Essays

Staff Pick: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis

by David M.

Angela Davis tells it like it is! She explores the ideologies of security, oppression, and freedom. This is a must read for any aspiring activist!

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Staff Pick: On Writing by Stephen King

by Alison

Are you a reader? Are you a writer? Are you both? Are you neither? Then this book is for you. This book is essentially a master class by one of the best worldwide known authors of all time.

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From the publisher:

Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King's critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.

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Staff Pick: The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

by CK

The best TV dramas of the last 15 years, from Buffy to Breaking Bad, didn’t just have great stories and strong creative personalities behind them; they had a financial and technological redefinition of what television is to help them succeed.

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From the publisher: 

A phenomenal account, newly updated, of how twelve innovative television dramas transformed the medium and the culture at large, featuring Sepinwall's take on the finales of Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

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Staff Pick: This is Running for Your Life by Michelle Orange

by Jake

A smattering of essays that veer from pop culture, to family history, to war-torn travelogue. Orange is an important and captivating new voice – just check out “The Uses of Nostalgia and Some Thoughts on Ethan Hawke’s Face” (the title says it all) if you don’t believe me.

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Staff Pick: Everything & More by David Foster Wallace

by Greg

Say the name David Foster Wallace, and people automatically think fiction. Respected for his large and ambitious novels, in this book Wallace focuses all his analytic and humorous powers on the biggest conceivable topic around: infinity!

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Staff Pick: The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

by Sarah

An indispensable book for anyone who loves the English language. A guide, not a manifesto - Roy Peter Clark is no crusading “grammazon”. Covering the basics with brio, Clark utilizes examples that range from Chaucer to Twitter, religious poetry to Rolling Stone. This is a book to turn to again and again for both reference and pleasure!

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Staff Pick: Art & Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland

by Olivia

The quintessential self-help book for every artist, Art & Fear will make you understand how and why you make art, and even why you don’t. If you’ve ever found yourself in an art dry-spell, this is the book you will turn to time and time again for support.

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Staff Pick: Loitering by Charles D'Ambrosio

by Kayla

Whales. Suicide. Russian orphans. Human waste as fertilizer. Sharp without being didactic, it doesn’t really matter what D’Ambrosio is writing about - you’ll want to read what he has to say.

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