One evening, I headed down First Avenue, crossed Houston Street and joined the sea of groovy downtown dwellers, diners, hawkers, gawkers and creatively-frocked folk. l crave the radical vibe of the Lower East Side especially after dark. The streets are teeming with feistiness, grit, creativity and a quirky, counter-culture energy!
First stop: BlueStockings
I can’t resist it. Bluestockings‘ funky, literary bohemian aura always draws me into its bosom. It’s my kind of place.
Bluestockings describes itself as…
“…a radical bookstore, fair trade cafe and activist center
in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Through words, art, food activism, education, and community,
we strive to create a space that welcomes and empowers all people.
We seek to make our space and resources available
to movements for meetings, events, and research.
We also offer educational programming that promotes centered, strategic,
and visionary thinking, towards the realization of a society that is
infinitely creative, truly democratic, equitable, ecological, and free.”
At Bluestockings, you are more than likely to find many independently-published titles that you won’t find in most mainstream bookstores, so I love to spend hours browsing their shelves and reading snippets of books that interest me while sipping a cup of tea. A casual atmosphere, friendly staff and an a sprinkling of tables, chairs and benches, beckons you to hang out as long as you want.
Tonight a small but fervent crowd gathered for a reading and lively discussion of “Future Primal: How Our Wilderness Origins Show Us the Way Forward” by author, Louis G. Herman.
Herman, whose book asks the question–”How should we respond to the converging crises of violent conflict, political corruption, and global ecological devastation?”– was born in an orthodox Jewish community in apartheid South Africa, studied medicine at Cambridge University, and is now a professor of political science at the University of Hawaii-West O’ahu.
In his book, Louis G. Herman offers the compelling argument that:
“…for us to create a sustainable, fulfilling future, we need to first look back
into our deepest past to recover our core humanity…we draw
from the experience of earth-based cultures
and weave their wisdom together with the scientific story
of an evolving universe to help create something
radically new–an earth-centered, planetary politics
with the personal truth at its heart.”
Upcoming events include:
If you visit Bluestockings once, you will definitely come back for more. It’s the kind of small, old-fashioned bookstore you’ll want to make your home.
To stay connected to their regularly-scheduled lineup of readings and special events, go to their website and join their email list.
172 Allen Street
New York, N.Y. 10003
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