. . . Freedom Song . . .

Freedom Song is the printing press and movie house for the new millennium. Generation X is joined by Gen Y, Gen Z, and the iGen, and though the Revolution still isn't Televised, it's more likely it will be shouted from the cyber mountaintops in 250 characters or less... Yet humanity is still facing the same age-old struggles: How and why do we love? How and why do we make war? What gives us happiness, and what brings pain? How can we change the world? And what does is mean to be free? Consider the moment that you first knew you had freedom: perhaps you realized it when you were no longer free. These are the books and films that will shake you into consciousness and provide you with a platform to rock the boat.

WORKING by Studs Terkel As you pick up this book, perhaps you’re curled up at home eating cheese curls, winding down from a long day at the office, or gearing up for the next graveyard shift. But what do you do at work? Maybe you stock shelves, count cash, dig ditches, build jet engines, trade stocks, style hair, direct a choir, clean bathrooms, or bake bread. Whatever it is that you do may seem ordinary in your eyes, but in the different tint of someone else’s glasses, your job is fascinating. Studs Terkel has created the definitive anthology of workers young, old, expert, and amateur – optimists, pessimists, and ambivalents alike. Their stories come to life, in their own words, and you’ll find dignity, anxiety, and experiences that are beautifully human on each page. Open up this book. Maybe you’ll find someone who reminds you of you. Maybe you’ll realize that no matter what your job or life is, your story is worth telling and worth hearing. Maybe you’ll come to appreciate workers who you never thought of before, or find new respect for workers you thought of as undignified. Whatever this book brings to you, understand that these are the people that make up our world. They cannot be painted with one stroke of the brush; they are diverse, each one of them an individual, and each has something new to bring to the table.
SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get on a time machine… to an alternate version of right now? Snow Crash is Neil Stephenson’s 1992 prophecy of the early twenty-first century: a bleak physical world consumed by capitalism and colonized by private industry, complete with a subdivision replica of Apartheid-era South Africa. Searching for something more, millions of users world-wide find solace in a digital universe, complete with neighborhoods, an economic system, sword-fighting, and drug-dealing. So plunge into Snow Crash and vault into the stories of a few inhabitants of this speculative world – hackers, skateboarding-couriers and pizza-making-Mafia-moguls – as they come to terms with their lives on and offline. “Snow Crash is witty, sexy, and utterly mind-obliterating.” – The Philadelphia Inkwire “Don’t miss this epic glimpse into the terrifying and tantalizing prospects of what technological progress might mean for our world.” – Tim Buck II
CAT'S CRADLE by Kurt Vonnegut Submerge into this wry classic, and your mind will enjoy the wild-goose-chase adventure. You’ll look forward to leaping from page to page, as each rich, thoughtful snippet leaves you laughing, crying, or pondering the infinite mysteries of the universe. Using the “less is more” mindset, Vonnegut will suspend you in a web of connections and possibilities, leading you on the path of one young writer as he attempts to discover the life of a physicist behind the atomic bomb. But you’ll find that on this journey, a whole lot more lays in wait... tune in and marvel at the madness.
THE YELLOW BIRDS by Kevin Powers Before the war, Bartle is barely more than a boy. After the war, Bartle is barely a human. How can he return to business as usual after the things he’s seen? How can he let people call him a hero after the things he’s done? The Yellow Birds is a vivid document of one young man’s attempt to find a purpose by joining the military. In beautiful description, you will find yourself side by side with Sergeant Bartle, in the heat of ambush, and in the heartbroken throes of horror, loss, and insanity. You’ll question what is right and what is wrong and you’ll weigh his experiences on a scale of justice that doesn’t seem to be calibrated for the crimes of war. You’ll be touched by moments of clarity, the rush of blood, and the bonds of family and friendship that tie us all together. Kevin Powers knows what it’s like to return home after service in the Middle East – he was deployed for two years in Iraq as a machine gunner. “The Yellow Birds” is written from the heart of that experience.
THE EMPATHY EXAMS Essays by Leslie Jamison "Empathy isn't just something that happens to us – a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain – it's also a choice we make: to pay attention, to extend ourselves." Leslie Jamison writes a series of essays that question the moral compass. She is faced with choices: to keep the fetus, to abort the fetus, to keep faith in her boyfriend, to lose faith, to feel, or not to feel. And if she decides to feel, how much should she feel? What kind of feelings is she allowed to have? In essays written with as much care and restraint as the emotions of the characters, Jamison fills the pages with complex scenarios, contrasting experiences, begging weighty questions and skirting any concrete answers. Jamison's essays are intelligent and carefully considered reflections on the human tendency to feel for other people, and whether or not this is truly a remedy.
THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS by Albert Camus Some might call Sisyphus vain. He attempted to fool the gods, trick death and live forever. And so his fate was sealed: to toil in the Underworld, pushing a boulder from valley to mountain peak, and to watch the boulder fall to the basin again and again, indefinitely. Camus asks, what does Sisyphus think of when the boulder falls? What does he feel as he descends the mountain, knowing the perpetual labor that awaits him? “When the images of earth cling too tightly to memory, when the call of happiness becomes too insistent, it happens that melancholy rises in man’s heart: this is the rock’s victory, this is the rock itself. The boundless grief is too heavy to bear. These are our nights of Gethsemane. But crushing truths perish from being acknowledged.” When life itself becomes our rock, we need the wisdom of Camus’s words, to make an attempt to explain why, though the world can be so miserable, we are able to find joy.
Coming soon from Freedom Song: INTERSTELLAR by Christopher Nolan On a voyage through time and space, you'll learn that much more than black holes, infinite exodus in a foreign galaxy, or losing years in mere seconds, the most haunting experience is that of love. Interstellar takes command of our swiftly tilting universe on a wild journey against time, seeking a solution to the end of human life on our world. Catch Interstellar while it's still in theaters, or experience it at home when it is released by Freedom Time. Either way you see it, it will leave you pondering...
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