Sam W

Not to be confused with the other Sam, this Sam was born and raised in the Seattle area. This Sam loves Frank Ocean and the West Coast of San Juan Island. He's convinced that everything is political, and will do just about anything for a scoop of Jersey Cream from Kurt Farm Shop.

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Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (Sexual Cultures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780814757284
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Published: New York University Press - November 30th, 2009

Cruising Utopia is an urgent intervention in contemporary thought, a call for reclaiming the utopian in this historical moment that has purportedly lost all conception of the future. Part manifesto, part criticism, part philosophical meditation, the essays in this book trace the queer utopian impulse of numerous works and aesthetic traditions that are ultimately engaged with the task of imagining another world and realizing that world in the now.

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ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

The Argonauts is a stunning meditation on a number of things: the politics of family making, the tyranny of the normal, the many, many ways in which language can both work for and fail us. Transgressive to its core, The Argonauts is a perfect marriage of form and content, as it blends theory, memoir, and criticism with lucidity and lyricality to create a book that investigates how we might lead lives of both/and rather than either/or. It’s all this and also the most beautiful book I’ve ever read.

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ISBN: 9780446603775
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Published: Aspect - April 1997

Dawn is complex, deeply compelling, and endlessly thought-provoking in its meditations on what it means to be human, who gets to be considered human, and what’s at stake in these categorical distinctions. Set in a dystopian future, Dawn’s chilling, unsettling narrative reminds us how the words we use and distinctions we make so urgently matter in shaping the world around us and the futures to come. 

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ISBN: 9780520296251
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Published: University of California Press - November 7th, 2017

Race and America's Long War is simply the best US history and politics book I read in 2018. Singh's project here, which is rigorous but still readable, is to show the long-term historical precedent of the current neofascist crisis and seemingly permanent wars, both domestic and abroad, as well as to rework theorizations about the connections between race, war, and capitalism. Though sobering, Singh presents his analyses with a cogency and urgency that show the fissures in which any true opposition must be built. Not to mention, no book answers the question on everyone's mind, namely "What happened in 2016?" quite like this one.