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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (43 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Curtis White Narrator: Walter E. Phelps Publisher: Polity Audio LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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How shall we live? The answer to this question examines our culture's attitudes toward free time, home, and food. Are corporate profits really the measure of success? Are increasingly long work hours productive of happiness and satisfaction? Can we lead lives devoid of spirituality?

With his trademark intelligence and humor, Curtis White argues that the American left needs a new and compelling spiritual basis for its politics, and that its seeds can be discovered in Thoreau's spiritual politics of refusal and a return to human fundamentals especially work, home, and food. Along the way, White offers a shrewd reading of the cult classic film Office Space, a scathing critique of Bill Maher's political comedy, and other acerbic cultural commentary. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joe | 1/25/2012

    " It is as if someone dumped a years worth of peg words from our media discourse and attempted to knit it into something about disobedience. Seems contrived. Curtis admits in one chapter that he is, in spite of all appearances, a holy whore. My hat off to that, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tiffany | 9/28/2011

    " Although I thought some of the arguments at the beginning of this book bordered on obnoxious, White ultimately works through some big realities and makes an important case for a return to (or, rather, a reenvisioning of) community life and the joys that come with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bill Viall | 2/24/2011

    " This is the best book I've read this year. This fellow is really great. Deeper than the usual songs to the quire. White is a clear, compelling voice for the sentient life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott | 6/6/2010

    " Another great book by White. reads like a series of essays "

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About the Author
Author Curtis White

Curtis White is the author of the novels Memories of My Father Watching TV and Requiem. A widely acclaimed essayist, he has had work appear in Harper’s Magazine, Context, Lapham’s Quarterly, Orion, and Playboy. His book The Middle Mind: Why Americans Don’t Think for Themselves was an international bestseller in 2003.