If you remember something, does it mean that it’s over, in the past? Or does the act of remembering extend that thing’s lifespan, even resurrect it, lend it new meaning? For those of us who experienced Occupy Wall Street, will it ever be over? On Sunday, a participatory walking tour was convened to commemorate Occupy’s… Continue reading OWS: What Lives On In Memory Never Dies
Some leisurely reading for your week off: a story about the time I chased an Upper East Side socialite for the sake of journalism. I wrote this for narrative.ly, a cool new site producing unique stories about New York City (say it three times: unique New York…) Happy holidays and thanks for reading! “Suddenly it… Continue reading Xmas reading: My essay for narrative.ly about getting to know a millionaire/socialite
Strike Debt, an Occupy affiliate, just came out with a very well-researched and thorough report on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, called “Who Pays for Sandy?” Now, not only is Occupy Sandy one of the main organizations providing relief to communities wrecked by the hurricane, but Strike Debt is one of the leading think tanks… Continue reading Strike Debt Reports: Who Pays for Sandy?
It is pretty remarkable to see an essay like this one in an academic journal, even one as broad and literary as Public Culture. An excerpt from this essay, “Why I Occupy” by Nicholas Mirzoeff, one of the professors most involved in the Occupy Student Debt coalition in New York: (Read more about Occupy Student… Continue reading Nicholas Mirzoeff: Why I Occupy
Want to give $25 to help abolish $500 of someone else’s debt? On Nov. 15th, at Le Poisson Rouge, come to The People’s Bailout: a variety show and telethon to benefit the 99% featuring: Janeane Garofalo, Lizz Winstead, Max Silvestri, Hari Kondabolu, David Rees, The Yes Men, John Cameron Mitchell, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel, Lee Ranaldo… Continue reading NYC Event, Nov. 15: Abolish Debt!
I received a pleasant surprise today when I opened my “Google Alert” (which lets me know when my name appears somewhere online): I learned that author and Harper’s editor Jeff Sharlet includes my essay, “Mic Checked,” on a syllabus for a writing course he teaches at Dartmouth. I’m there alongside Joan Didion’s Slouching Toward Bethlehem and James Baldwin’s “Down… Continue reading On Jeff Sharlet’s Syllabus: My Essay “Mic Checked”
There’s a new genre of online journalism. Call it “unemployment porn.” It began with Occupy Wall Street’s “We Are The 99 Percent” tumblr, last fall, where people all over America shared their images–faces often hidden–and held up signs and leaflets of paper spelling out their woes. “My SSDI and child support come to a monthly total… Continue reading Unemployment Porn: How To Get Your Kicks In A Recession