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Editorial Content for The Age of Selfishness: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis

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Matthew Burbridge

Darryl Cunningham starts his analysis of the 2008 financial crisis from what is considered its philosophical source. THE AGE OF SELFISHNESS: Ayn Rand, Morality, and the Financial Crisis, covers everything in its title and more. Cunningham opens things up with a concise biography of Ayn Rand, whose life, influences and writings make up the bulk of the book’s first part. I’m no expert on Rand or her writings, but the opening section does well in keeping the breakdown on her background fair and even-tempered. Read More

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Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the U.S. and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies, starting with her most noted disciple, economist Alan Greenspan (former chairman of the Federal Reserve).

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Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the U.S. and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies, starting with her most noted disciple, economist Alan Greenspan (former chairman of the Federal Reserve).

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Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of graphic-nonfiction investigation leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the U.S. and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies, starting with her most noted disciple, economist Alan Greenspan (former chairman of the Federal Reserve). Cunningham also shows how right-wing conservatives, libertarians and the Tea Party movement have co-opted Rand’s teachings (and inherent contradictions) to promote personal gain and profit at the expense of the middle class. Tackling the complexities of economics by distilling them down to a series of concepts accessible to all age groups, Cunningham ultimately delivers a devastating analysis of our current economic world.

Christian Hageseth is the CEO of the Denver, Colorado, firm Green Man Cannabis and the author of BIG WEED: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Trade, which is now available. According to Hageseth, the marijuana industry is on the brink of a revolution. Here, he explains how America’s perception of pot has changed since the ‘30s and why it’s high time we start taking the drug seriously.

Christian Hageseth

Christian Hageseth is the CEO of the Denver, Colorado, firm Green Man Cannabis and the author of BIG WEED: An Entrepreneur’s High-Stakes Adventures in the Budding Legal Marijuana Trade, out this week from Palgrave Macmillan, an imprint of St. Martin's Press.

This year's Eisner Awards nominations are in --- and, as anyone following the ups and downs of the comics world in 2014 surely knows by now, we're looking at quite a list. But let's not make much ado, even if it's about something (Happy Shakespeare Day!). Below are the series and books that will vie for Eisner fame in San Diego in July:  

Editorial Content for Last of the Sandwalkers

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Charles Payseur

Readers picking up LAST OF THE SANDWALKERS --- a graphic novel starring anthropomorphic bugs --- might expect a “cute” tale similar to the movies Antz or A Bug’s Life. However, this book manages to capture something rare --- the spirit of scientific curiosity and exploration merged seamlessly with a story of a family succeeding against incredible odds. It's a testament to the writer (and illustrator) that the rhetoric manages to be both educational and political but never overshadows what is an incredibly entertaining story. Read More

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Nestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization --- a civilization of beetles. In this bug's paradise, beetles write books, run restaurants, and even do scientific research. But not too much scientific research is allowed by the powerful elders, who guard a terrible secret about the world outside the shadow of the palm tree.

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Nestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization --- a civilization of beetles. In this bug's paradise, beetles write books, run restaurants, and even do scientific research. But not too much scientific research is allowed by the powerful elders, who guard a terrible secret about the world outside the shadow of the palm tree.

About the Book

Nestled in the grass under the big palm tree by the edge of the desert there is an entire civilization --- a civilization of beetles. In this bug's paradise, beetles write books, run restaurants, and even do scientific research. But not too much scientific research is allowed by the powerful elders, who guard a terrible secret about the world outside the shadow of the palm tree.

On a spectacular spring day in northern California, cosplayers, children, gamers and even a few Golden State Warrior fans lined up outside the San Jose Convention Center anxiously waiting for the doors to open at BigWow! Comicfest.

Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi is a writer, teacher and journalist living in New York City. From 1992-1998, he taught incarcerated teens on Rikers Island to read and write. That experience formed the basis of his ALA Award-winning novels RIKERS HIGH and BLACK AND WHITE. From 1999-2005, Paul taught teens in drug treatment programs, inspiring his ALA Award-winning novel ROOFTOP. As a journalist, Paul covers the sport of Thoroughbred racing for the national publication The Blood-Horse.

Editorial Content for Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir

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John Maher

Part of the pleasure in reading a Roz Chast cartoon is, paradoxically, that there often isn't a great deal of pleasure in it. The topics --- anxiety, shame, fear of death, dysfunctional relationships --- are too familiar for schadenfreude, too close to home to operate under that old adage that comedy equals tragedy plus time. The humor instead comes from the reader's self-awareness of this shared baggage: To some extent, every human is unable to avoid anxiety, shame and the like. Isn't that funny?  Read More

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In her first memoir, a 2014 National Book Award finalist, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

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In her first memoir, a 2014 National Book Award finalist, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

About the Book

#1 New York Times Bestseller

2014 National Book Award Finalist

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the “crazy closet” --- with predictable results --- the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' 70s, 80s and into their early 90s could no longer be deployed.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies --- an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades --- the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

Django Wexler

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research.  Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers and plays games of all sorts.