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Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

Freedom as marronage

Live Free or Die

How does the desire to be free drive human beings to do extraordinary feats of love and courage? When a person’s freedom is abridged or violated, their pursuit of happiness is cut off. Choices then have to be may to secure freedom, a natural right endowed on all life.

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From Politics to Paperback

Former White House staffers who prove sometimes (alternative) fact is stranger than fiction.

The turnover rate of this administration is higher than a fast food joint right before the school year starts and these people had something to say about it. The Blue Collar President by Anthony Scaramucci

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Homo Economicus

How to get over boredom and frustration when engaging with the most important subject of our time

It turns out, after the 2008 out financial crises, that maybe free market capitalism unhindered by regulation, wasn’t a perfect and flawless mechanism for ensuring growth and prosperity. Suddenly Marx’s Capital was back on the bestseller list and the Social Democrats were taking seats in Congress. So what are “We the People” supposed to think, to believe, to enact?  Here are a few reads to help us get into the problem.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

How to Read Like a Librarian

Peek at our staff's reading list

There are a lot of librarian stereotypes out there: we’re all women (false), we’re all either uptight and impersonal or coding nerds with tattoos (false), we like to shush people (false), and we have either read everything in the library or we only read books you’d find on lists of importance (definitely false and false).

Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore

Leading Ladies

Political women of the modern age

Although women have held political power for centuries, for the most part, they have inherited their offices.  In contemporary times, more women political leaders have risen through democratic processes.  Below is a selection of books about women heads of state. Margaret Thatcher by Charles Moore

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Author Talk: John Campbell

In May 1994, Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as the new president of South Africa. This historic occasion was the beginning of a new chapter for the country and an end to apartheid.

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