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The Romance of Nickel

The Romance of Nickel coverThe Romance of Nickel
International Nickel Company of Canada
1957

Submitter: My submission is a short paean to nickel, called The Romance of Nickel. The cover does little to convince me, however, as it shows the desolate wasteland created by nickel mining. This slim volume (a mere 80 pages) was created by The International Nickel Company (motto: “Inco Nickel… Your Unseen Friend”) to sell its product, and the spin is a little much. Judging by the cover illustration, the environmental damage of nickel mining is extreme; no romance there!

Holly: That cover! It’s all bent up with peeled-off stickers, and I agree with Submitter that the image is less than romantic. It would work for the cover of a dystopian romance novel. This is too old to be useful to anyone. It was found in a community college in Colorado. Mining is of interest in Colorado, for sure, but I’m not sure a community college is the place for this little booklet from 1957.

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Lifestyles of the Hippies

Hippie Trip coverThe Hippie Trip
Yablonsky
1968

Here is your insider guide to the mysterious world of hippies. This mostly academic work details the lifestyles of hippie culture through surveys, interviews and case studies.Yablonsky is a relatively important figure and his unorthodox research methods were part of an “immersion” philosophy as an academic. (He died in 2014 and you can read his obituary here.) Obviously, his work is important and should be included in sociology collections in the academic world. A larger public library would also probably consider including this in the collection, if community interest supported this kind of work.

I kind of chuckle since it reminds me of my undergraduate intro course in Sociology back in the day where the professor used the “hip” dialogue so he could relate to his students. Even in the late 70s, this guy sounded dated and ridiculous. I will also never forget that his opening lecture included the line: “Sociology is what sociologists do.”

Stay groovy everyone and tell it like it is,

Mary

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Science and Morality

science and moral life cover

Science and the Moral Life
Otto
1949

Philosophy nerds might recognize Max Otto’s name. You can read about his writings and career here. Obviously, Otto’s writing is worthy of collection and inclusion in a variety of libraries. This little paperback has seen better days and the cover is a bit odd. (The family looks like they might be on some mind altering drugs.) After reading the brief bio in the link, I think I am going to read the book. I appreciate the idea of making philosophy more accessible and useful to the general public.

Mary

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