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Mark Kingwell on THE WARY WATCHERS

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He predicted “megatechnics” vs. “biolivability.”

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Intuition, creativity, laughter, and élan vital.

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Education as social and economic emancipation.

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So talented, charismatic, and self-destructive!

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Mark Kingwell on OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET

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Consumer society robs us of political agency.

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Her startling vision has become the American vernacular.

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He made the choice to live deliberately.

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Auteur of the unforgettable fork-dance of dinner rolls.

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A beautifully conflicted Marxist intellectual.

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He could write to amuse… or irritate.

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Challenging power and preserving the environment.

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Life lessons and manhood-tutorials.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Poetry | 7 Comments
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Her slant rhymes were radically proto-modernist.

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Her thought-provoking speculative fiction is also terrific literature.

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He saw how institutions and apparatuses order daily life and desire.

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She defended an Aristotelian concept of human flourishing.

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He diagnosed “problems in living” — not mental illness.

Categories: HiLo Heroes, Poetry | 5 Comments
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Imaginative play that constructs a world available to experience.

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A portrait in vivid failure.

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He sketched the contours of postwar America’s new work idea.

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He is champagne — complete with hangover.

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Mark Kingwell on GILL SANS