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Off the Edge
Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything
Kelly Weill - 2022-02-22
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Since 2015, there has been a spectacular boom in a nearly two-hundred-year-old delusion—the idea that we all live on a flat plane, under a solid dome, ringed by an impossible wall of ice. It is the ultimate in conspiracy theories, a wholesale rejection of everything we know to be true about the world in which we live. Where did this idea come from?...
Ben Collins
I cannot stress how horrifyingly prescient the history of the Flat Earth movement is to this moment. I didn't believe it until I read it in this book, and I can barely believe I'm writing this sentence. It's just such a good read.      source
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All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers
A Novel
Larry McMurtry - 2018-05-29 (first published in 1972)
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Hailed as one of “the best novels ever set in America’s fourth largest city” (Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Book Review), All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers is a powerful demonstration of Larry McMurtry’s “comic genius, his ability to render a sense of landscape, and interior intellection tension” (Jim Harrison, New York Times Book Review)...
Ben Collins
RIP to Larry McMurtry, who wrote one of favorite books ever, All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers, a beautiful thing. From Jim Harrison’s review in 1972: “He visualizes his success as evil, the dream defiled, mucked-up, mundane.”      source
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Dark Passage
David Goodis - 1946-01-01
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For the first time, the best work of a distinctive master of American noir is available in authoritative e-book editions from The Library of America. David Goodis experienced a brief celebrity when his novel Dark Passage (1946) became the basis for a popular movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The story of a man railroaded for his wif...
Ben Collins
It is also imperative you read "Dark Passage" by David Goodis. Is this book a 60-year-old noir about a guy who gets facial reconstruction surgery to evade murder charges? Yes. Is it a "good" book? Probably not. Did I enjoy it? Yes, therefore canceled.      source
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The Inevitable
Dispatches on the Right to Die
Katie Engelhart - 2021-03-02
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A riveting, incisive, and wide-ranging book about the Right to Die movement, and the doctors, patients, and activists at the heart of this increasingly urgent issue. As much of the world's population grows older, the quest for a "good death," has become a significant issue. For many, the right to die often means the right to die with dignity. The I...
Ben Collins
I also recommend you pick up @katieengelhart's deeply researched and heartrending book on the right to die before the liberal gestapo raise the prices at Barnes & Noble, effectively canceling it.      source
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Anne-Marie Slaughter
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Culture Warlords
My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy
Talia Lavin - 2020-10-13
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A HARROWING JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF WHITE SUPREMACYTalia Lavin is every skinhead’s worst nightmare: a loud and unapologetic Jewish woman, acerbic, smart, and profoundly antiracist, with the investigative chops to expose the tactics and ideologies of online hatemongers. Culture Warlords is the story of how Lavin, a frequent target of extremist tro...
Ben Collins
I really recommend this book.      source
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Mona Eltahawy
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My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Ottessa Moshfegh - 2019-05-02 (first published in 2018)
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FROM THE MAN BOOKER-SHORTLISTED AUTHOR OF EILEENTHE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Savage, funny, frequently on the verge of teetering into lunacy... My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a non-negotiable in your holiday carry-on this summer' VogueIt’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?Our narrator...
Ben Collins
Favorite book of the decade.      source
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When Prophecy Fails
Leon Festinger - 2018-04-03 (first published in 1956)
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The study reported in this volume grew out of some theoretical work, one phase of which bore specifically on the behavior of individuals in social movements that made specific (and unfulfilled) prophecies. We had been forced to depend chiefly on historical records to judge the adequacy of our theoretical ideas until we by chance discovered the soci...
Ben Collins
@sequinpants Here's a really good book on just that! It's basically like the gambling term "pot commitment," plus some other psychology.      source
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David Heinemeier Hansson