Online Issue: July 2015


Black Lives Matter More Than Confederate Memorials

The Editors ~ Those who call the actions of Bree Newsome "heroic" aren't exaggerating. The artist, filmmaker and activist who pulled down the Confederate flag in front of the Charleston State House over the weekend was simply doing what has needed to be done for a long time. Some will call it illegal, but then, so were the actions of Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman... Read more…

This Is Not an Obituary: Listening to Ornette Coleman

Jordy Cummings ~ Ornette Coleman died in June of a cardiac arrest on the same day as an infamous bad guy actor, Christopher Lee and legendary professional wrestler Dusty Rhodes. One can’t help but chuckle at the Colemanesque improvisation of the Grim Reaper. Coleman was perhaps the jazz musician with the most theoretical depth, even if his own cultural production never hit... Read more…

The Iconography of the French Revolution: Or, the Uses and Abuses of Revolutionary Aesthetics

Ashley Bohrer ~ For leftists, Le musee du Carnavalet, a free museum tucked away in the Parisian Marais, is a treasure trove. The museum presents the history of the city of Paris, depositing artifacts, paintings, and relics of the tortured history of this tortured city. Paris has long captivated the leftist imagination, not simply for its prominence in literature nor only for its demonstrated and longstanding left... Read more...

Mad Max: Coming Full Circle

Tim Koch ~ Hollywood and moviegoers seem infatuated with dystopian futures. To be sure this is not entirely new, dystopian fiction has been a staple of human imagination since we started telling stories. But the recent popularity of stories like The Hunger Games and Divergent and a plethora of other dark futuristic tales deserves notice. A look at any newspaper can tell you why... Read more…

Solitary Expressions

Megan Groves ~ “I had to drink this beer to get the taste of the cell out of my mouth,” Brian said, raising his bottle to the audience. A survivor of 12 straight years of solitary confinement at Tamms Supermax, he can still sometimes taste the concrete dust, and being in a room with a life-size model of a solitary cell wasn’t helping. Brian went on to say that though his nametag said he was a “survivor” of solitary... Read more...

Neutral Mice (or Suicides Light as Air)

Mike Linaweaver ~ a bird built a nest
in my grandfather’s
up-turned welding goggles

the day after
he died... Read more...

Baltimore Poems

Trish Kahle ~ from the street: a wounded howl,
fuck the police and it echoes from the prisons,
fuck the police
the anger which vibrates somewhere low
in their chests, weighted down
by one too many... Read more...

Feeling Trapped in a Dead-End System? Cartoonist Stephanie McMillan's Affirmations Encourage Resistance

Stephanie McMillan interviewed by Mark Hand ~ Activists and organizers for social change undoubtedly experience periods of burnout. Working long hours — typically without pay and little appreciation — on campaigns, issues and causes where victories are few and far between can be demoralizing. Some activists get so frustrated with the perceived lack of results from their hard work, the divisions within the Left, and the rampant apathy among the general public that they give up entirely and retreat from activismCartoonist, writer and organizer Stephanie McMillan saw the depression, feelings of hopelessness... Read more...

Horace

Marcus Demery ~ From my vantage point, I could see everything Horace was doing. I could see the glisten of his forehead and still feel the heat from his grin. He was a man who supported a movement with his voice. I saw Horace in front of me become a martyr in his own doing. He did not die from some heinous crime, but he gave his life to show that what he protested wasn’t as much about him... Read more...

No Guarantees

Sebastian Clare ~ In September 2008, the Irish government gave a blanket guarantee to the six main banks in the country’s financial services sector. No strings attached, no overseeing, no transparency. In effect, a blank check was handed to organisations low on funds. This decision, which obviously fell way short of outright nationalization, was disastrous; it tied the state to the debts of the banks... Read more...

Days of Celebration

Naomi Weisstein ~ In Chicago, one cold and sunny day in March of 1970, I decided to organize a feminist rock band. I was lying on the sofa listening to the radio — a rare bit of free time in those early days of the women's movement. Perhaps a meeting had been canceled. The trendy station that had just switched to all-rock was playing a medley of hits... Read more...



Feuilleton

Fund drive 2015! ~ How can our dreams fit in a world that wants us scattered to the wind? ... Read more...

Evicted Art Blog

Art space as epic theatre ~ In the "post-post modern context," artists, art gestures and spaces have struggled... Read more...

The Hour GlaSS

#Goalz Like many of you I awoke to the latest life-giving pop cultural product after its midnight release... Read more...

RED WEDGE COMIX

Affirmations Calendar ~ Cartoonist and Red Wedge Comix contributor Stephanie McMillan has... Read more...

The Ansible

Jurassic World ~ The disenchantment of the world accomplished by the development... Read more...

Atonal Notes 

"No More Auction Block" ~ Wednesday’s abominable act of racist terrorism (and yes, we must call it... Read more...

AfroBlazingGuns

"Dear White People" bland and uninteresting I saw Dear White People and I agree with a lot of this... Read more...

Pink Palimpsest

Revenge of the Neckbeards ~ The world of sci-fi fandom is precious little understood in mainstream... Read more...

Red Planet

Communist artists seeking new life and a new civilization. Their blog is run by Hope Asya and Thomas Crane.

Conditions

Marilyn Minter ~ In 2013, thousands of women and their supporters occupied the Texas Capitol building... Read more...