Alex's Picks

Alex joined the Malaprop's team in June 2018. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015 with an English B.A. and an interdisciplinary minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. In 2016 he relocated to Asheville and has been here since.

When he isn't selling books, he plays saxophone in a band with his housemates, has a music project of his own, and DJs regularly. He also writes for a music webzine and works nights at a local music venue.

 

 

Books: 
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250178268
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - April 16th, 2019

If you are going to read one non-fiction book this year, it needs to be this one. Veteran environmentalist Bill Mckibben makes it painfully clear that there is no 21st century issue that comes close in importance and urgency than global warming (I join theorist Timothy Morton in his refusal to “call it climate change - the globe is literally heating up because of greenhouse gases.”) From flooding to drought to forest fires to refugee crises to military conflict to food shortages, Mckibben makes it apparent that we have a lot to worry about. And we are not worrying enough.

   Though the global warming discussion is the standout part of the book, Mckibben also makes a compelling case against AI/Machine learning & human genetic engineering (the latter of which, Mckibbon explains, will further exacerbate inequality & lead to a “genetically elite” class of humans).

  Falter is frightening, and rightly so. But Mckibben does offer a glimpse of hope in the final chapters; although he is not optimistic about our future, he contends that we still have some time to prepare for (and maybe prevent) the worst to come. But the clock is ticking, and fast.


The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525576709
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 19th, 2019

Climate change is not just one among many political/economic issues we should concern ourselves with today. Rather, it should be thought of as the political/economic issue of our age, an umbrella under which all other issues - socioeconomic, political, humanitarian, etc.- inevitably and increasingly fall. Even in the first few pages, Wallace-Wells makes it evident that it is, in fact, “worse, much worse” than you think. That a significant number of politicians and leaders don’t recognize climate change as a legitimate threat is both laughable and demonstrably unfounded. Whether or not we decide to recognize and (attempt to) prepare for the destruction climate change will undoubtedly bring (and is already bringing), it is coming, and coming fast.


Though he offers a dearth of evidence and facts, this is not a scientific book written by an environmentalist or climate scientist. Rather, it’s a book about what will happen - often, what is going to happen - to civilization in the age of climate change. Without sugarcoating the truth, Wallace-Wells lays out quite plainly that we need to prepare - and fast - for what’s coming.


K-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher Cover Image
By Mark Fisher, Darren Ambrose (Editor), Simon Reynolds (Foreword by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781912248285
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Published: Repeater - November 13th, 2018

K-Punk collects the writings of the late Mark Fisher, an acclaimed (if lesser-known) political activist, critic, publisher, cultural theorist, & lecturer. He rose to prominence with his seminal blog k-punk, one among a handful of early 2000s music & culture-oriented blogs that operated as a conduit for autodidacts, independent researchers, and estranged/disillusioned academics to channel theory and criticism free of bureaucratic & capitalistic influence. Fisher wrote extensively & became an authority on many pioneering subjects including capitalist realism, a critical framework Fisher used to explore capitalism’s oppressive influence on public thought, mental health, & politics. His succinct & accessible writing style belies the complexity of the ideas he explored, & he often used his platform to challenge the nepotism, pretentiousness & exclusivity of academia and forward-thinking art.

 

“Fisher wrote obsessively [...] about his totems: Kubrick’s films; the glam artpop of Roxy Music, Japan, and Grace Jones; the eldritch visions of Joy Division and the Fall; darkside jungle pioneers such as Rufige Kru and more recent post-rave touchstones including ghostly dubstep genius Burial [....]Drawn to the bleak and uncompromising, Fisher was too sharp to fall into knee-jerk opposition to pop, and celebrated Rihanna, Girls Aloud, Róisín Murphy and other chart stars.”

-Simon Reynolds, friend & fellow writer


The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544947108
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Published: Mariner Books - April 18th, 2017

A Little Life Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804172707
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Published: Anchor - January 26th, 2016

Capital in the Twenty-First Century Cover Image
$20.50
ISBN: 9780674979857
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Published: Belknap Press - August 14th, 2017

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143127741
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Published: Penguin Books - September 8th, 2015

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By Night in Chile Cover Image
By Roberto Bolano, Chris Andrews (Translator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9780811215473
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - December 17th, 2003

It All Adds Up: From the Dim Past to the Uncertain Future Cover Image
By Saul Bellow, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt (Introduction by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780143106685
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 5th, 2018

Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780060899226
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Published: Ecco - January 9th, 2007

Letters to a Young Poet Cover Image
By Rainer Maria Rilke, Mark Harman (Translator)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780674052451
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 18th, 2011

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Middlemarch Cover Image
By George Eliot, Rosemary Ashton (Editor), Rosemary Ashton (Introduction by), Rosemary Ashton (Notes by)
$12.00
ISBN: 9780141439549
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Published: Penguin Classics - March 25th, 2003

Inadvertent (Why I Write) Cover Image
By Karl Ove Knausgaard, Ingvild Burkey (Translated by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780300221510
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Published: Yale University Press - September 4th, 2018

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A Time for Everything Cover Image
By Karl Ove Knausgaard, James Anderson (Translated by)
$22.00
ISBN: 9780980033083
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Published: Archipelago - November 20th, 2009

The Latest Winter Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781786994691
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Published: Zed Books - September 15th, 2018