John Toren and Matt Schuth
Thursday August 12, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
This event will be streamed via Crowdcast. Register here to attend!
About Cabin in the City:
Cabin in the City takes its title from the introductory essay, in which the author describes the house where he and his wife, Hilary, have lived for more than thirty years, near a parkland corridor running for several miles on the western edge of Minneapolis. The essays that follow describe day-to-day events at home—the seasons, the sky, the garden, the passing deer, the trees, the birds, and the sounds of the night—and forays into town to farmers' markets, galleries, parks, and cafés. From snowy owls to locust petals, from Ice Shanty Villages to Bastille Day bicycle trips, Toren conjures a life of small delights shared with family, friends, and an assortment of interesting characters met along the road.
About Nature at Our Doorstep:
Naturalist Matt Schuth provides solid information about birds trees insects and other aspects of the natural world enlivened by personal experience homespun humor myth and folklore and deep respect for the rural past. Reading the book is like going on a walk with a good friend who happens to be an expert observer of the natural world.
John Toren has been involved in many aspects of the publishing world in the course of his career. His essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in a variety of regional and national publications, including the History Channel Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, Rain Taxi, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He has received an Utne Independent Press Award for general excellence and two book-design awards from the Midwest Independent Publisher's Association. He is the author of the popular The Seven States of Minnesota, now in its third printing, and five other books. He teaches classes regularly about geography and jazz in the University of Minnesota's Osher Lifetime Learning program. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Matt Schuth grew up on a farm near Wabasha Minnesota on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi. He has worked in various capacities at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum since 1982 managing maple syrup production working on wetland projects with graduate students helping to prepare and maintain research plots setting up bluebird trails wood duck houses and osprey nests and keeping track of bird mammal and butterfly sightings at the Arboretum. He continues to write about the natural world for the Arboretum Magazine and to conduct nature walks and talks throughout the year.
IN-PERSON: Patrick Nathan for "Image Control" in conversation with Chris Stedman
Tuesday August 17, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
SubText Books is pleased to present the launch event for Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist by Patrick Nathan on Tuesday, August 17th at 7:00 PM. Nathan will be in conversation with Chris Stedman, author of IRL.
This event will take place in the bookstore and will be simultaneously livestreamed. Tickets are required for both the livestream and in-person event:
If you would like to purchase an additional copy of Image Control, or if you are tuning in virtually and would like to purchase a signed copy of Image Control to be shipped, you can do so here.
*The $5 virtual ticket is good for $5 off a future purchase in-store or online. You will be emailed the coupon code after registering.
Susan Sontag meets Hanif Abdurraqib in this fascinating exploration of the unexpected connections between how we consume images and the insidious nature of Fascism.
Images come at us quickly, often without context. A photograph of Syrian children suffering in the wake of a chemical attack segues into a stranger’s pristine Instagram selfie. Before we can react to either, a new meme induces an LOL and a share. While such constant give and take might seem innocent, even entertaining, this barrage of content numbs our ability to examine critically how the world, broken down into images, affects us. Images without context isolate us, turning everything we experience into mere transactions. It is exactly this alienation that leaves us vulnerable to fascism—a reactionary politics that is destroying not only our lives and our nations, but also the planet’s very ability to sustain human civilization.
Who gets to control the media we consume? Can we intervene, or at least mitigate the influence of constant content? Mixing personal anecdotes with historical and political criticism, Image Control explores art, social media, photography, and other visual mediums to understand how our culture and our actions are manipulated, all the while building toward the idea that if fascism emerges as aesthetics, then so too can anti-fascism. Learning how to ethically engage with the world around us is the first line of defense we have against the forces threatening to tear that world apart.
Meghan O'Gieblyn in conversation with Chris Stedman
Wednesday September 01, 2021 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
This free event will be streamed via Crowdcast. Register here to attend!
A strikingly original exploration of what it might mean to be authentically human in the age of artificial intelligence, from the author of the critically-acclaimed Interior States.
"Meghan O’Gieblyn is a brilliant and humble philosopher, and her book is an explosively thought-provoking, candidly personal ride I wished never to end. . .This book is such an original synthesis of ideas and disclosures. It introduces what will soon be called the O’Gieblyn genre of essay writing.” --Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock
For most of human history the world was a magical and enchanted place ruled by forces beyond our understanding. The rise of science and Descartes's division of mind from world made materialism our ruling paradigm, in the process asking whether our own consciousness--i.e., souls--might be illusions. Now the inexorable rise of technology, with artificial intelligences that surpass our comprehension and control, and the spread of digital metaphors for self-understanding, the core questions of existence--identity, knowledge, the very nature and purpose of life itself--urgently require rethinking.
Meghan O'Gieblyn tackles this challenge with philosophical rigor, intellectual reach, essayistic verve, refreshing originality, and an ironic sense of contradiction. She draws deeply and sometimes humorously from her own personal experience as a formerly religious believer still haunted by questions of faith, and she serves as the best possible guide to navigating the territory we are all entering.
MEGHAN O'GIEBLYN is the author of the essay collection Interior States, which was published to wide acclaim and won the Believer Book Award for Nonfiction. Her writing has received three Pushcart Prizes and appeared in The Best American Essays anthology. She writes essays and features for Harper's Magazine, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Wired, The New York Times, and elsewhere. She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
CHRIS STEDMAN is a Minneapolis-based writer, speaker, and professor who currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University. He is the author of IRL and Faitheist, and his new narrative podcast with iHeartRadio, Unread, premieres June 10, 2021. Chris has written for publications including The Guardian, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Pitchfork, VICE, The Rumpus, The LA Review of Books, LitHub, Catapult, and The Washington Post. He was previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, as well as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. To learn more, visit chrisstedmanwriter.com.