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'Gender Explorers' Offers Insight into Youth Perspectives on Gender

Trans activist Juno Roche's latest work, Gender Explorers, is about listening to youth, not dictating to them.

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Genre-defying Author Jeffrey Wilson Discusses His Ethnographic Novel, 'The Instinct for Cooperation' in This Exclusive Video

Wilson, with artist Eliseu Gouveia, explores real people's lives on the frontlines of America's struggle for economic justice and human dignity through the lens of Chomsky's political analysis.

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'The Instinct for Cooperation' Breaks Through the Boundaries of the Graphic Novel

Jeffrey Wilson breaks new ground, adding "graphic interview" to the expanding categories of nonfiction comics and introducing Chomsky and his political thoughts to a new audience of readers.

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David Lynch and Kristine McKenna's 'Room to Dream' Never Awakens

The legendary director behind Twin Peaks, Eraserhead, and Mulholland Drive joins co-author Kristine McKenna for a unique blend of autobiography and biography that does little to solve the mysteries of his life and work.

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Christopher Hitchens Embraced and Devoured with Equal Passion

Christopher Hitchens: The Last Interview and Other Conversations is a tantalizing, brief appetizer of the breadth, scope, and urgency of this legendary contrarian's thoughts on such topics as religion, war, literature, and media.

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Finding Personality in the Ephemeral Comic Shop

Exploring the people and places who created a niche for comics sellers and geeks.

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Allen Ginsberg: The Artist as Mensch

The overwhelming impression from Ginsberg's interviews is his lack of ego. He comes across, again and again, as a fundamentally decent person.

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'Over Ten Tons of Internet': An Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith, the Poet Who Tried to Print the Entire Internet

The average professor spends the summer revising syllabi and maybe teaching a class or two. Kenneth Goldsmith spent his printing out the Internet.

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Is Punk Rock Just Urban Folk Music? 'Left of the Dial'

This compendium provides a fitting tribute to punk's intellectual and political energy, harnessed to a friendlier, if assaultive, approach that invites in all to play and listen.

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Trouble, Strife and Endless Crooked Notes: 'Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk'

Jason Weiss offers an in-depth examination of one of the most important independent jazz and avant-rock record labels. Focusing on insiders’ recollections of the label’s rise and fall, Weiss presents an eye-opening tale of commercial reality colliding with imaginative ideals.

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'Black Metal: Beyond the Darkness' Brings Darkness into Light

This is essential reading for metal fans, and for anyone open-minded enough to realize that the reality of black metal is far more fascinating than its misrepresentative myths.

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The Paris Review Interviews, Vols. 1-4, Edited by Philip Gourevitch

If you love to read, love to write, or are simply curious about how great authors think and talk about their craft, you’ll find these interviews endlessly fascinating.

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Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation

Pekar finds splendor where others might see only grind, and has a gift for finding the telling anecdote or quotation to illustrate a point or typify a character.

Sarah Boslaugh
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Miles on Miles, ed Paul Maher Jr., Michael K. Dorr

Davis never wanted to stop moving, always wanted to be doing something, pissing somebody off, and driving people wild.

Michael Patrick Brady
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The New YouTube Game Criticism: An Interview with "moviebob"

"Working on the web is a great motivator...if you screw up and forget that Stanley the Bug Man was the hero in Donkey Kong 3 instead of Mario there's going to be twelve guys all lined up to correct you."

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"Technology for the Masses": An Interview with Nolan Bushnell

"The games got too complex and violent. The complexity lost the casual gamer, and the violence lost the women."

Ryan Smith

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