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Hardcover And PDF Release Of “Woke: A Field Guide For Utopia Preppers”

My 2017 part-poetry, part-graphic novel book Woke: A Field Guide For Utopia Preppers is now available in hardcover! And it is such a beautiful thing. The softcover is like a dog-eared, back-of-the-jeans pocket book that you take out in a quiet moment on the train. In hardback, it’s more like a full-color bedtime book for adults. So to celebrate, I’m also releasing it as a pay-as-you-feel PDF for the digital, the curious, the skeptical, and the empty of wallet.

Here are a few reviews from people who bought it:

From Daniel King:

Amazing body of work from an absolute genius! You can feel the life Caitlin breathes into her poetry coming off in waves as you read through this book. Great illustrations also – beautifully artistic and add to the world she’s creating in with her words! A real artistic achievement. Let’s hope this works…

From “Missing-Snowman”:

Seriously trippy. Caitlin is either extremely woke or rabidly well read. I suspect both. Most won’t get this book but if you’re reading this then don’t hesitate. This is one of the very few belongings I would grab when exiting my house if it were on fire. The artwork is inspired, the poetry is consensus conscious breaking, the end result is nothing short of magic.

From Stephen:

I love Caitlins usual writing, and was aware before purchase that this wasn’t her usual fare. It differs very much from the writing on her blog and on Medium, but it’s still very good. It’s a modern poem, to ‘waking up’, being self-aware, and desiring more than we’re getting from the world (not in a material sense obviously). If you’re expecting reams of studied prose, change your expectations. Be open to a different form of writing though, and you’ll love it. It’s definitely a poem for dreamers, and those who believe the world can be better.

From “The Amazing Morse”, author James Rozoff:

Somewhere within the bowels of an ivy-covered university building sits a professor engrossed in a book written by a long-dead master of language and thought and emotion, oblivious to the fact that there is one among us now who is every bit as worthy of such attention. Were he to become aware of Caitlin Johnstone, he would likely not appreciate her worth, so alienated from what the words he reads once meant as applied to what once was the here and now. His is the enjoyment of a pubescent boy reading articles in the Penthouse Forum who would flee in fear from a real live female in the flesh. His is the view of one who sits upon a hill to watch as armies battle for supremacy, quite certain of what side he is rooting for but far too comfortable to enter the fray. He would not appreciate this book, though his spiritual ancestors will someday read it from the safety of their libraries and recognize its brilliance.

 

This, this is the sort of book which led humanity to create printing presses. This is the kind of work which inspires, which illuminates, which transcends. This goes on the top of your bookshelf, sitting next to the elites which you have spent a lifetime searching out. And if you are fortunate to have spent a lifetime being introduced to the works of the great thinkers, great writers, and great souls, you will gaze at that top shelf and figure out which one will have to be bumped in order to fit Woke on that shelf.

 

Don’t worry, it is quite a small book. No need to demote War And Peace or Les Miserables to a lesser position. But surely there is something you read in your youth, something that once moved you but will appear not quite so worthy after you have read Woke. Or perhaps you need not worry about where to fit it on your shelf: despite its modest size, it is a possession you will want to keep near you, like a beloved pet or a copy of Waldon. It is a constant source of joy even though it is a reminder of the sorrow that exists and the impermanence of all things. Beauty and sorrow are inseparable, but there is more of the former than the latter to be found here.

 

You will cry often. Or rather, I cried often. I don’t want to project my reaction onto you, though I deeply hope and wish that you share a similar appreciation of this book. I cried tears of sadness, and joy, tears of rage, and amazement. Quite often I cried tears of laughter, though I wasn’t always certain what had caused it. More than anything, I cried the sort of tears you shed when staring at something too brilliant to behold for more than brief moments (But the blurring of my eyes allowed me time to reflect upon the revelations and savor their sweetness, so that worked out fine).

 

This is a book that looks unflinchingly at who we are as a species, the good and the bad, the hopes and the fears. Caitlin recognizes, more clearly than anyone else seems to recognize, the situation as it now stands, and appeals to our better angels to rise above the miasma in which we find ourselves.

 

Woke speaks to the entirety of a human being, speaks to the child within us as well as the more mature aspects of who we are. Perhaps if you have not allowed yourself to continue to learn and grow as you’ve aged, this might not appeal to you. Or perhaps those who have completely lost that wonder we are capable of as children might not appreciate the affinity for awe and miracles this book contains, despite the fact Caitlin sees the darkness and danger quite clearly. Woke is the work of a human being in touch with the myriad aspects of what it means to be human. It is sophisticated, mature, playful, profound.

