Category Archives: Culture & Society

Urban Meltdown by Doucet

Doucet, Clive. Urban Meltdown: Cities, Climate Change and Politics as Usual. Gabriola Island, B.C.: New Society Publishers, 2007. Paperback, 251 pp. How many poets do you know who end up sitting on a city council? Well, Clive Doucet for one. He … Continue reading

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Thinking About Music by Rowell

Lewis Rowell. Thinking About Music: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Music. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, 1983. Paperback, xi + 288 pp. Even though this work was published over two decades ago, it remains an incredible resource, and I … Continue reading

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The Twilight of American Culture by Berman

Morris Berman. The Twilight of American Culture. New York: W. W. Norton, 2000. Paperback, xiv + 205 pages. I have been a fan of Morris Berman’s writings ever since reading his first book, The Reenchantment of the World. The present work somehow … Continue reading

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The Self-Sufficient Life by Seymour

John Seymour with Will Sutherland. The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-to-Basics Guide. New York: DK Publishing, 2003. Large-size hardcover, 312 pp. Seymour, “the father of self-sufficiency,” needs no introduction. The first edition of the present work, … Continue reading

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The Liar’s Tale by Campbell

Jeremy Campbell. The Liar’s Tale: A History of Falsehood. New York: W. W. Norton, 2001. Paperback, 362 pp. Campbell, a correspondent for The Evening Standard, starts his book with a thought-provoking argument: Lying is not necessarily deviant behavior but at least is … Continue reading

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The Emotional Lives of Animals by Bekoff

Bekoff, Marc. The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy—and Why They Matter. Foreword by Jane Goodall. Novato, Calif.: New World Library, 2007. Hardcover, xxiv + 214 pp. Bekoff, a professor emeritus of biology at … Continue reading

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The Cheating Culture by Callahan

David Callahan. The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong To Get Ahead. New York: Harvest Books/Harcourt, 2005. Paperback, ix + 366 pp. In case you missed the news over the last decade or so, here is a book that … Continue reading

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The Better World Handbook by Jones et al.

Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, and Brett Johnson with Brian Klocke. The Better World Handbook: From Good Intentions to Everyday Actions. Gabriola Island, British Columbia: New Society Publishers, 2001. Paperback, xii + 287 pp. We know how difficult it can be … Continue reading

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Suing for Peace by Kimmer

James P. Kimmel. Suing for Peace: A Guide for Resolving Life’s Conflicts (without Lawyers, Guns, or Money). Charlottesville, Va.: Hampton Roads, 2005. Paperback, xix + 147 pages. This is a small book with a punch. It proposes an extraordinary idea, … Continue reading

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Space and Place by Tuan

Yi-Fu Tuan. Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1977, 4th printing, 2005. Paperback, 235 pp. Since the original release twenty-nine years ago, this book as become a classic. It was instrumental in establishing human geography … Continue reading

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