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Superhero Thought Experiments: Comic Book Philosophy

If you had an inkling of doubt that the comic book/graphic novel medium was overly simplistic, Chris Gavaler and Nathaniel Goldberg dispel that notion. These authors demonstrate with clarity that comics, like all languaging, depend on complex structures and narratology.

Gavaler and Goldberg take a deep dive into the philosophical motivations behind well-known characters, complete with a variety of examples and support from original texts. I recommend this book as a helpful support for courses focused on literacy, graphic novels, and even philosophy.

Teaching When the World Is on Fire

Essential, important, and well-organized. Teaching When the World is on Fire is an assembly of well-positioned voices, speaking on a range of topics. This text is a must for teachers of any experience or skill level.

Delpit, alongside the authors in this volume, pose questions we must consider as educators and as thoughtful humans. These essays, sometimes short, are entrees to larger conversations and each one contains well-placed ideas to transform thinking and practice for the better.

Call a Wolf a Wolf is simply amazing poetry. I have arranged it for this blog post with two academic books, but the text is just as rich and deep as any I have encountered. Kaveh Akbar establishes that he is a poet with unique voice, perspective, and talent.

What stands out to me most is the way Akbar can take visceral images and pair them with beautiful ones. The effect is haunting, and the work is compelling. A collection of poetry worth sharing and with title after title of jarring reflection.

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