Blog

Home / Blog
#RevolutionOfValues

#RevolutionOfValues

Bill, Bookstore, INCITE
--By Bill Kirchner   "We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered." “We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.” On April 4, 1967, exactly one year to the day before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech at Riverside Church in New York City in which he called for all concerned people to stand together, to…
Read More
Art That Helps Us Live

Art That Helps Us Live

Blog, Elaine, INCITE, Poetry
--by Elaine Schleiffer Elizabeth Lund recently reviewed Gregory Orr’s new A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry in the Washington Post, calling her review “Everything you ever wanted to know about poetry (but were afraid to ask)”. Orr writes that poetry “helps us live by expressing our experience and at the same time moving the experience a bit away from us—to the world of words, where it can be shaped or dramatized into meaning.” Big words for a diverse art form. And whether or not we all believe that an Instagram post from Rupi Kaur, an elegy from Christina Rossetti, a paragraph from CD Wright, or an image from Mary Ellen Solt help us to live, the discussion of who lives, and how they live, and what art speaks to…
Read More
Break The Ban: Sending Books to Prisoners

Break The Ban: Sending Books to Prisoners

Blog, Books, Books To Prisoners, Bookstore
--By Elaine Schleiffer   “The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.” —Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow (The New Press, 2012)   Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in Age of Colorblindness is an approachable, understandable book that exposes the racist, capitalist, and classist framework from which mass incarceration in our country grew. It has been widely praised, widely discussed, and widely taught. It is also generally pulled out of prison libraries, and New Jersey was the first state to attempt an outright ban of the book in all of its carceral institutions.   “As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd…
Read More
New year. Same mission. New books.

New year. Same mission. New books.

Blog, Books, Bookstore, New Releases, Suggested Reading
-- By Elaine Schleiffer Guide to Kulchur exists to amplify marginalized voices. Sometimes that means hosting workshops or building new programs, sometimes it means building relationships between community members and institutions, and sometimes it means getting books into the hands of the people who need them. Our bookstore now operates on a pay-what-you-can basis, because we want to actively remove barriers between our community and the literary arts. We know that reading is important at all stages of life—kids and adults alike need inspiration, creativity, and culture. We all need to see ourselves represented in the arts and culture we consume, and we can also rely on books to show us experiences and outcomes different from our own. Here are some forthcoming titles we’re excited to stock, sell, and read.…
Read More