Archives For Chris Hedges

 

Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

  

Healing Our Broken Humanity: Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim /
Graham Hill

*** WATCH an intro video for this book…
  

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Chris Hedges , Joe Sacco - Days of DestructionNot a Half-Loaf, But A Revolution?

A Feature Review of

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco

Hardback: Nation Books, 2012.
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Reviewed By Jess Hale

The political conventions of the current political season have finished and I drive by a battered urban neighborhood.  As I drive, Joe Sacco’s poignant illustration’s of Camden, New Jersey and Chris Hedges’ lacerating prose come to mind. Carefully planned symbol-laden pictures and evocative political rhetoric juxtapose themselves with powerful reporting and images of Hedges and Sacco’s new book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.   These authors take their readers on a gut-wrenching trip that begins with Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Reservation and ends in the Occupy movement’s Zuccotti Park in New York City. As tour guides of a definitely different kind, Hedges and Sacco will introduce one to Joe Balzano, Verlyn Long Wolf,  Lolly Davis, Don Paquito, and John Friesen, instead of to aspiring national politicians.

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Our Book Trailer Video of the week…
A new graphic novel on the effects of corporate greed…

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Chris Hedges / Joe Sacco.

Hardback: The Nation Books, 2012.
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Looking forward to reviewing this book in the near future!





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“The Cult of Self and
The Tyranny of Illusion”

A Review of
Empire of Illusion:
The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

by Chris Hedges.

 Reviewed by Brent Aldrich.

 

Empire of Illusion:
The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.

Chris Hedges.

Hardback: Nation Books, 2009.
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Susan Sontag’s seminal 1973 book On Photography begins in Plato’s cave, “still reveling, [humankind’s] age-old habit, in mere images of the truth. But being educated by photographs is not like being educated by older, more artisanal images.” She continues, “By furnishing the already crowded world with a duplicate one of images, photography makes us feel that the world is more available than it really is. Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.” Similarly, Chris Hedges begins his new book Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle – after a visit to the World Wrestling Entertainment ring – back in Plato’s cave, “chained to the flickering shadows of celebrity culture, the spectacle of the arena and the airwaves, the lies of advertising, the endless personal dramas, many of them completely fictional, that have become the staple of news, celebrity gossip New Age mysticism, and pop psychology” (15). It is the replacement of reality with illusion, and the inability to see beyond the illusion that dominates Empire of Illusion.

    Divided into five chapters, the Illusions of Literacy, Love, Wisdom, Happiness, and America narrate what reads like many social constructivist or ‘society of spectacle’ critiques of the last several decades, although Hedges places these illusory experiences right in the middle of our current politics, economics and entertainment. And it would seem the illusions are easier to come by than reality itself, as many other writers – such as Wendell Berry or Neil Postman (both alluded to by Hedges here) have described in various works over the years. It is, however, Sontag’s essays on photography that I keep returning to as a framework for contextualizing the dismal images Hedges cites as indications of the disintegration of reality. Continue Reading…

 

With more than a little irony, we offer you an excellent video interview which introduces Chris Hedges’ new book Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle.  We will feature a review of this book in Vol. 2 #35, due out September 4.

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