The Importance of Speculative Fiction and How It Implores Us to Create a Leftist, Anti-Capitalist Future

Over the last 18 months or so I've been reading a ton of near-future dystopian speculative fiction. This week I finished Paolo Bacigalupi's excellent The Water Knife (I hope there's a movie adaptation of it coming soon) and I am itching to read the second installment of Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy. I've also recently read …

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Give the Drummer Some: How the Right’s Fixation on Nathan Phillips’s Drum Reflects White America’s Fear of the Drum

Ever since the video of the group of Covington High School boys surrounding Native American activist Nathan Phillips and---depending on your interpretation---either harassed him or defended themselves (count me among those who understand it to be the former), there has been a massive national conversation addressing numerous issues that speak to our cultural and political …

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That time Fred Goodman likened the bari sax to the fat girl at the school dance

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to find a Pepper Adams LP for a buck at my local record store. It's pretty solid. After I put it on the felt I read the liner notes, written by Fred Goodman, who wrote for Cash Box magazine, which I had never heard of. Then in …

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