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"For someone with no fixed address, much less country of residence, 'staying at home' was a novel and initially terrifying concept." — EXILE author Belén Fernández writes for the New York Times

May 25, 2020
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"Best Books of Summer 2020" — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Time

May 25, 2020
Climate change is such an enormous and unwieldy thing that it often feels hard to see, like trying to comprehend the Titanic while standing six inches away from its hull. In Tales of Two Planets, writer and editor John Freeman tries to make the danger clear by offering readers a range of views — fiction, essays, even poetry, spanning locations from Florida to the Himalayas — while zeroing in on the way that global warming intersects with disparities. Writers in the collection, edited by Freeman, include Margaret Atwood and Edwidge Danticat.
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"A passionate homage to forgotten writers who speak to our own times." — THE DEEP END reviewed in Kirkus Reviews

May 25, 2020
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"Provocative and controversial, as always, and a worthy addition to the literature of plague and pestilence." — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in Kirkus Reviews

May 25, 2020
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"Will this crisis lead to something better or worse?" — CAUTIVOS author Ariel Dorfman interviewed in the Observer

May 25, 2020
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PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed by Patrick Bet-David

May 25, 2020

"As Workers Face Dangerous Conditions Amid Reopening, We Need Unions & Medicare for All" — THE MONSTER ENTERS author Mike Davis interviewed on Democracy Now!

May 25, 2020

"Far from being totally alien to the American way, the sort of socialism Bernie advocates was commonplace where he grew up" — BERNIE'S BROOKLYN excerpt published on ScheerPost

May 25, 2020
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"The Best Books of 2020 (So Far)" — TALES OF TWO PLANETS featured in Elle

May 21, 2020
In this eye-opening anthology about climate change, an impressive cast of contributors including Edwidge Danticat, Mohammed Hanif, and Margaret Atwood reflect on how the grim horror of our current ecological reality is being felt around the world.
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PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed on Going Underground

May 21, 2020

"Global Cockfights, Viruses, and the Monsters Within" — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in CounterPunch

May 21, 2020
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"A global collection of discussions on film and video as an essential medium for conveying the world's most urgent concerns" — LUCID DREAMING reviewed in Modern Times Review

May 21, 2020
Conversations behind the movie camera
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PANDEMIC! featured in the New York Times

May 21, 2020
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"Introduction into new communism?" — PANDEMIC! reviewed on N1

May 21, 2020
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"In Run-Up to Election, Both Parties Blame China and Offer Little" — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak interviewed on By Any Means Necessary

May 21, 2020
In this episode of By Any Means Necessary hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Greg Shupak, media studies teacher at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and author of the book, “The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media,” to talk about his new article on FAIR, "Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China," the ongoing attempt by the Trump administration to shift the blame for the pandemic to China and the World Health Organization, and where Mitt Romney's recent op-ed painting China as "uniquely predatory" fits into the centuries-long history of 'yellow peril' racism in the US.
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"Is this the end of productivity?" — AUTOPILOT featured in New York

May 18, 2020
Amid the pandemic, workers whose jobs once defined their lives are questioning what it was all for.
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"How a Pandemic Happens: We Knew This Was Coming" — THE MONSTER ENTERS excerpt published in Lit Hub

May 18, 2020
Mike Davis on the Inevitability of Catastrophe
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"[A] tour de force... Read Mike Davis’ new updated book before the monster rebounds and we spiral down again" — THE MONSTER ENTERS reviewed in CounterPunch

May 18, 2020

Monster Capitalism

I read Mike Davis’ tour de force, The Monster Enters (O/R Books), when I was sick and in bed and thought that I might have COVID-19. Originally published in 2005, the book has just been reissued with a new, nifty wham bam introduction that lays the blame for the current pandemic where it rightfully belongs on the doorstep of the noxious nexus that has brought about monstrous slums, industrial farming, corrupt political regimes and the failure of public health services in the U.S. and many other countries in the world.
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"Relentlessly practices an endangered, if not nearly extinct, species of journalism: dissident anti-imperialist muckraking" — EXILE reviewed on Middle East Eye

May 18, 2020

Exile: A tale of Washington's twisted role in the world

What Fernandez does in this book is so old-fashioned, and has so quietly evaporated from the how-to guide of being a leftist journalist, that it is worth noting. In case after sordid and bloody case, roving from Tegucigalpa to Diyarbakir, Turkey, to Beirut, she insists that the target of critique cannot simply be bad people doing bad things. People writing on places where the US is responsible for doing bad things ought to convey the US role. It is usually enormous: shipping Blackhawks and Apaches to the Turkish counterinsurgency forces, embargoing infrastructural repair and water purification equipment from a war-devastated Iraq. In reminding us of that role, Fernandez does us all - except for those profiting from such mayhem - a great service, and it there that the book's central contribution lies.
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"The Schmidt-Cuomo digital future is a highway to the Matrix" — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek writes for RT

May 18, 2020
The basic functions of New York state could soon be “reimagined” under the alliance of Governor Andrew Cuomo and Big Tech personified. Is this the testing ground for a dystopian “no-touch” future?
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