Political Philosophy Reading Group: de Tocqueville – Feb 20, 2016 at 12 PM

de Tocqueville - Political Philosophy Reading Group - Feb 2016

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Join the Political Philosophy Reading Group for civil and deep discussion of political ideas.

In our first meeting, we will discuss exerts from Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America.  Are Tocqueville’s observations about  American democracy still valid today?  Contribute your answers Saturday Feb 20th, 12 PM at Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights.

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Reading by Moonlight – January 2016

All about L A - Reading by Moonlight - January 2016

This month, Reading by Moonlight is all about L A

This month, it’s all about L. A.  In the January 2016 episode of Reading by Moonlight, David Kipen discusses new non-fiction, either about Los Angeles or by writers with roots in Los Angeles.

This months literary picks:

  • Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles by John Mack Faragher
  • I Heart Obama by Erin Aubry Kaplan
  • Breakthrough: The Making of the America’s First Woman President by Nancy L. Cohen
David Kipen - Founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights

David Kipen, founder of Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles

Upcoming literary events:

There are some great events for aspiring writers at UC Riverside later this week.  Including a talk by Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrara, February 2nd at 7 PM.  Details here.

Want more?

Read the full article on the SCPR website or listen to an excerpt from the original Take Two segment, which aired on KPCC.

Director’s Letter – December 2015

Libros Schmibros on Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights - near Metro Gold Line

Hi, it’s me, David Kipen from the Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights. Unless I’m mistaken, at some point over the last five years you did Libros the honor of joining our mailing list, and I promise not to make you regret it now.

In case you haven’t checked in on us lately, we’re still mostly the same Libros we’ve always been. Four years ago we moved a few blocks, so we’re right on top of the Mariachi Plaza Gold Line Station now, but Boyle Heights is still home. We also phased out bookselling in favor of a nonprofit membership model, partly to reassure any skeptics that practically giving good books away is nobody’s idea of a get-rich-quick scheme.

Beyond all that, people still walk into Libros Schmibros looking for a little conviviality and a good book to keep, just like always. Provided you’ve got a few minutes every couple-three months, I figured I’d experiment with a kind of director’s letter, just to stay in touch and catch you up on some of the things Libros is doing lately.  Continue reading

Reading By Moonlight – Nov 2015

David Kipen dishes the good reads for Reading by Moonlight November 2015

Listen here:  Reading by Moonlight – November 2015 – Take Two

If you’re looking for something to read when you’re chowing down on those Thanksgiving leftovers, David Kipen of the Libros Schmibros Lending Library has these recommendations:

— This content originally appeared on SCPR.org

Reading by Moonlight – October 2015

…It’s time for our favorite segment on books we call Reading by Moonlight.

David Kipen of the Libros Schmibros Lending Library in Boyle Heights dropped by to talk about all this and more.

Boo, no audio! - Reading by Moonlight - October 2015No audio this month.

This content originally appeared on KPCC.  View this episode on SCPR.org