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Museum Highlights by Andrea Fraser

This book urges us to be more aware of the way we consume aesthetic products, to question their true functions

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John Cage by David Nicholls

If Nicholls can only describe the shadow of the event, the echo of the song, then it is to his credit that he succeeds. The book places these experimental pieces in a context outside of the assumed joke or prank.

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Songs for the Dancing Chicken by Emily Schultz

The distance between one's self and the person snuggly sleeping next to us is often cruel and crushing.

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The Anti-Oedipus Papers by Felix Guattari

Knowledge is a kindness, but when you approach the unknowable the real work begins.

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Chasing Elvis by Glenn P. Marcel

Elvis stands in popular culture a singular force whose persona like Whitman's permits contradictions and provokes an urge to make myths.

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The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha by Stephen

Asma forces us to examine what areas of faith and secular life are inseparable from our identities, and in so doing he becomes an interesting counterpoint to the normal hero of the travelogue.

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In a Queer Time & Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives by Judith Halberstam

In a Queer Time & Place displays Halberstam's sophisticated understanding of contemporary culture in a plain and engaging tone.

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Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht

We are reminded that for most of history, doubt has been a moderating factor, allowing for a more cosmopolitan atmosphere.

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Skels by Maggie Dubris

The book reminds us that to create is to stand in the shadows of those who already have created.

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The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World by Alister McGrath

Notice is paid to the corruption in theist organizations, but the slightest public indiscretion committed by anyone claiming to be an atheist is used to illustrate the innate failure of atheism.

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So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy by Nalo Hopkinson and Uppinder Mehan

We cannot reverse the effects of colonization: exploration alters not only the colonized, 'discovered' people but the explorer.

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Burn by Jennifer Natalya Fink

Fink manages the cultural uncertainty of the outsider and dissenter in the material deftly by presenting not only a Communist heroine but one that is Jewish as well in a time that prized greater homogeneity.

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Beckham, Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography by David Beckham with Tom Watt

David Beckham is not the pink nail-polished, panty-wearing metrosexual husband of Posh Spice. He is the average bloke who is living the sports fantasy through hard work and training.

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Quickies 3: Short Short Fiction on Gay Male Desire by James C. Johnstone

But in the short short story, with only 1,500 words or less available, each comma must count. The story must be an assassin.

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The Best Short Stories of Leslea Newman by Leslea Newman

The act of family building is central in this book, whether it involves one's relationship with parents or trying to conceive a child with a turkey baster.

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Vampire Thrall by Michael Schiefelbein

Schiefelbein does not overdraw the story, keeping the narrative short, not over-dealing the fantastic elements or giving us pat and simplistic answers to the questions it poses.

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Roughed Up by Simon Sheppard and M. Christian

These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.

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The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas and Friends

Hollywood Babylon breeds with the 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' series in this book.

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The End of Innocence by Chastity Bono with Michele Kort

During the voyage to adulthood, Chastity struggles to find success outside the shadow of her powerful parents.

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Boulevard by Jim Grimsley

The book transcends the basic coming-out narrative by entering into a near fantasy world in which Newell never has to confront society.

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Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play by Dan Woog

Masculinity is more than hair on your back and ball scratching.

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