The Avid Reader is proud to welcome author Shep Siegel and his latest work of non-fiction, Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture, in-store on Thursday, October 3rd.
More about Disruptive Play:
Siegel’s book connects knowledge from mythology, folklore, popular culture, art, politics, and play theory to make its case that to be playful means not taking power seriously. He suggests that at the point when power collapses, the amoral view of reality—the Trickster--takes over offering the opportunity for new values to emerge, leading to some version of the dystopia found in popular culture.
Disruptive Play takes the reader from ancient folkloric appearances of Tricksters such as Raven and Èṣù-Elegba, to their role in Western civilization, and then on to Trickster’s 20th century versions found in dada and the hippies. The title shows how this spirit informs social progress today through Anonymous, Banksy, Bugs Bunny, and other mischief-makers and challengers of culture. Such play is revolutionary and lights the path to a transformed society.
More about Shep Siegel:
Shep Siegel is a writer, a rock and jazz musician, and educator. He holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University, and a doctorate from UC Berkeley. He led Career and Technical Education for Seattle Public Schools for sixteen years. He has over thirty publications, including Career Ladders: Transition from High School to Adult Life.