative religious and sexual elegiac with a dark and stirring current of comedy running through it.

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Jonas Mekas Had the Right Attitude for Looking at Movies

For a decade and a half, Mekas covered experimental film for the Village Voice and was read by John Waters, Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Jarmusch, and countless others.

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12 Oct 2016 // 8:30 AM

An Ode to Total Immersion

Land of Love and Ruins is an Icelandic meditation on the present that blurs the line between memory and fiction

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Punk on Paper: One Page Per Item, 550 Artifacts

Oh So Pretty's value lies among those images that challenge a quickly stultifying norm.

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Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity

Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.

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A 50th Anniversary Reflection on the Greatness of Lenny Bruce

Chief among Bruce’s peeves is hypocrisy of any stripe, and chief among his virtues is his constant willingness to cop to his own sordid contradictions.

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Ambition, Folksy Charm, and an Alligator: ‘Carrying Albert Home’

Homer Hickman's story offers a light-hearted, ultimately feel good series of stories that are more often than not as amusing as they are poignant.

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‘The Mandibles’ Presents an America Under Economic Siege

If you aren't terrified, you aren't paying attention.

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