Riots are what happens when people despair, when there appears to be few options in the present and none in the future, and no way to fix the situation.
Amy Winehouse was born into a musical environment in which the dead-end kitsch of celebrity tabloid “journalism” and reality television were the truly dominant artforms of the age. It is that disenchanted world, in many ways, which was the subject of her art.
What would change if we regarded News International as a de-facto criminal conspiracy? James Murdoch’s “I can’t speak to that” sounds less like the confusion of an incompetent manager than the intentional unknowing of a Tony Soprano, insulated from street level crime.
Canadian electropop group the Junior Boys have released a string of consistently great albums, and new record It’s All True is not exception.
Dancing Theology in Fetish Boots is an intriguing collection of mismatched elements that sheds new light on sexuality, gender and race in religious locations.
We might have the technology to produce enough food to feed that world – but will we have the political will to distribute it fairly?
Jokes about the Rapture express a deeper anxiety about the decidedly apocalyptic times we live in, expressing some of the often unacknowledged uncertainty about the sustainability of our current system of living.
The austerity narratives of deficit reduction are everywhere, but the facts show that this is a false story deployed cynically to decimate the welfare state and the reduction of taxes for the super-rich.
“The absolute limit of what bourgeois feminism can offer us is terminal exhaustion and a cupboard full of beautiful shoes.”
When I mentioned I was reviewing this book this week, several bookish friends immediately asked, “does literature need a defense?”