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NEW PODCAST: Episode #4 of LUCID DREAMING with author Pamela Cohn and filmmaker Alexander Nanau

August 10, 2020

"Profound" — PANDEMIC! reviewed by Scroll

August 10, 2020
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"Boccaccio Says Goodbye" — New short story by CAUTIVOS author Ariel Dorfman in the New York Review of Books

August 10, 2020
You want me to repent, here on my death-bed, Friar, you say I should abjure my Decameron or I will not be granted a pathway to Heaven, you whisper in my ear with a tongue that would rather be caressing a woman’s thighs, that tongue of yours warns me that the hundred tales told by my characters, those seven women and those three men on the hills of Fiesole as the plague raged below in the city, your tongue demands, Friar, that what their tongues and throats brought forth over those ten days should be consigned to flames so I be not cast into perdition when I depart for the other world. You accuse my stories of mocking the Church and promoting ribaldry and lechery and frivolous fun, you demand that I atone for suggesting to women that they should seek more freedom and less obedience, all of this you ask of me as I succumb to the Death who did not take me all those years ago. No, I am not referring to the plague. I was not in Firenze when it struck. Do not listen to what the rumors say, rumors I myself disseminated to make my work more popular among those who had survived that terror.
Read the complete short story here.

"A mosaic-like compendium of short works… Excellent environmental writing" — TALES OF TWO PLANETS reviewed by the New Republic

August 10, 2020
Tales of Two Planets is a mosaic-like compendium of short works compiled and introduced by John Freeman, former editor of Granta. The collection includes Edwidge Danticat writing about Haiti, a poem by Margaret Atwood, and a new Lauren Groff story about a mother immobilized by climate change-related depression, among 30-odd other views on ecological disaster across the world.
Read the review here.

"Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment" — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in the New York Times

August 10, 2020
The unequal impact of climate change is chronicled in a collection of essays, poems and stories called “Tales of Two Planets.”
Read the article here.

"Israel's crimes against humanity" — I ACCUSE! author Norman Finkelstein interviewed on RT

August 7, 2020

"How Brooklyn Turned Bernie Sanders Into a Democratic Socialist" — BERNIE'S BROOKLYN author Theodore Hamm interviewed on Scheer Intelligence

August 7, 2020

"We have to fight for the truth in wars and pandemics" — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn writes for AlterNet

August 7, 2020
The struggle against Covid-19 has often been compared to fighting a war. Much of this rhetoric is bombast, but the similarities between the struggle against the virus and against human enemies are real enough. War reporting and pandemic reporting likewise have much in common because, in both cases, journalists are dealing with and describing matters of life and death. Public interest is fueled by deep fears, often more intense during an epidemic because the whole population is at risk. In a war, aside from military occupation and area bombing, terror is at its height among those closest to the battlefield. The nature of the dangers stemming from military violence and the outbreak of a deadly disease may appear very different. But looked at from the point of view of a government, they both pose an existential threat because failure in either crisis may provoke some version of regime change. People seldom forgive governments that get them involved in losing wars or that fail to cope adequately with a natural disaster like the coronavirus. The powers-that-be know that they must fight for their political lives, perhaps even their physical existence, claiming any success as their own and doing their best to escape blame for what has gone wrong.
Read the article here.

"Points to the vacuity of our central premises regarding what it means to be American and, presumably, Middle Class" — THE SINKING MIDDLE CLASS reviewed by CounterPunch

August 7, 2020
How the Middle Half Lives
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NEW PODCAST: Episode #3 of LUCID DREAMING with author Pamela Cohn and filmmaker Kirsten Johnson

August 7, 2020

"It Takes Many Voices to Find the Truth" — TALES OF TWO PLANETS editor John Freeman writes for Lit Hub

August 6, 2020
John Freeman on the origins of Tales of Two Planets
Read the article here.

"In This Phase In The 58th American Presidentiad (United States)" — Poem by Lawrence Joseph from TALES OF TWO PLANETS published on Lit Hub

August 5, 2020
Read the poem here.

"What Would a 21st-Century Federal Writers Project Look Like?" — THE DEEP END excerpt published in Full Stop

August 5, 2020
Jason Boog asks, What can we learn from labor organizing of writers during the Great Depression?
Read the excerpt (with subscription) here.

"Following in the footsteps of Viscount Edward George William Omar Deerhurst" — SURF, SWEAT AND TEARS author Andy Martin writes for TripFiction

August 5, 2020
I first met Ted in France, in the late 1980s. He was competing at the Quiksilver Pro surf contest in Lacanau, on the wild Atlantic coast of France, north of Bordeaux, and I was a surfing correspondent. The last time I saw him, nearly ten years later, was in Hawaii, where he was still in search of the perfect wave and, in his phrase, “the perfect woman” – and where he died too young, on the North Shore of Oahu, aged 40.But how did he die exactly? I wrote his obituary for The Independent, but it was another 20 years before I could cut through the typically Hawaiian mix of myth, omertà, and mystification, and get close to the truth. To solve the mystery of his death I needed to reconstruct his life. To do that I had to retrace Ted’s steps around the world.
See the article here.

"Ljubljana’s most famous son is already thinking of the next book" — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed for the Irish Times

August 3, 2020
Given the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Ljubljana’s most famous son is already thinking of the next book. It will be “something like Hegel in the Viral World”, he says, having already brought out a short tract called Pandemic! in April.
Read the interview here.

"Climate Activist Amy Brady Recommends Five New Books on the Climate Crisis" — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured on Lit Hub

August 3, 2020
John Freeman, founding editor of Freeman’s magazine, published in 2017 to great acclaim Tales of Two Americas, an anthology about income inequality. Tales of Two Planets poignantly extends that focus to the rest of the world, revealing how climate change exacerbates inequalities of all kinds in communities impacted hardest. The collection includes essays, fiction, and poems by some of today’s brightest writers. Edwidge Danticat writes about life in Haiti, while Anuradha Roy describes the floods and droughts that have ravaged the Himalayas. Tahmima Anam brings us to a climate-changed Bangladesh, while Lauren Groff illuminates life in Florida, one of America’s most threatened states.
See the full list here.

NEW VIDEO: PEOPLE'S POWER author Ashley Dawson in conversation with Stephanie LeMenager

August 3, 2020

"Corruption and its Consequences" — HATE INC. author Matt Taibbi interviewed on Bret Weinstein's Dark Horse podcast

July 30, 2020

"Towards a global energy commons" — PEOPLE'S POWER author Ashley Dawson interviewed on This Is Hell!

July 30, 2020
This is Hell! · 1210: Towards a global energy commons / Ashley Dawson

"People are totally disoriented. This is the moment of philosophy." — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed for Infobae

July 29, 2020