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I take a detailed look at three books with protest as subject. Saturday by Ian McKewan takes a look at a day in London in 2005 when the UK protests its involvement in the Iraqi War. Occupy is a series of collected pamphlets by Noam Chomsky that takes a look at the uprising season of occupation that was 2011. Strange Fruit is a detailed history by David Margolick that examines one of the most famous and well-known protest songs of all time.
Subject – The New Inquiry Guest – Atossa Abrahamian Thinkers and writers of our generation face an unprecedented set of cultural realities. The growing supply of career academics has flooded the university job market, and 21st century technologies have thrown traditional media into crisis. Although the future of higher education and print remains obscure, these cultural sea changes have yielded one definite side effect: an abundance of young writers and thinkers resolved to pursue a public intellectual life for its own sake–a pursuit ordered and enabled by Internet technology. The New Inquiry is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources–both digital and material–toward the promotion and exploration of ideas. 00:00 Book Talk Intro – Kory French 01:40 When They Fight, They Fight – The Generationals 04:55 Interview with Atossa Abrahamian Part 1 18:17 Girls – The Stumblebums 21:12 Going Lebron by Atossa Abrahamian – A reading by Kory French 26:38 Oh You, Oh Thing – Wolf Parade 32:22 Interview with Atossa Abrahamian Part 1 44:24 Say For Certain – The Generationals 48:25 Finish Web site: http://thenewinquiry.com/about Atossa Abrahamian The New Inquiry The Generationals The Stumblebums Wolf Parade
This week on Book Talk DJ Kory takes you through his highlights from 2011. We will hear some of the best moments, wittiest responses and most entertaining readings from the last 52 episodes of Book Talk.
This week on Book Talk is guest-less. I talk briefly about the conflict of scheduling Party Week with the 10th year anniversary of September 11th. There is a reading from The Rum Diary, one of the ultimate party books. Finally, I will review some of the upcoming hot releases for fall, 2011.
“The bare bones of the plot are certainly gripping — the loss of a son she never knew, the lifelong grieving process and investigation of that loss — but it is Groom’s writing that stakes out the book’s place in the genre and, in ways, seeks to elevate it. After reading I Wore the Ocean, you’ll wish that more poets would write their lives in prose — Groom’s voice feels vital and awake, uncompromising and refreshingly spare.” – Rachel Syme, npr.org
It is Peter Pan Syndrome week here on BreakThru Radio, so, as the shoe fits, wear it. I do a reading from the J.M. Barrie story/play that provides the foundation to the complex.

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