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538 Ways to Live, Work, and Play Like a Liberal Paperback – July 1, 2010
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About the Author
Justin Krebs is a political and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. He is co-founder and Executive Director of Living Liberally, a national organization that creates social events around progressive politics including Laughing Liberally comedy shows, Screening Liberally films, Reading Liberally book clubs, Eating Liberally meals and best known for the 300+ chapters of Drinking Liberally happy hours. He is one of the founders and Artistic Directors of The Tank, a non-profit venue for performing arts and public affairs in Manhattan. Over the past decade, he has been an Activist Fellow for CREDO in San Francisco, managed issue advocacy campaigns in New York City, produced an award-winning documentary for PBS on youth civic engagement, and served in the office of US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. He has published Grounds For Play, a history of playgrounds in New York, and contributed to the Huffington Post, Open Left and other progressive blogs. He is a New Jersey native, a graduate of Harvard University, and President of the 45th Street Block Association in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York.
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538 Ways may sound like a catalog of rules that nobody could live up to, when it is anything but. Krebs weaves a narrative of culture, family, history, and experience that speeds along without getting bogged down in some sort of dry checklist. This is no prescriptive manual for living as a liberal. It is a helpful dialog of the many ways that liberal ideology can be seamlessly woven into our lives in ways that feel effortless.
Just like the concept behind Drinking Liberally, Justin's approach is relaxed, easy-going, and non-confrontational. There is not a single "Thou Shalt" to be found. For example, many of us work in companies that frown upon partisan political activity. No problem -- you can instead focus your liberal activism in a GOTV direction. If your family is not ready for a full vegan lifestyle, there's plenty of other ways to demonstrate your liberal ideology in the way you shop, share, and grow food. A wide range of approaches and ideas is presented for each aspect of our daily routines.
If you consider yourself to be a liberal, an independent-minded moderate, or even a socially and environmentally aware conservative, you will find plenty of ideas in this book to gently align your life with your principles.
[And if you don't have time to read the whole book right away, I recommend skipping to Ways #298 and #502- 509.]
It's a worthwhile and easy read!