In January, in the dead of winter, we got you thinking about warmer times by highlighting the Noam Chomsky Garden Gnome, a real product described as follows:
Standing at just under 17 inches, Gnome Chomsky the Garden Noam clutches his classic books, ‘The Manufacture of Compost’ and ‘Hedgerows not Hegemony’ – with his open right hand ready to hold the political slogan of your choosing. His clothes represent a relaxed but classy version of regular gnome attire, including: a nice suit jacket-tunic, jeans, boots, traditional gnome cap, and glasses. Additionally, Noam Gnome stands on a base complete with a carved title – for anyone who may not immediately realize the identity of this handsome and scholarly gnome.
Now that it's summer, imagine Gnome Chomsky hanging in your garden with Howard the Zinn Monk. Zinn Monk, get it?
First published in 1980, Zinn's famous book A People’s History of the United States tells "America’s story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers." It has sold more than two million copies over the past 35 years. And, as I write this post, it's the #1 bestselling book in US history on Amazon.
Howard the Zinn Monk isn't quite selling at the same brisk clip. But the web site justsaygnome.net might make you a Zinn gnome if you ask nicely.
In the meantime, you can watch and enjoy this illustrated video: Howard Zinn’s “What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire.”
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