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The Two Ends of a Beginning

“The Animals Reject their Names and Things Return to Their Origins” can be found by clicking here.

Animals trod, swim, fly, gallop in many of the books we read, dive into the depths of our childhood comforts as plushies, growl and grunt throughout long traditional activities like hunting. They play countless roles in our lives, but they are hardly ever seen as themselves in their own environment. In opposition to the usage of animals as tropes and

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CA Mudslides Update

Wally Skalij | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images

CALIFORNIA – Tragedy strikes again in California as mudslides devastate Montecito. The mudslides occurred on Tuesday the 9th, and have destroyed 65 homes while damaging hundreds of others. The death toll has climbed to 20, and is expected to rise. There are several people still missing and un-accounted for.

The images of devastation are horrific. Homes buried in feet of standing mud, slowly hardening around the ruins of family homes.  Rescue

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Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl, the founder of logotherapy, left this world a heartwarming and extensive masterpiece about suffering: Man’s Search for Meaning. Undoubtedly, Frankl’s work adapts all the values that he expressed in his own life as a doctor, husband, Holocaust survivor, and a humanitarian; the psychiatrist’s experiences with his hardships provide the wisdom and truth behind each of his insights related to emotional distress.

Frankl was a concentration camp inmate for three years,

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CA Wildfires Update — The Tubbs Fire

An aerial image of a region of Santa Rosa affected by the Tubbs Fire (by Kent Porter of the Press Democrat)

NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES – The dedicated fire crews working in Napa County and Sonoma County have managed to contain the Tubbs fire, as well as other fires as of October 31st. Though the fire is contained, it still managed to claim at least 21 lives and burn more than 36,000 acres

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Analysis Essay: Does human intelligence lead to unhappiness?

Image by Gillian Wilson

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis is an apologue that wanders through the tensions between language and happiness, specifically in the form of human intelligence and consciousness. The premise of the book is grounded on the question of whether human intelligence and consciousness is a gift or a precursor to inevitable unhappiness, and so to test this, Alexis pries the condition of being human from the human body and

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Website Update #1

Hello, and thank you for visiting Books For Change. This month, we are focusing on disaster relief in California as wildfires continue to disrupt the state’s communities. We will be selecting charities to promote in the hopes that funds go directly to helping displaced people and those helping with disaster aid. We will be updating the site once we decide on a responsible organization.

We have also entered the beta stage of web development, and hope to add more to

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My Prosperity for your Agony

Image provided by Michelle Santoso 

Are you familiar with Ursula K. Le Guin’s work, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas?

The story describes a city of amazing welfare. There are riches beyond just gold; there is wealth in happiness, abundance in pleasures, and an endless affluence of vibrancy. Yet there is a contingency for the city’s bliss. There is one condition that must be honored by all of Omelas’ citizens to maintain the eternal fountain

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Thank you for visiting!

Hello, and welcome to my website. I am Steven Keun Woo Lee, the founder of Books For Change.

It is far too often that I see reminders of the pain our world is going through. For many people, each day is a challenge in itself; it is an unfortunate and sad reality that a countless amount of communities around the world endure the crippling grasp of poverty, natural disasters, and other hardships.

Yet every

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