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Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor
Deborah DeGraffenreid

Astra Taylor is the author of The People's Platform (winner of the American Book Award) and made two documentary films, Zizek! and Examined Life. Taylor’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, n+1, and The Baffler, where she is a contributing editor. She lives in New York City.

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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.

Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone

Astra Taylor
Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books

What is democracy really? What do we mean when we use the term? And can it ever truly exist? Astra Taylor, hailed as a “New Civil Rights Leader” by the Los Angeles Times, provides...

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The People's Platform

Astra Taylor
Picador
Picador

"Taylor is the Marshall McLuhan or the Neil Postman of our new digital economy, the lonely voice raising urgent questions we need to answer together . . . If The People's Platform doesn't...

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