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That time Benjamin Franklin published a book on DIY abortions

If you are at all engaged in the abortion debate, you’re already aware that every anti-choice argument is inherently hollow. Even if the person making…

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Hitting the Books: Dodge, Detroit and the Revolutionary Union Movement of 1968

After decades on the decline intro, America’s labor movement is undergoing a massive renaissance with Starbucks, Amazon and Apple Store employees leading the way. Though…

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Tennessee House passes bill to let state commission approve school library books

Tennessee legislators passed a bill Wednesday that would allow the state’s textbook commission to approve or reject books in school libraries. Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/tennessee-house-passes-bill-giving-state-commission-approval-school-li-rcna26362 Droolin’ Dog…

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How to Access Banned Books If Your Local Library Sucks

Book-banning is one of those nosy-neighbor hobbies that becomes popular in waves. We’re currently in one of those waves, with parents and concerned citizens “challenging”—and…

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This Earth Day, one book presents global warming and climate justice as inseparable

It’s still an open question to what degree our planet will remain habitable in the coming years. Elizabeth Cripps offers an urgent message in What…

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Ohio school board bans children’s book for its highly offensive rainbow and unicorn images

An Ohio school district just banned the children’s book It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn after deciding that, well, unicorns and rainbows are just not…

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Similarities between Tolkien and Orwell

Superficially, Tolkien and Orwell pose in opposition: Tolkien the devout Catholic buried in English origins, Orwell the committed Socialist unraveling English outcomes. But much was…

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New Dr. Seuss-inspired books will feature diverse writers and illustrators

The new line of books will include original stories inspired by previously unpublished illustrations of the author’s. Six Dr. Seuss books are no longer being…

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Great stories and details in new Hendrix book

There are plenty of books about Jimi Hendrix so why did I like this new one? Rock journalists and brothers Harvey and Kenneth Kubernik  have…

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Where to start with: James Joyce

Always wanted to tackle the great Irish writer but not sure Ulysses is for you? This handy primer may just help you find a way…

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Cool book of old school car renderings

When I went to industrial design school in the 70’s, we were among the last students to learn arcane techniques of creating cool drawings of…

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Watch this remarkable Alice in Wonderland short from 1903

This magical Alice in Wonderland short from 1903 is based on Lewis Carroll’s famous 1865 children’s book. This is the very first film adaptation of…

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Tennessee Republicans hold a book burning to destroy Harry Potter, Twilight, and other “demonic” titles

The simple banning of Maus from schools apparently wasn’t enough for Tennessee Republicans. The time has come to burn books that displease them. Global Vision…

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The unfortunate reason most fans miss antisemitic tropes in ‘Harry Potter’

A trending Jon Stewart podcast clip reminds us that as long as fantasies remain structured around antisemitism, Jewish people will be at risk. Source: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/j-k-rowling-s-harry-potter-goblins-echo-jewish-caricatures-ncna1287043…

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How exactly did manga dethrone American comics?

Formerly a punchline, superheroes are globally ubiquitous and the go-to genre in Hollywood. The success of the cape and tights crowd might suggest a similar…

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The 14 Best Sci-Fi Audiobooks

At its heart, science fiction is a fantastic literary genre. Now, with audiobooks, you can enjoy the best adventures sci-fi has to offer wherever you…

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Is there a ‘war on books’ and freedom of thought in the US?

The list of books banned from schools and libraries in the US gets longer, with a focus on books dealing with racism. Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/program/the-bottom-line/2021/12/9/is-there-a-war-on-books-and-freedom-of-thought-in-the-us Droolin’…

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George R.R. Martin Has the Same Game of Thrones Regrets You Do

We all have a lot in common with best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. We’re all carbon-based lifeforms. None of us…

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Follow the Music is a BIG book on the history of the music biz

The 1960’s was a heady time for the music biz and Follow the Music: The Life And High Times Of Elektra Records In The Great…

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How to Turn Any eBook Into an Audiobook

While not as tactile as a book or e-reader, there’s no denying the convenience of audiobooks. You can “read” while driving, walking the dog, or…

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Graham told Trump he ‘f’d up’ the presidency: book

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reportedly told former President Trump, “You f’d up your presidency” earlier this year when attempting to advise him to accept that he…

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Video looks at popular words first coined in books

Dr. Suess came up with the word “nerd” in 1950 in his book If I Ran the Zoo. In this video for Storied, Dr. Erica…

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