The Work and Legacy of Stieg Larsson

The world knows of Stieg Larsson through his immensely successful Millennium trilogy, a work that became a blockbuster in every sense of the word upon its release in the middle of the previous decade. Translated into dozens of languages around the world and the subject of numerous adaptations for television and...

Assata: Revolutionary Relatability

Thirty-four years ago this November 2, in 1980, Black revolutionary Assata Shakur escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey, with the help of comrades wielding .45 caliber pistols. Successfully avoiding a national “manhunt,” Shakur ultimately fled to Cuba, resurfacing there in 1984...

Suicide Nets

"Suicide Nets" is based on the use of such nets by the Foxconn factory in China to prevent workers from killing themselves by jumping out of their dorms. The suicides became common in 2010 at the Shenzhen manufacturing hub; workers began to see suicide as their only form of protest against inhumane and abusive working conditions...

A Contemporary Satire With No Contemporary Basis

As I sat down to watch the Oracle Theater's performance of Gore Vidal's Romulus I was giddy with anticipation. After all, Romulus, directed by Kasey Foster, is the closing act in a season of daring political theater that has demonstrated the excellence of Oracle. Ninety minutes later, I left the theater feeling quite conflicted...

Isaac Babel: “They Wouldn’t Let Me Finish”

Isaac Babel is a bit of a conundrum. It’s not an easy task to trace his scattered trajectory from Jewish youth navigating the quotas in the Russian education system, cutting his literary teeth at the feet of his beloved mentor Maxim Gorky in Petrograd (present-day St. Petersburg)...

Marx’s Metaphor

Katherine Spurgeon tells us that in her examination of Shakespeare: “…the images form, when thus collected, a world in themselves, for they mirror the richest experience and the most profound and soaring imagination known to man.” I believe that Marx reveals a no less “soaring imagination” in his masterpiece, Capital, Volume 1...

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