Books Read in 2016: February

A few of the new releases read this month. One-sentence reviews.

Noam Chomsky, What Kind of Creatures are We? (Columbia UP, 2016)

A review of years of scholarship on linguistics, cognitive science, and how what we know (and don’t know) about reality determines the limits of sciences of society.

Gregory Hampton, Imagining Slaves as Robots in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015)

A speculative foray into the meaning of forced labor, my longer review is here.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Secure the Base (Seagull, 2016)

And another one: Ngugi’s consistency and poignance is inspiring and instructive.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket, 2016)

A socialist reading of the historical conditions that led to movement for Black lives, that ends with a socialist analysis of the kind of work that needs to be done.


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