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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman

“Anonymous is not unanimous.” In a media climate that scours the day to day for sound bites and rough-hewn adjectives with which to classify political actors, this has become a slogan for Anonymous, the amorphous, mostly-online, somewhat-hacktivist, sometimes-clandestine group known for its oftentimes politically-charged pranks on governments, corporations, and individuals. After years mired in the trenches of Anonymous’ IRC channels, interviewing countless Anonymous members, and even becoming involved in the group herself, Gabriella Coleman has managed to catalogue and expound upon the politics, culture, and structure of a group that firmly rejects any form of celebrity leader or spokesman, that represents no single political ideology (and in fact often contradicts itself), and which doesn’t exist in any single geographical location.

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Playing the Whore by Melissa Gira Grant

Playing the Whore by Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant’s Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work is a slender, not narrow, book, though Gira Grant admits that her scope of investigation is, in fact, limited. Purposely. An admission, lest anyone think she attempts to speak beyond her purview. Grant is quite clear on this point: She will not make the singular plural, or make sweeping statements in order to “make clearer” or simpler some argument that is neither clear nor simple.

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A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros

A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros

A Philosophy of Walking by Frédéric Gros is an insightful stroll through meadow lanes and Alpine forests; a compilation of miniature glimpses into the lives and habits of Nietzsche, Rimbaud, Thoreau, Rousseau, the Cynics, Nerval, Kant, Baudelaire, and Gandhi, and more. The focus of Gros’ explorations remains on-the-go, not unlike many of the figures that we are asked to follow, and such escapades into the walking habits of these long-gone men, whether across mountain ranges or through the city streets of Paris, illuminate the importance of the walk to such figureheads of Western thought. 

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