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Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor Deborah DeGraffenreid

Astra Taylor is a writer and documentary filmmaker. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, which was broadcast on the Sundance Channel, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, Salon, Monthly Review, The Baffler, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

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  • Astra Taylor interviewed on MSNBC's The Cycle

    Astra Taylor discusses 'The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age' on MSNBC's The Cycle.

  • Astra Taylor interviewed on Democracy Now!

    Astra Taylor discusses 'The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age' on Democracy Now!.

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Q & A

Where are you from?
Athens, GA.

Who are your favorite writers?
Barbara Ehrenreich, Rebecca Solnit, Virginia Woolf, Thomas Frank, John Berger.

Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
Anything by the above authors. Works of philosophy in general – and all the people in Examined Life in particular Lewis Hyde's The Gift.

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Philosophy, politics, activism, filmmaking, playing music poorly.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Drop out of Brown University. Live below your means.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR

The People's Platform

Astra Taylor

From a cutting-edge cultural commentator, a bold and brilliant challenge to cherished notions of the Internet as the great leveler of our ageThe Internet has been hailed as an unprecedented...

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