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A Roadmap to Impactful Protest: 'Ten Years That Shook the City'

Long before San Francisco was the liberal capital of American, individuals incited a powerful movement to make activism a necessity rather than a choice.

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'The Moral Landscape': Values and Belief are Represented in the Brain, but What Does That Mean?

Sam Harris's writing is gripping and his knowledge is encyclopedic, and he successfully demonstrates that science can help us draw conclusions about values that exist, but he doesn’t show us how science helps us to make ontological rules about these values.

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'Sunset Park' Casts Shadows on a Tenuous Reality

In Sunset Park, Paul Auster creates a world populated by antiheros and void of Gods, spinning a compelling tale of stagnancy and angst.

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Seasoned Playwright Brooke Berman Finds Home in a New Genre

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Questioning Values, With a Twist

Author Martha McPhee was brave enough to admit just how grueling life as a "successful" writer is -- what unfolds is a guide for self-reckoning.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade

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The Best American Non-Required Reading 2009 ed. Dave Eggers

In this collection, the tirelessly unconventional Dave Eggers collects a year's worth of American writing that ostensibly is a far cry from what we deem "the classics".

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Bipolar Explorer: 2.Mar.10 - New York

Lauching the Annie O. Concert Series, Bipolar Explorer played a rooftop set at New York's Cooper Square Hotel.

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After America's Midlife Crisis by Michael Gecan

Gecan explains exactly what a community organizer might do, and why we actually need them.

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The Boston Review Books

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Pop. 1280: 23.Jan.2010 - NYC

Words and Pictures by Rachel Balik

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Changing My Mind: Occassional Essays by Zadie Smith

Smith is self-aware without self-absorbed, shares her voice without yelling, and gives the reader not only the gift of her wisdom, but also the gift of her humanity.

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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro

The stories reflect both the saturation and the irony indicated in the title: The world of this book is simply the other side of the coin, or the opposite of happiness.

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Art Brut: 15 November 2009 - New York

Most shows at Bowery aren’t intimate, but Art Brut performed as though we were all at a party, and they were the ones drunk enough to stand on the kitchen table and start expounding.

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The Return of Depression Economics and The Crisis of 2008

Through simple language and basic analogies, Krugman manages the great feat of explaining how money works in a vacuum, and how it has worked for us in the past 20 years.

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44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World

44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World – ed. Robert Pledge and Jacques Menasche – National Geographic [$50]

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W.W Norton

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