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    Dan, Bookseller, Brooklyn & Jersey City 

    Most recent staff pick: Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson

    If Foucault were around today and decided to wander around an Apple store and write down his thoughts, the result would look a lot like this book. Nato Thompson, an art critic and curator, traces the history of elites using culture as a tool to gain social and economic influence, from the earliest days of public relations in the 19th century to the contemporary decor of a Starbucks cafe. Thompson blends media criticism-emphasizing the privatization of social experience and the commodification of self-actualization- with poignant meditations on the role of emotion and affect in our daily lives. Thompson effectively describes how the modern power elite use irrationality and fear to manipulate citizens. Sound familiar?

    Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life Cover Image
    $24.99
    ISBN: 9781612195735
    Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
    Published: Melville House Publishing - January 17th, 2017

    If Foucault were around today and decided to wander around an Apple store and write down his thoughts, the result would look a lot like this book. Nato Thompson, an art critic and curator, traces the history of elites using culture as a tool to gain social and economic influence, from the earliest days of public relations in the 19th century to the contemporary decor of a Starbucks cafe. Thompson blends media criticism-emphasizing the privatization of social experience and the commodification of self-actualization- with poignant meditations on the role of emotion and affect in our daily lives. Thompson effectively describes how the modern power elite use irrationality and fear to manipulate citizens. Sound familiar?


    Upstream: Selected Essays Cover Image
    $26.00
    ISBN: 9781594206702
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    Published: Penguin Press - October 11th, 2016

    Featuring topics ranging from her childhood roaming the great black oaks to the literature of Edgar Allen Poe to the mystical sagacity of bears, Upstream is a gorgeous meditation on life, the wild, and the essential work of the poet. Oliver's flowing descriptions of nature echo the best moments of Edward Abbey's Desert Solitaire, except Oliver trades the plateaus of Utah for the forests of New England. Readers of Patti Smith's M Train or Gary Snyder's Turtle Island will find rapture in Oliver's emphasis on the wisdom of the natural world and the search for a dignified and engaged solace. Oliver's title essay ends with a challenge—a plea—that seems all the more relevant in our current political landscape: “Give [the children] the fields and the woods and the possibility of the world salvaged from the lords of profit.”