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Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused By Melissa Maerz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062908490
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - November 16th, 2021

Islands of Abandonment: Nature Rebounding in the Post-Human Landscape By Cal Flyn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984878212
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Published: Penguin Books - June 14th, 2022

Explores how nature returns to areas that humans have previously developed and, for one reason or another, left. Oscillates between lush nature writing and sociological/historical investigations into disasters, wars, deindustrialization. Gradually reveals itself as a warning against unchecked climate change, presenting visions of potential futures based on what's already occurred throughout the world. Filled with beauty and melancholy!

Everything for Everyone: An Oral History of the New York Commune, 2052-2072 By M. E. O'Brien, Eman Abdelhadi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942173588
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Published: Common Notions - August 2nd, 2022

Takes anxieties about the instability of our future here in the United States and examines what might happen, not if we avoid the scenarios at the root of these anxieties, but use our impending catastrophes as an opportunity to build something new in the ruins. Told in the style of an oral history, each chapter is a faux-interview with someone who participated in the creation of a series of communes in New York City that popped up after climate change and political dysfunction reached a breaking point. We get glimpses at the bigger picture of what's going on and there's some speculative sci-fi weirdness (algae AI!) but mostly we're grounded in the emotional reality of the characters, who are all some blend of traumatized and hopeful. Dialed to a frequency that's warm and optimistic, but not naive.

The Devils of Loudun By Aldous Huxley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061724916
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 28th, 2009

I've always loved when authors and artists synthesize the high-brow and the low-brow. In this book, one of the 20th-Century's great authors tackles a historical case of deviltry, possession, and mass hysteria. A story that could easily inspire adaptation as a Hammer or American International witchfinder movie (and did inspire a banger Ken Russell adaptation!!) is instead treated with historical rigor and philosophical care. Huxley uses the salacious goings-on to extrapolate his own theories on spiritual belief. These extrapolations pair weirdly well with The Doors of Perception, despite the wildly different subject matter.