Archive for June, 2008

OJPL Book of the Month : Feed by M.T. Anderson

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Feed, a young adultish novel written by M.T. Anderson, is the first ever OJPL Book of the Month. This means that the OJPL officially recommends that people read this book because the OJPL thinks that this book is rather very good and also that this book and the reading thereof represent and further the mission and values of the OJPL.

The book is one of the best depictions of the insanity of USAmericans, consumer culture, and The Market that the OJPL has read in a long time. It is also a teenage romance novel. It is humorous, engaging, sad, and thought provoking.

The world of Feed is a logical extension of U.S. technological and cultural progress, to the point where the oceans are completely dead, everything is privatized, and people are continuously tapped into the Feed through computers surgically implanted in their heads. And everything goes on as normal.

Feed FeedM. T. Anderson; Candlewick Press 2002

Review of The Decision To Use The Atomic Bomb

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

The Decision To Use The Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth by Gar Alperovitz is a well-documented, in-depth, sobering look at both the decision of the United States of America to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the subsequent lies and distortions used to justify the decision and form the official mythology that continues to maintain a hold on the popular U.S. consciousness.  It is a book about humans conspiring together to carry out and justify the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of other humans.  A serious history book for serious historians, the book clocks in at about 670 pages of text and about 110 pages of footnotes and is an exhaustive study of relevant documentation available at the time of publication (1995).

Brief (simplistic) summary:  the use of the atomic bomb was not a military necessity to end the war between the U.S. and Japan, was not the prime cause of Japan’s surrender, and did not hasten the end of the war.

The decision to use the atomic bomb and the architecture of an American myth The decision to use the atomic bomb and the architecture of an American mythGar Alperovitz; Knopf 1995

Review of Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee

Saturday, June 14th, 2008

Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: an Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown tells the story of the “American West” during the years 1860 through 1890. It is a story of greed, conquest, imperialism, and genocide. It is a story of resistance. Originally published in 1970, and told largely through the voices of male warrior chiefs and warriors of the various American Indian tribes, the book presented and presents a stark contrast to some of the Great American Myths of the Wild West. Clearly still relevant today, the discussions that took place within and between the various tribes illuminate the dynamics and potentials of peoples dealing with colonial powers that want to eat up all their land.

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee Bury my heart at Wounded Knee: an Indian history of the American WestDee Alexander Brown; H. Holt 1991