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More Than Things is a collection of essays on a variety of political, cultural, and literary issues, all linked by Margaret Randall’s attention to power: its use, misuse, and impact on how we live our lives. There are texts on sex, fashion, food, LGBT rights, automobiles, forgiving, women’s self-image, writing, books, and more. Two of the essays provide glimpses into present-day Cuba and Tunisia. She reflects on her family; her romantic partners; and the revolutionaries, writers, artists, and activists she has known personally and admired: Roque Dalton, Meridel LeSueur, and Haydée Santamaría.

Randall’s writings move in unexpected directions, evoked by the “things” and ideas in her life: objects picked up around the world, her children’s names, family heirlooms, artistic practices, dreams, poems, and memories. Elegantly weaving together the personal and the political, More Than Things is a tour de force by one of America’s most formidable and elegiac writers and political activists.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. 4
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Magical Seam
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Shaping My Words
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Things
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. Roque Dalton: Myth, Man, Martyr, and Poet Who Defined an Era
  2. pp. 19-49
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  1. Closing the Gap
  2. pp. 50-54
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  1. What’s in a Name?
  2. pp. 55-61
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  1. New Map of Wonder to Explore
  2. pp. 62-66
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  1. Horizon
  2. pp. 67-71
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  1. Sex
  2. pp. 72-88
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  1. Wheels
  2. pp. 89-98
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  1. Our Table
  2. pp. 99-108
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  1. What Am I Going to Wear?
  2. pp. 109-116
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  1. Do You Really Believe All That?
  2. pp. 117-130
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  1. The Courage It Takes
  2. pp. 131-142
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  1. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
  2. pp. 143-151
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  1. Lord Power
  2. pp. 152-163
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  1. There’s Plenty of Time for That Later
  2. pp. 164-173
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  1. What Are They Afraid Of?
  2. pp. 174-182
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  1. Too Late Because
  2. pp. 183-185
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  1. Keeping Us Safe
  2. pp. 186-191
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  1. Passports and Me
  2. pp. 192-203
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  1. Forgiver’s Dilemma
  2. pp. 204-214
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  1. Going Places
  2. pp. 215-228
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  1. Cuban Postcards
  2. pp. 229-250
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  1. Tunisian Postcards
  2. pp. 251-277
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  1. Goose Quill to Thought-Capture, Stopping at Books
  2. pp. 278-291
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  1. Coyote Grin
  2. pp. 292-297
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  1. “Star Built Memory,” Last Words of Meridel LeSueur
  2. pp. 298-307
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  1. Not for Myself
  2. pp. 308-312
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 313-322
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803246973
Related ISBN
9780803245907
MARC Record
OCLC
855504618
Pages
392
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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