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Misanthropes Rarely Procreate

Author : John David Muth
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The theme of John David Muth's Misanthropes Rarely Procreate is summed up in his poem "He Assumed Incorrectly," when an obstetrician cousin suggests options to change the state of childlessness of the poem's narrator and his wife. Keen observations forged into razor-sharp social commentary make up this collection's poems that frame the contrarian response to the doctor's unsolicited advice. The collection is a life cycle of stirring tales from the poet's own family tree to his own desire to remain childless and upon his passing become a tree pod urn to ". . . become fertilizer / to propel its growth. / Can you see us now / as a fully grown oak or elm / bursting green every spring / for decades?" -Tony Gruenewald, Author of The Secret History of New Jersey If you write in the margins when you read, as I do, you will have picked up for yourself a two-for-one acquisition for your library which contains these wonderfully humorous and piercing poems, topics ranging from getting through the birth canal and beyond, gifts we are supposed to give each other across the years that say "I love you," such as the less than dramatic cotton and leather, a first christening after a trip involving the Long Island Railroad and comparing Babylon, Long Island to an incomplete hernia scar. He covers aging teenagers who should have stayed home on Halloween but couldn't resist one more round of trick-or-treat and, all the while, I'm jotting down things in the margins like Very smart stuff. I should try that. -Bob Rosenblum, Author of Reunion, first-prize winner in Ginsberg Poetry Contest, 2017 When John Muth invites you into his world, he hands you a mirror at the entrance. Once inside, you are transported on a sweeping journey from ancestral origins, through his life as a dedicated curmudgeon, all the way until after his demise. People annoy Muth, especially young people and most especially the folks who produce them and inflict them on others. Yet in all this distaste for much of the human race, there is a paradoxical streak of brightness named Glenda, John's godchild. She is "the only person under twenty-five that doesn't annoy me." He would take his godfatherly responsibilities with surprising seriousness, if her parents should happen to "murder each other over child support payments." Glenda accomplishes his redemption. Now, look into that mirror and see your bolder self in Muth. He's speaking the truths that you have realized but were too polite or timid to proclaim. -Ken Griggs, Pushcart Prize Nominee, cheese maker

African Communitarianism and the Misanthropic Argument for Anti Natalism

Author : Kirk Lougheed
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Anti-natalism is the provocative view that it is either always or almost always all-things-considered wrong to procreate. Philanthropic anti-natalist arguments say that procreation is always impermissible because of the harm done to individuals who are brought into existence. Misanthropic arguments, on the other hand, hold that procreation is usually impermissible given the harm that individuals will do once brought into existence. The main purpose of this short monograph is to demonstrate that David Benatar’s misanthropic argument for anti-natalism ought to be endorsed by any version of African Communitarianism. Not only that, but there are also resources in the African philosophical tradition that offer unique support for the argument. Given the emphasis that indigenous African worldviews place on the importance of procreation and the immediate family unit this result is highly surprising. This book marks the first attempt to bring anti-natalism into conversation with contemporary African ethics.

Dancing Mockingbird

Author : Steven Dale Davison
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In Dancing Mockingbird, Steven Davison conveys a vision of nature that is at once scientifically grounded and deeply personal. The poems of human love enfolded into his vivid responses to birds and trees, rivers and sand, reflect the sensory richness of the volume as a whole. Another special strength of his collection is Davison's ability to ground his intensely lyrical poems in the firm, spoken cadences of an authentic voice. This is a book to which I will return with pleasure. -Robert Pack, author of Reading the Mountains of Home and Imagining the Earth Steven Davison's Dancing Mockingbird is written by a poet who possesses a deep sense of spirituality. It is this spirituality, and a love for the natural world that give Davison his sense of place and meaning. Mockingbird is a canticle to nature and the ways it touches us. The poems are apocalyptic: "Oaks crash. Dunes drown, the shoreline reaches inland, flooding the decade's inner courts. Volcanoes belch. The planet's mantle quakes and splits. Cities meet their makers." The poems are intimate: "In sleep as deep as shadows of mountains are my dreams of you." Throughout, there is a beauty of language and imagery that made this collection a great pleasure to read. -John David Muth, author of Misanthropes Rarely Procreate There is candor here, and a close sensitivity to the wonders of our world-and hints of a world beyond that we do not know. The poems are sensual, and emit a willingness to share with us Steven's deep connections to our inter-connected beingness. -Judith McNally, author of Chopping without Chopping (micro-dialogues)

Debating Procreation

Author : David Benatar
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While procreation is ubiquitous, attention to the ethical issues involved in creating children is relatively rare. In Debating Procreation, David Benatar and David Wasserman take opposing views on this important question. David Benatar argues for the anti-natalist view that it is always wrong to bring new people into existence. He argues that coming into existence is always a serious harm and that even if it were not always so, the risk of serious harm is sufficiently great to make procreation wrong. In addition to these "philanthropic" arguments, he advances the "misanthropic" one that because humans are so defective and cause vast amounts of harm, it is wrong to create more of them. David Wasserman defends procreation against the anti-natalist challenge. He outlines a variety of moderate pro-natalist positions, which all see procreation as often permissible but never required. After criticizing the main anti-natalist arguments, he reviews those pronatalist positions. He argues that constraints on procreation are best understood in terms of the role morality of prospective parents, considers different views of that role morality, and argues for one that imposes only limited constraints based on the well-being of the future child. He then argues that the expected good of a future child and of the parent-child relationship can provide a strong justification for procreation in the face of expected adversities without giving individuals any moral reason to procreate

Energy Accounts

Author : Dan Willis
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How does one tell the story of energy production, use, or conservation in a manner sufficiently convincing to influence policy, behavior, and design? Energy Accounts explores potential answers to this question through compelling images, data visualizations, narratives, and other examples of accounting for energy. Organized into a collection containing both examples of best practices and critiques, this impressive array of projects and contributors combines text and graphic material to explore different representations of energy data. Including work from Kieran Timberlake, SHoP, AMO, Lateral Office, WOHA, and many more, the book boasts a unique graphic design which supports and enhances its role as a valuable resource for professionals and students in architecture, engineering, and urban design.

Laird s Promptory

Author : Charlton Laird
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Studies in Visual Communication

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