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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."

from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Want to Be Great: Boss


Title: Bruce
By: Peter Arnes Carlin

Bruce is a new biography of singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen by Peter Ames Carlin, author of Paul McCartney:a life.

The book concentrates on the difference between Springsteen and many other musicians: from Steel Mill to E Street Band, he has been a true cultural and working-class icon, deep-rooted in his native New Jersey. His early musical career was driven by determination to avoid his father's fate, but his aim eventually became to be “More than rich, more than famous, more than happy, I want to be great.” Needless to say, it has not been an easy path. But Rolling Stone ranks him No. 1 of 50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now for his superhuman levels of energy and ability to touch, move, and inspire audiences. Albums such as Born in the USA (1984) and Born to Run (1975) reflect his times and feature working-class characters. His River (1980) touches upon teenage pregnancy issues with a dissection of his sister's life; Streets of Philadelphia (2002) deals with HIV/AIDS.

As SCPL has purchased Bruce in both book and audio/digital formats, interested readers are able to gain another dimension: the vivid dual performance by the author and narrator Bobby Cannavale.

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Posted by Hui-Lan on Aug. 22, 2013 at 8:17 a.m.


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