A cheeky introduction to Marxism and socialism for everyone fed up with their capitalist woes. Millennials have it bad. They face the problems of underemployment, unaffordable housing, and economists who write crap columns telling them it’s their fault for taking an Uber to brunch. Today the future’s so dark we need night vision goggles, not a few liberal guys shining a torch on a sandwich. Maybe today we could use the light of Karl Marx. Marx may not have had much to say about brunch in the twenty-first century, but he sure had some powerful thoughts about where the system of capitalism would land us. Over time, it would produce a series of crises, he said, before pushing the wealth so decisively up that the top-heavy system would come crashing down with a push. Pushy old communist Helen Razer offers an introduction to the thought of Marx for Millennials and anyone else tired of wage stagnation, growing global poverty, and economists writing desperate columns saying everything would work better if only we stopped eating avocado toast.
Junkfood Sexlife is a genre-stretching fun house featuring loosely-connected characters living in Venice Beach in the not-too-distant future, 2029. After a devastating, growth-crushing term with celebrity-turned-President George F*ckwad, the United States people voted to appoint a robot as Commander-in-Chief.
The book switches POV each chapter, rotating four times through the seven characters: A Moroccan drummer full of psychic and sexual mojo (Odessa Messa), a theremin-playing witch with a spell to get almost anything she wants (Stevia Wonder), an ex-military hippie-ish party bus driver (Auggie Breakmirrors), a singer who has befriended a canal creature (Cassandra Panda), a psychotherapist who needs therapy more than his patients (Dr. Philip K. Parker), an almost-famous actor with an almost-unquenchable sexual appetite (Gerard Vice), and the self-loathing host of the podcast «I Slept With Them First» (Matt Bogart).
10,000 copy first printing. In the vein of Dear White People , Smyer's follow-up to his debut novel, You Can Keep That to Yourself captures his laugh-out-loud humor brilliantly. The book is alphabetized and tabbed, in the vein of a parody guidebook.Entries include «Ally,» «Articulate,» «Both Sides,» «Ghetto,» «I'm Not Racist, But…,» «Just as Bad,» «Thug,» «Woke,» among others.Smyer's debut was short-listed for the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Akashic's promotion will have a strong social media component.
Svenonius's two previous books–Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group and Censorship Now!!–are both great, steady, evergreen sellers for Akashic. Supernatural Strategies is in its 4th printing with over 11,000 sales to date.Svenonius will be very involved in the promotion. He is truly an icon in the underground rock world with a devoted cult following. The author also tours nonstop, which will help. In addition to his music touring, we will arrange numerous bookstore appearances. Akashic is very tied into the punk/indie music world and we have had great success in this area, especially with Svenonius. The Psychic Soviet had a limited release by an indie record label, but Akashic's new, expanded edition will have bonus material and proper book distribution that the previous edition didn't have.20 black-and-white illustrations (one at the start of each chapter)
Regarded as one of the most influential American journalists of the late 19th and early 20th century, Ambrose Bierce was the Civil War veteran who was best known for his stories of the American Civil War and for his satirical witticisms. Written over several decades “The Devil’s Dictionary” is the ultimate collection of his lexicon of satirical definitions. Bierce’s earliest known definition was first published in 1867. Over the next several decades he would add numerous definitions to his satirical essays, in his weekly columns “The Town Crier” and “Prattle”, and in his personal letters. These definitions were first collected in book form in 1906 as “The Cynic’s Word Book” and later expanded as “The Devil’s Dictionary” in 1911. Not a real dictionary, but rather a lampoon of the English language, “The Devil’s Dictionary” provides satirical, witty and often politically pointed representations of the words that it seeks to “define”. Regarded by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration as one of “The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature”, “The Devil’s Dictionary” is a unique masterpiece of cynical wit. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
As cartoonist, author, public speaker, blogger, and periscoper, Scott Adams has had best-sellers in several different fields: his Dilbert cartoons, his meditations on the philosophy of Dilbert, his works on how to achieve success in business and all other areas of life, his two remarkable books on religion, and now his controversial work on political persuasion.<br><br> Adams’s two most recent best-sellers are <i>How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life</i> (2014) and <i>Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter</i> (2017). Adams predicted Donald Trump’s election victory (on August 13th 2016) and has explained then and more recently how Trump operates as a Master Persuader, using “weapons-grade” persuasive techniques to defeat his opponents and often to stay several moves ahead of them.<br><br> Adams has provocative ideas in many areas, for example his outrageous claim that 30 percent of the population have absolutely no sense of humor, and take their cue from conventional opinion in deciding whether something is a joke, since they have no way of deciding this for themselves.<br><br> In <i>Scott Adams and Philosophy</i>, an elite cadre of people who think for a living put Scott Adams’s ideas under scrutiny. Every aspect of Adams’s fascinating and infuriating system of ideas is explained and tested. <br><br>Among the key topics:<ul>
<li>Does humor inform us about reality?
<li>Do religious extremists know something the rest of us don’t?
<li>What are facts and how can they not matter?
<li>What happens when confirmation bias meets cognitive dissonance?
<li>How can we tell whether President Trump is a genius or just dumb-lucky?
<li>Does the Dilbert philosophy discourage the struggle for better workplace conditions?
<li>How sound is Adams’s claim that “systems” thinking beats goal-directed thinking?
<li>Does Dilbert exhibit a Nietzschean or a Kierkegaardian sense of life? Or is it Sisyphian in Camus’s sense?
<li>Can truth be over-rated?
<li>“The political side that is out of power is the side that hallucinates the most.”
<li>If there’s a serious chance we’re living in a<i> Matri</i>x-type simulation, how should we change our behavior?
<li>Are most public policy issues just too complex and technical for most people to have an opinion about?
<li>In politics, says Adams, it’s as if different people watch the same movie at the same time, some thinking it’s a romantic comedy and others thinking it’s a horror picture. How is that possible?
<li>Does logic play any part in persuasion?</li></ul>
Charlie Rose has called Louis C.K. “the philosopher-king of comedy,” and many have detected philosophical profundity in Louis’s comedy, some of which has been watched tens of millions of times on YouTube and elsewhere. Louis C.K. and Philosophy is designed to help Louis’s fans connect the dots between his pronouncements and living philosophical themes.Twenty-five philosophers examine the wisdom of Louis C.K. from a variety of philosophical perspectives. The chapters draw upon C.K.’s standup comedy, the show Louie, and C.K.’s other writings. There is no attempt to fit Louis into one philosophical school; instead the authors bring out the diverse aspects of the thought of Louis C.K.One writer looks at the different meanings of C.K.’s statement, “You’re gonna be dead way longer than you were alive.” Another explores how Louis knows when he’s awake and when he’s dreaming, taking a few tips from Descartes. One chapter shows the affinity of C.K.’s “sick of living this bullshit life” with Kierkegaard’s “sickness unto death.” Another pursues Louis’s thought that we may by our lack of moral concern “live a really evil life without thinking about it." C.K.'s religion is «apathetic agnostic,» conveyed in his thought experiment that God began work in 1982.