Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Book of the week

One of those delightfully odd things I run across occasionally at work. From the back cover:

"From B.B. King to Billie Holliday, blues music not only sounds good but has an almost universal appeal in its reflection of the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Its ability to powerfully touch on a range of social and emotional issues is philosophically inspiring, and here a diverse range of thinkers and musicians offer illuminating essays that make important connections between the human condition and the blues.

"So, if nobody loves you but your Momma, open the pages and explore:
- Blues and the human condition
- Women and the blues
- Why it can feel so good to feel so blue
- The transformation of trauma and loss in the blues
- Whether whites ripped off the blues"

This book is but the latest volume in the heretofore unknown-to-me "Philosophy for Everyone" series. Other intriguing titles include Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone: Better Than a Lump of Coal and Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing.

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