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9780062300546Hillbilly Elegy
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

By J. D. Vance
Harper, Hardcover, 9780062300546, 272pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2016

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RIP Darwyn Cooke, 53.

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The Koch Brothers’ Vision for America will Destroy Everything you Love Including your Public Library

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Libraries. A place where people too poor to afford Internet access at home can access information and communities that will help them participate in the political process. Or as conservatives call them: Lie-berries: a direct danger to the our dystopian hopes.

The Poor. The filthy, disgusting, craven, hideous, troublesome, rabble-rousing, undeserving, unwashed, ragged, disrespectful, clamorous, disease-ridden, mostly foreign, foul-mouthed, ignorant, rapacious, uncouth masses of dirty, greedy, tubercular, grimy, mentally and morally deficient heathens who have free crab legs and Obamaphones.

The Koch Brothers. Gross brothers/criminal political lapdogs born into $300 million fortunes who have exploited hundreds of thousands of laborers and the natural resources of America to make that $300 million into billions, and they don’t want to pay any taxes on that, because they are evil.

tumblr_n0w8hvm1MI1rh1omao1_1280The Carnegie Robber Barons of yore, when they weren’t pillaging non-rich Americans, worked with locals in designing, building and providing Carnegie funding over the long term for over 1600 libraries across America and around the world. But current Robber Barons the Kochs brothers believe libraries are for non-believers of the liberal bent. They do not like it that poor kids get free opportunities to spend their days surrounded by books and readers instead of home alone with a TV (preferably tuned into FOX NEWS), or hanging out in alleys, while their parents work to pay for their food and shelter. They do not like it that libraries are for many the final safety net afforded to them before they hit rock bottom – where they can search for jobs, send in resumes’, take computer classes, etc. And take action to get back on their feet that they would not otherwise be able to do.

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While the Kochs, having shoveled out dump trucks of money on losing candidates this election cycle, have decided to sit out the presidential nomination process, they have not slowed down their progress in their design to destroy what is left of America. The squillionaireres continue to shaped the legislative and regulatory landscape a bit more to their liking. Because their motto is: “We can’t drown government in a bathtub. nut we can smother it with a big ol’ money pile”.

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9780062116154Savage Harvest
A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art

By Carl Hoffman
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780062116154, 322pp.

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Ramona Quimby, C’est Moi.

 

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Beverly Cleary, who turned 100 last week, has written more than three dozen children’s books over the course of her life, starting with her first book, “Henry Huggins”, in 1950. Cleary was working as a librarian when a group of little boys complained to her that he couldn’t find any books about “kids like us.” hence, Cleary, a hater of didactic literature, birthed Henry Huggins, of Klickitat Street in Portland, Ore.

Henry had a best friend named Beezus and a mischievous but lovable little sister Ramona Quimby. The earlier books in the series tend to be written from Henry’s point of view, and the later ones from Ramona’s; there is also one where the protagonist is Ramona’s sister and one told from the POV of Henry’s dog. I’ve read them all, most multiple times.

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9780385539258A Little Life
By Hanya Yanagihara
Doubleday Books, Hardcover, 9780385539258, 736pp.

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

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John Stanley

awards_2015_fingerawards_stanleyJohn Stanley was born in Harlem, NYC on this date in 1914., so happy birthday, John Stanley.

Stanley is one of my all-time favorite comics writers,  the most consistently funny, the most consistently idiosyncratic, and the most handsome writer to ever work in comics.

 

 

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Stanley  worked as a journeyman comics scripter from the 1940s through the 1960s. He is most well-known for his long-running Little Lulu comics – a character originally created by Marge Henderson Buell –  produced by Dell.

For a long period, he wrote and drew ‘Nancy and Sluggo’ stories for the comic books based on Ernie Bushmiller’s newspaper comic. He also wrote original scripts for the licensed characters Tubby, Deputy Dawg, Clyde Crashcup, Choo Choo Charlie, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Oswald the Rabbit, Andy Panda, Krazy Kat, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Nellie the Nurse, Woody Woodpecker, Melvin the Monster, Heckle and Jeckle.

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416OBmHRwFL._SX335_BO1,204,203,200_Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson

By Gregory Bateson; Mary Catherine Bateson (Foreword by)
University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226039053, 533pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2000

 

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