Writer Barbara Ehrenreich makes a case against the grim, utopian culture of personal fitness - from the alienated, hyper-individualized work of working out, to the managerial consumption of wellness - in our pop-soundtracked, synchronized march to whatever sized grave we're all just gonna end up in anyways.
Barbara wrote the article Body Work: The curiously self-punishing rites of fitness culture for The Baffler.
Yanis is author of Adults in the Room: My Battle with the European and American Deep Establishment from MacMillan.
Brian recently wrote the article The State of the Brazilian Left: Analysis from an American in Brazil for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.
I thought of a funny character name: Dag Nabakov. It's a cross between the old coot's interjection "dag nabbit," Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjöld, and the author of Lolita and Pale Fire, Vlad Nabakov. Or NaBAKov, as people I disagree with about pronunciations mispronounce it. Dag Nabakov is an old southern novelist who moved to Russia and wrote about an old foreigner who falls in love with an underage Russian because she represents everything he idealizes about the brutish freedom of his adopted country. When Shelly Winters kills herself, he plays a hilarious cat-and-mouse game with Peter Sellers until he's finally brought to tears or justice or something. And the Swedish part of the author is, he loves lingonberries, and dies in a plane crash.
A friend of mine was talking about Donald Dump's recent reaction to the recent incident of terrorist automobile violence in New York. My friend's an adoptive New Yorker, and he said, and I paraphrase freely, "New York doesn't need his anti-immigrant BS. He's always on about immigrants, hating on immigrants, but this is New York, which is immigrant central. It's a city of immigrants, like no other city. I'd just like to see some New Yorkers, grieving about this incident, but then Dump spouting his anti-immigrant BS, and these New Yorkers just beating the crap out of him. That's not how you sympathize with New Yorkers about something like this. It's not an invasion of aliens. It's them. It's one of them like that Las Vegas shooter was one of the white people. New Yorkers know what their city means, and it doesn't mean xenophobic racist real estate pricks who don't pay their contractors."
It got me thinking about how people become racist. They say no one's born racist. Then they did an experiment with rats that showed rats were racist, so now they're not so sure. People might be born racist. Mammals have cultures, though, even rats. Maybe there's some learned racism among rats. And human culture is ridiculously overwhelming, and many of its effects are creepy and insidious.
I knew a white guy who worked in the projects in a social-worker-ish capacity, and he was beaten up quite severely by some black teens, and it seemed after that he decided, "What am I not being racist for? What's the point?" And he became a big ol' macho racist.
How he came by his feelings made sense to me,... read more
Cindy is the editor of Rebellious Mourning: The Collective Work of Grief from AK Press.
Kate is author of Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny from Oxford University Press.
Carl is author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race from New Village Press.
Lucas wrote the piece Why Chavismo Won for Venezuelanalysis.
Alyssa wrote the article Living, Not Just Surviving for Jacobin.
Greg wrote the piece I went to school with the Vegas shooter at his website.
Jeffy's always othering that guy.
George is author of Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis from Verso.
Kali and Ajamu are edited and contributed to to the new collection Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi from Daraja Press.
Alex is author of The End of Policing from Verso.
Martha wrote the Guardian article 6,000 complaints ... then the quake: the scandal behind Mexico City's 225 dead.
The Oakland Institute released a series of nine reports on everyday life for Palestinians, titled Palestine: For Land and Life.
Dave is in town to work on Theatre Oobleck's Apocalypse Cabaret: A Benefit for Puerto Rican Artists in November.
Not a good look for Jeffy.
Bradley wrote the brief U.S. Embassy Tracked Indonesia Mass Murder 1965 for the National Security Archive.
Max wrote the article Financialization, precarity and reactionary authoritarianism for ROAR Magazine.