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P&P Live! Ian Brennan — Muse Sick: A Music Manifesto in Fifty-Nine Notes - with Judith Heumann

Saturday, September 25, 7:00 pm
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By Ian Brennan, John Waters (Foreword by)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781629639093
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: PM Press - October 19th, 2021

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Grammy-winning music producer, Ian Brennan's seventh book, Muse Sick: a music manifesto in fifty-nine notes, acts as a primer on how mass production and commercialization have corrupted the arts. Broken down into a series of core points and actions plans, Muse Sick is a concise and affordable pocket primer follow-up to Brennan's two previous music missives, How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the arts and Silenced by Sound: The Music Meritocracy Myth.

In fifty-nine concise and clear points, Brennan reveals how corporate media has constricted local culture and individual creativity, leading to a lack of diversity within "diversity." Muse Sick's narrative portions are driven and made corporeal via the author's ongoing field-recording chronicles with widely disparate groups, such as the Sheltered Workshop Singers.

Ian Brennan is a Grammy-winning music producer and the author of four books. He has worked with the likes of John Waters, Merle Haggard, and Green Day, among others. His work has been featured on the front page of the New York Times and on an Emmy-winning 60 Minutes segment.

Judith (Judy) Heumann is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She contracted polio in 1949 in Brooklyn, New York and began to use a wheelchair for her mobility. She was denied the right to attend school because she was considered a "fire hazard" at the age of five. Her parents played a strong role in fighting for her rights as a child, but Judy soon determined that she, working in collaboration with other disabled people, had to play an advocacy role due to continuous discrimination.

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P&P Live! Myisha Cherry — The Case for Rage: Why Anger Is Essential to Anti-Racist Struggle - with Kate Manne

Thursday, October 21, 6:00 pm
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$19.95
ISBN: 9780197557341
Availability: Coming Soon—Pre-Order Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 19th, 2021

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Anger has a bad reputation. Many people think that it is counterproductive, distracting, and destructive. It is a negative emotion, many believe, because it can lead so quickly to violence or an overwhelming fury. And coming from people of color, it takes on connotations that are even more sinister, stirring up stereotypes, making white people fear what an angry other might be capable of doing, when angry, and leading them to turn to hatred or violence in turn, to squelch an anger that might upset the racial status quo.

According to philosopher Myisha Cherry, anger does not deserve its bad reputation. It is powerful, but its power can be a force for good. And not only is it something we don't have to discourage, it's something we ought to cultivate actively. There is a form of anger that in fact is crucial in the anti-racist struggle today. This anti-racist anger can use its mighty force to challenge racism: it aims for change, motivates productive action, builds resistance, and is informed by an inclusive and liberating perspective. Above all, this book is a resource for the activist coming to grips with a seemingly everyday emotion that she may feel rising up within her and not know what to do with. It shows how to make sure anger doesn't go to waste, but instead leads to lasting, long-awaited change.

Myisha Cherry is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. Her books include UnMuted: Conversations on Prejudice, Oppression, and Social Justice (Oxford University Press, 2018) and, co-edited with Owen Flanagan, The Moral Psychology of Anger (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). Her work on emotions and race has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Los Angeles Times, Salon, Huffington Post, WomanKind, and New Philosopher. She has also offered social commentary on race for BBC Radio, BET, and other outlets. Cherry is also the host of the UnMute Podcast, where she interviews philosophers about the social and political issues of our day.

Kate Manne is an associate professor of philosophy at Cornell University, where she has taught since 2013. Before that, she did her graduate work at MIT and was a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. The author of Down Girl, she has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, and Politico, among other publications. She was recently named one of the world's top ten thinkers by Prospect (UK).

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