Reader's Advisory Matrix
Title: Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America
Edited by: Astra Taylor, Keith Gessen, editors from n+1, Dissent, Triple Canopy, The New Inquiry
Published Date: 2011
Where is the book on the narrative continuum?
I would definitely have to say that this book is mix of narrative and factual based areas. The writing is mostly told through people's stories about what is going on which is very narrative, but interspersed throughout are other chapters filled with actual data about the Occupy Movement.
What is the subject of the book?
The Occupy Movement. This book documents different memories and moments written by people who were apart of the Occupy movement that swept the nation. This movement was created to combat the social inequalities that are going on in America and the lack of true "democracy" that takes part.
What type of book is it?
It is an anthology of first person accounts of the Occupy Movement as well as reflections done by some of the world's leading "radical" thinkers.
What is the pacing of the book?
The pacing is fairly quick. The writing style from the various authors is personable and make you feel like you are there in the movement itself.
Describe the characters of the book.
The characters in this book are those who took part in the Occupy Movement. The writing is done by those who had a stake or were present in the moment of the protests. The accounts include perspectives by participants who were interviewed at the time of the protests as well. Side characters within the book include: the government, Wall Street, "big" banks, CEOs, etc.
How does the story feel?
The story brings many feelings forward to the readers, based on how readers feel about the Occupy Movement. The book in itself seems to be sad and angry in the sense that social inequalities in this country have continued to grow without much done to stop it. With all that said, it has a hopeful outlook on what could be.
What is the intent of the author?
The "authors" a.k.a editors of this anthology are trying to bring forth the stories and the events of the Occupy Movement and bring a voice to those that may never have been heard before.
Does the language matter?
Yes! The language in this book matters because it gives the readers a feeling for how angry and upset these political activists are.
Is the setting important and well described?
The setting in this book while ever-changing, is very important. The setting gives an understanding to exactly where the Occupy Movement took place and reasons why the activists and protestors are so upset about the social inequalities that are going on. The setting is well-described in the sense that they go into details about their specific area they are protesting.
Are there details, if so , what?
There are quite a bit of details throughout the book. The details are different based on each new chapter and they cover anything from who is in attendance at the rallies, what was said at the rallies, how the police reacted to their "occupation", as well as various statistics about how the social inequalities happened.
Are there sufficient charts and other graphic materials? Are they useful and clear?
Throughout the book there are various charts and graphs, as well as pictures to support everything that is going on in the book. They are all changed to be red and black which fits in with the overall feel and look of the book. All of them fulfill a specific purpose and are very useful to the readers.
Does the book stress moments of learning, understanding, or experience?
This whole book is built around those three characteristics. The reader is learning about the Occupy movement, the story-teller's experiences, social inequalities and more. They reader is also given the opportunity to have more understanding about why the Occupy movement came about. Finally, the book is centered on author experiences and through these stories the readers are able to learn from those experiences.