What books help you resist/imagine/create?

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What books help you resist/imagine/create?

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1Qwofacenosehead
Edited: Aug 11, 2006, 7:48pm

'siyo folks,

I'm really into hearing what books have been and are important to folks in their acts of resistance and survival. What books are important to your own resistance?

There are so many for me that it's hard for me to pick, but today I'm thinking a lot about People of the Seventh Fire: Returning Lifeways of Native America edited by Dagmar Thorpe. It's a book of interviews with Native people engaged in decolonial work. More folks should know about it and read it!

2NickW
Aug 16, 2006, 11:18am

One of the most important books to me is We Are Everywhere: The Irresistible Rise of Global Anti-capitalism. This book is essentially a contemporary anthology of short stories by a diverse mix of people involved with 'global anti-capitalism' - the stories are mostly very personal experiences of protest in all its forms.

Something, somewhere in this book is bound to inspire even the most cynical of readers!

3tartalom
Edited: Aug 16, 2006, 6:14pm

As the once-great John Lydon said: "anger is an energy" what makes my blood boil makes me resist. Given the current round of middle east chest beating, Robert Fisk's Pity the Nation : Lebanon at War is a good guide to the astonishing cynicism of all the players in that particular game when it comes to human life. I would also recommend We did nothing : Why the Truth Doesn't Always Come Out When the UN Goes in by Linda Polman reporting how the UN gets stymied in attempts to mop up the messes the major powers leave behind. First place I ever came across the expression "blue rinse"

4smfmpls
Aug 17, 2006, 2:29pm

I get inspired by books that help me understand the destructive ways in which the world undermines our relationships with each other, and how to work through that--for instance, My Name Is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization and many books by Derrick Jensen.