 

I imagine a great round table in Heaven where the writers and thinkers of the ages gather round to discuss all the issues that absorbed them while on Earth. Jack London calls out for another drink and Oscar Wilde seconds the notion, wondering when that brew bottled by Socrates millennia ago and still sitting on the shelf is going to finally be opened. Chuang Tzu sits quietly, while Victor Hugo, newly arrived from purgatory, is sufficiently chastised so that he feels it is not his place to say anything. But Plato reminds him that it is reserved for the time that Caitlin arrives to join the discussion. Oscar’s eyes lose their familiar glint of irreverence and expose the soul behind the wit for a moment. Indeed, there is a bit of a hush about the table as they realize what is at stake for the humanity for which so many of them have struggled and sacrificed for. Although they long for the day when Caitlin can claim her seat among them, they realize the import of her work in this crucial moment of human history. And then Erasmus cracks open a copy of Woke and begins to read to the others. It is part of a far larger book written by countless authors who felt the need to observe and chronicle the human story. And everyone at the table knows they can turn to the last page at any time they want to see how the story ends. But they are storytellers, and they appreciate the beauty of a story well-told. They appreciate such notions as pacing and story arc, and they are acutely aware that they have arrived at a crucial part of the story.

 

They are the woke, and they are eagerly anticipating that the rest of humanity finally joins them in this chapter.

You can get this book in paperback or hardcover by clicking here, and you can get the PDF by clicking here.

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Latest comments

  • I bought the pdf version to avoid amazon. Love it.

  • Thanks for sharing your being!

    Still in the preparatory stages of being…

    The physical body is but an observational reflection of a natural finite, biological aging process. As a reflection of the lapse of space time, it is of no significance whatsoever.

    The mind of man, perhaps one day, sooner rather than too late, may be capable of comprehending this fact. It is surely an entirely different story when it comes to the infinity of space. The ever-being spirit, as with the ever-expanding cosmos, is infinite, and therefore, unquantifiable – immeasurable.

    The human mind is limited by being contained within a physical structure. Brain and mind are NOT separate structures just as cosmic consciousness is NOT separate from the whole. Prove it – the immediate response is to the impossible – they say!
    Yet blind faith belief, in institutional religions origins as created in the minds of man, dare NOT ever even be questioned.

    In the seventeenth century Descartes was slightly off the mark. Being foremost a mathematician, he was mostly a lineal thinker. Contemporary science is NOT much further along!

    The root of addictions, says the spiritual philosopher, Eckart Tolle, is the “pseudo-needs of the egoic mind.” Addictive needs are NOT authentic needs! “The physical needs for food, water, shelter, clothing and ‘basic comforts’ could be easily met for all humans on the planet.”
    This statement is almost the verbatim of what the untrammeled conscious conscience of a privileged ‘white’ child in Africa, more than sixty years ago was telling himself; when total world population was way less – by more than half of what it was at the time the above cited quote was written. Yet all the actual need issues cited above have become even more profoundly dire for an ever-vaster majority of the global populace. Why?

    Because of this unconscious “insane and rapacious need for more” driven by the addictive “pseudo needs of the egoic minds” of those few, who through immemorial practices, by any and all means necessary, have been addictively attempting to usurp hegemonic global power, in all its forms.

    This is the overt expression of the insanity of the rapacity of the behavior of the egoic mind in action!
    The obvious in all this, at the present moment in historical time, is why, if they have the last say, Julian Assange will be incarcerated until death.

    Another ominous warning to add to the list of imminent threats to all of humanity: the plunderers see themselves as separate – exceptionals, definitely NOT willing even to recognize themselves as part of the whole.

    “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.’ – Rene Descartes

  • Dear Caitlin,
    ***
    From one author to another: Congrats on your latest creation! At the same, don’t get too hooked on kudos–as in Mr. Rozoff’s rambling exercise in pretense that includes Erasmus reading your book to other notables in heaven. Stay humble in spite of your greatness, for the greatest people are also the most humble!
    ***
    Best,
    ***
    Horror/thriller author S.A. Hogan

  • Want it but not Amazon.

  • The link is for Amazon and I won’t use them. I’m in the UK, where can I buy a copy?

  • It was pretty good. I’m gonna try that thing with whisky and gatorade some day.

  • Will you be flogging this at any local markets in Melbourne Caitlin?
    C’mon, do a Jim Cairns.
    Amazon is anathema to Truth.

  • I’ve had ‘Woke’ for awhile. Love the artwork; it’s one of the most re-readable books I own. I just got ‘Notes From the Edge…’ the other day. From Amazon, no less (ha ha). It’s the first book I’ve ever read that even the copyright notice totally rocks.

  • Wow, Caitlin! Can’t wait to read it and love supporting your work!

  • Caitlin: I took the PDF option. Thank-you. I have just read it – a work of tender genius. Of it all – Julian (2017-2021 – the torture continues way beyond human reasoning) – and the start and finish – particularly moved me. The illustrations have a dreamlike Shaun Tan quality.

  • If this book describes and advocates practical, collaborative, revolutionary actions which will effectively precipitate the downfall of this evil empire AND create the conditions for producing a new and better civilization, then I will buy and read the book. All previous efforts to create a near-perfect world have failed, such as mass civil disobedience and democratic reform, civil wars and uprising, Marxist revolutions, technocratic rule and imperialism. What action does Caitlin advocate?

  • Can I get it at my local independent book store? Not Amazon please!
    Shawn

    • Ironic isn’t it

      • We live behind enemy lines. The internet is their most sophisticated tracking system and yet here we are.

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