The Iconoclast in Me: 5 Books for the Radical and the Damned

April 3 2014
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Acclaimed author Cara Hoffman grew up reading Samuel Beckett. She was drawn to Beckett’s ingenuity and disregard for literary tradition. In that spirit,  Hoffman provides Off the Shelf with five iconoclastic classics.

Errantry
by Elizabeth Hand

No one is innocent, no one unexamined in award-winner Elizabeth Hand's story collection. From the summer isles to the mysterious people next door all the way to the odd guy one cubicle over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life.

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Errantry
Elizabeth Hand

No one is innocent, no one unexamined in award-winner Elizabeth Hand's story collection. From the summer isles to the mysterious people next door all the way to the odd guy one cubicle over, Hand teases apart the dark strangenesses of everyday life.

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Tender Buttons
by Gertrude Stein

Before becoming the patron of Lost Generation artists, Gertrude Stein established her reputation as an innovative author whose style was closer to painting than literature.

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Tender Buttons
Gertrude Stein

Before becoming the patron of Lost Generation artists, Gertrude Stein established her reputation as an innovative author whose style was closer to painting than literature.

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A Little Matter of Genocide
by Ward Churchill

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues in North America. Here, he explores the history of holocaust and denial in this hemisphere, beginning with the arrival of Columbus and continuing on into the present.

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A Little Matter of Genocide
Ward Churchill

Ward Churchill has achieved an unparalleled reputation as a scholar-activist and analyst of indigenous issues in North America. Here, he explores the history of holocaust and denial in this hemisphere, beginning with the arrival of Columbus and continuing on into the present.

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By Sara Roncero-Menendez | February 22, 2021

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By Holly Claytor | February 19, 2021

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From A to X
by John Berger

In the dusty, ramshackle town of Suse lives A’ida. Her insurgent husband Xavier has been imprisoned. Resolute, sensuous and tender, A’ida’s letters to the man she loves tell of daily events in the town, and of its motley collection of inhabitants whose lives flow through hers. But the town is under threat.

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From A to X
John Berger

In the dusty, ramshackle town of Suse lives A’ida. Her insurgent husband Xavier has been imprisoned. Resolute, sensuous and tender, A’ida’s letters to the man she loves tell of daily events in the town, and of its motley collection of inhabitants whose lives flow through hers. But the town is under threat.

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By Alice Martin | February 23, 2021

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By Sara Roncero-Menendez | February 22, 2021

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By Holly Claytor | February 19, 2021

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Close to the Knives
by David Wojnarowicz

From the author's violent childhood in suburbia to eventual homelessness on the streets and piers of New York City, to recognition as one of the most provocative artists of his generation -- Close to the Knives is his powerful and iconoclastic memoir.

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Close to the Knives
David Wojnarowicz

From the author's violent childhood in suburbia to eventual homelessness on the streets and piers of New York City, to recognition as one of the most provocative artists of his generation -- Close to the Knives is his powerful and iconoclastic memoir.

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A Profound Historical Novel about Slavery, Sacrifice, and Survival

By Holly Claytor | February 19, 2021

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By Sarah Woodruff | February 18, 2021

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