Workers of the world/readers unite! This May Day, we’ve collected some excellent fiction and nonfiction related to economic justice (plus a very handsome tote) at an affordable price. Sure, it’s not quite the same as taking a baseball bat to office equipment, but it’s still a lot of fun.
Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
Replace your little red book with a big one is what we always say. Graeber’s fascinating of history of the evolution of debt investigates one of man’s oldest constructs from its purely moral implication prior to the invention of money all the way to its institutionalization in the modern world. Dubbed the “Anti-Leader” of OWS for his foundational role in the movement, Graeber helped launch a movement that has succeeded where so many have faltered in the past and Debt has quickly proven to be one of the most important nonfiction titles in quite some time. (Read more about the book HERE.)
Bartleby, The Scrivener by Herman Melville
We’re including the most popular title from our Art of The Novella line (which is where the phrase on our tote comes from) because, well this is where it all began, 29 years before the Haymarket affair. In order to answer the question of WWBD (What would Bartleby do?) you must first know what Bartleby did, right? Remember, it’s all about the preference. (Read more about the book HERE.)
May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald
How could we resist? May Day is the rawest political commentary Fitzgerald ever wrote, and one of the most desperate works in his oeuvre. It is a tale of the brutalities of the American class system—of privileged college boys, soldiers returned from a bloody war, and a group of intellectual leftwing journalists, all coming into confrontation in the heart of New York City on May Day at the end of World War I. (Read more about the book HERE.)
The Bartleby Bag
This chic tote sports the infamous words of Wall Street’s first rebel, Bartleby the Scrivener, who proclaimed once and for all that, “I would prefer not to” be a part of your materialistic society. The bag is great for stowing a Guy Fawkes mask or a few cans of spray paint (for making signs of course) while doubling as an instant declaration of your intentions. For a larger list of potential objects you can carry in your Bartlebag you can go HERE.
In sum that’s three books and a tote bag—a $64 value—for the low, low price of $40. A savings of $24 for those of you out there that keep track of such things.