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Tipping the Sacred Cow: The Best of LiP: Informed Revolt, 19962007 [Paperback]

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Item description for Tipping the Sacred Cow: The Best of LiP: Informed Revolt, 19962007 by Brian Awehali...

Tipping the Sacred Cow is a flabbergastingly refreshing smarty-pants collection of iconoclastic politics, culture, sex, and humor culled from the uncompromising, eclectic, and frequently laugh-out-loud pages of LiP Magazine. Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz describes LiP as "Marvelous! . . . Witty, but substantial . . . there's simply nothing that comes close to it in the culture today."

Gleefully skewering shibboleths across the political continuum, the radical brain trust gathered here by editor Brian Awehali takes critical aim at everything from women-first feminism, green capitalism, and queer assimilation and gay marriage as participatory patriarchy, to the uses and abuses of shoplifting, the currently fashionable cult of catastrophism, and the prefabrication of political speech. Between broadsides, stops are made for a lively community flag burning, intentionally comedic genderqueer erotica, and other items of pointed mirth.

Contributors include Lisa Jervis, Winona LaDuke, Tim Wise, Heather Rogers, Iain Boal, Mattilda a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore, Neal Pollack, Guillermo Gmez-Pea, Michael Eric Dyson, damali ayo, Tim Kreider, Christopher Hitchens, and Mary Roach, among others.

Brian Awehali is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in or on, Z Magazine, AlterNet, Tikkun, The Black World Today, and High Times. He is a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, but makes his home in Oakland, California. Under his editorial guidance, LiP garnered a host of awards and nominations, including Best Online Cultural Coverage and Best New Title from Utne, People's Choice from South by Southwest, Best Magazine from Clamor Magazine, Best Political Magazine from East Bay Express, and two Project Censored selections.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   AK Press
ISBN  1904859739  
ISBN13  9781904859734  

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More About Brian Awehali

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brian Awehali founded and edited the award-winning political magazine, LiP. A former editor for, his work has appeared in or on Z Magazine, Alternet, Tikkun, The Black World Today, ColorsNW (Seattle), the Santa Fe New Mexican, and High Times. He's been recognized with a 2003 award from the Washington State Society of Professional Journalists.

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Refreshing  Jan 27, 2008
This book was both thought provoking and entertaining. It is full of quirky articles and stories, impassioned and intelligent writing and interesting interviews. I enjoyed that it dares to be more radical than a lot of what I read and yet for the most part is also very informed and well written. I agreed with many of the articles, disagreed with a few, but was delighted regardless to find authors not afraid to voice controversial views that shook up my beliefs, confirmed what I myself feel, or shed light on a new way of looking at things. My only complaint is that for being called "The Sacred Cow" I sometimes felt like their was a tinge of a "little holier than thou" in that I at times felt like if I met a few of these authors they would scorn me for not being radical enough. (Maybe that is just my own insecurity talking, though.) Regardless, books with alternative views are much needed and this one has the additional bonus of being very fun to read.
A joyful celebration of left libertarian discourse!  Oct 27, 2007
Smart, funny, deeply imaginative, and highly informative, "Tipping the Sacred Cow" is a brilliant anthology of radical essays exploring a broad range of political topics like queer liberation, Native American rights, feminism, ecology, hip hop, the Zapatistas, and much, much more. While I loved all the excellent articles and interviews in this book, I especially enjoyed the essay by Lisa Jervis on the need for the mainstream feminist movement to overcome its gender essentialism and biological determinism and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's fabulous essay about gay assimilation and gay marriage being forms of "participatory patriarchy". I also really appreciated Jennifer Whitney's insightful essay on the problems with Indymedia, the interview with Vandana Shiva about biotechnology, democracy, and the privatization of water, the fascinating interview with the feminist Jessica Giordani about the health risks associated with the carcinogenic toxins used in the manufacture of sex toys, and the interview with the activist film-maker Heather Rogers about the politics of garbage. This book also includes a truly profound essay by the American Indian/Green Party activist Winona LaDuke. Thought-provoking, humorous, refreshing, and subversive, this is yet again another wonderful book from the folks of AK Press. Besides, how can one help but fall in love with a book that includes both genderqueer erotica and anti-capitalist analysis?!!

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