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Carmen Papaleo
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Operation Dmitry, or Why the F** Am I Really Moving Across the Country?*
Im writing this from a Barnes and Noble café in Omaha NE. The only Barnes and Noble café Ive ever been in where there are no wall outlets for people using laptops. And for someone like me who hates writing on a deadline this isn't helping. I keep glancing...

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Moving On
Well, here we go. I'm leaving my home, my job, my friends, my life that I've built for the past ten years. Im moving across country. I've been working for this day for five years now. The only thing I have left to do is finish some last minute packing, st...

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This book is the product of a blog: The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness, but is not the reproduction of that blog. Instead the author, a twenty four year old, has shaped the narrative to center on the moment that began to define her new existence. A scene t...

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The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, Review
Without a doubt this is the most revolutionary text I have read thus far this year. To evoke a biblical allusion the scales have fallen from my eyes and I see the "war on drugs" for what it really is: a means of racial social control as repressive as Apart...

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The Rich and the Rest of Us Review
I agree wholeheartedly with the major premise of the book: to change poverty we must first change the language we use to think and communicate about poverty. Drawing parallels with the civil rights movement, the gay rights movement, and the women's liberati...

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Review of Habibi by Craig Thompson
Sometimes a book comes along and it is so good, so profound, so heartbreaking and redeeming it stuns you into silence. You have no idea what to say about the book. That $20,000 English degree might as well be a placemat for all the good its doing you now. ...

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Review of A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen
Derrik Jensen's books are not really an enjoyable experience. He comes across as a bit of a crank at first and a militant eco advocate reformer. The prose style is engaging though. He has a definite voice. That voice is not shrill, and does not cry abou...

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Why Orwell Matters, by Christopher Hitchens
I prefer the title of the English edition of this book: Orwell's Victory. That title more accurately covers Christopher Hitchens' purpose. The book consists of a series of rebuttals to Orwell's critics and their respective 'camps:' the Left, the Right, F...

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Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier, and New Directions
When I started the blog I originally intened to review and discuss sci fi and fantasy novels, because those were what I devoured at the time. I still read them, with immense pleasure, but other concerns have sent me to books and areas of interest. Mostly ...

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The Dirty Streets of Heaven Review
Why is it that fantasy books like this, about the war between heaven and hell, always take a left turn and wind you up in some very exist...
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