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…beautiful in my worn clothes… The Transgressions of Love

…beautiful in my worn clothes… The Transgressions of Love by Rod Dubey, Scarlet Letter #2, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy, I presume, of the publisher, Charivari Press. And, in truth, this arrived late last year, and I am only just now posting; so, do help me make amends by checking out both book and publisher!

Rob Dubey …beautiful in my worn clothes… The Transgressions of Love from Charivari Press

…beautiful in my worn clothes… The Transgressions of Love is a book about the history, ethics, aesthetics and politics of love as radicalism. Rod Dubey describes love as a river that freely flows without regard to prohibitions based on race, gender, class or religion. Love transgresses the boundaries set by church, state and family which seek to control it and is thus, inherently subversive and the basis of an alternative ethics. Historic periods marked by the valuation of love have had a profound influence in shaping who we are. Today we increasingly define freedom as the ability to love whoever we choose. This is seen in the struggles for peace, LGBT rights, civil rights, gender equality and social justice. Transgressive love has also been significant in the development of avant-gardes and in challenging censorship.

…beautiful in my worn clothes… The Transgressions of Love draws from a variety of sources, including philosophy, literature, art, political and cultural theory, and popular culture. Diverse voices on love who are discussed include Shelley, Ghandi, bell hooks, Harriet Jacobs, Jane Austen, Forugh Farrokhzad, Ivan Illich and Raoul Vaneigem. …beautiful in my worn clothes… is a fitting response to a world of increasing simulation and to the politics of hate so prevalent in the West, which is characterized by racism, homophobia, an advocacy of war and the refusal of ethical responsibility toward others.” — back cover

The Wild & The Free

The Wild and the Free: Shane, Rousseau, Hippies by Donal McGraith, Scarlet Letter #3, has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy, I presume, of the publisher, Charivari Press. And, in truth, this arrived late last year, and I am only just now posting; so, do help me make amends by checking out both book and publisher!

Donal McGraith The Wild and the Free from Charivari Press

The Wild & The Free begins as a series of meditations about wilderness and freedom; about the American frontier in fact and fiction, and its promise of freedom for refugees. But then it draws back to consider Rousseau, Zerzan and the largely negative effects on humanity and personal freedom which stem from the advent of agriculture. Along the way, Donal McGraith considers such topics as ‘buyer’s regret,’ which is evidenced by our consumerism and attempts to convince ourselves that we have not lost something of value. And he takes a detailed look at the film Shane whose chief protagonist exemplifies the impossibility of personal integrity when faced by the demands of loyalty brought about by civilization. With his insistence on individual responsibility, Shane chooses to become an outsider, to stand apart from the family, law and gangs that compete for his allegiance.” — back cover