Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell’s much-anticipated new novel The Bone Clocks is a fascinating journey through the metaphysical with an interesting social commentary on current events. Written in six parts, the novel’s heroine is Holly Sykes, a teenager who is a magnet for paranormal phenomenon and gets caught up in a war for humanity and the Earth itself.
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Jessica Valenti’s non-fiction work The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women is an eye-opening read about how our society sends conflicting messages: women must be “chaste” and not sleep around, but on the other hand, they’re judged for how sexually attractive they are.
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The poems in David Tomas Martinez’s new poetry collection Hustle revolve around the coming-of-age stories of minorities who live in San Diego, California. Many of the situations are based off of what Martinez saw during his own childhood. With careful construction his poetry shows the dark side of San Diego, a side that’s rife with gang activity and family suffering.
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Jane Yolen’s new poetry collection The Bloody Tide: Politics, Polemics, Poetry, Songs, and Rants allows her readers to feel the anger of those who fight for social justice as they view the world and all its massive injustices. Each of the 60 poems look at different troubling events around the globe. From the Holocaust to the Boston massacre, to wars to global warming, she points out that we as one need to do what we can to change our ways, otherwise it will be too late and our world will be thrown into darkness. For example, she chastises those who have burned her book just because a character was gay in the piece “Fahrenheit” and muses that she could “feel the flames of the bonfire on her cheeks.”
Meanwhile, in “Listening to the News Reminds Me of Yeats,” Yolen warns her readers that the poet W.B. Yeats, who often wrote about the bloody collapse of civilization, was right; if we don’t put our foot down to stop the endless arguments between who is right and who is wrong, we’ll be in big trouble. The Bloody Tide is more than just a lament of the past, it’s a thought provoking demand for us to wake up.
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Stanzas and Clauses for the Cause is a fascinating collection of both poetry and short stories sent in from contributors all over the world. From the United Kingdom to India, writers such as Debra Ayis, Nick Armbister, Gary Beck, Lizz Brady, Rachna Saxena, Paul Toth, and Saira Viola voice their thoughts about various social justice topics. Chris Brine, who is both one of the partners in this anthology and co-owner of the publishing house, decided to create the anthology as a way to give minority voices a chance to be heard and to try and bring more attention to various social issues through the use of writing and poetry.
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Agitating for social justice within any field of artistic production can get a wide range of reactions, but one of the most uncomfortable (and telling) is the deafening wall of awkward silence. In this 2011 clip, a panel of directors are asked to address the dearth of lead roles for non-white and non-male actors in films, an area where the institutional racism of the film industry is well documented. Watch as the panel of (surprise!) all-male, nearly-all-white directors give an industry standard reaction (with the possible exception of British director Steve McQueen).
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