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In her new book, Mike Brown's mother writes about the life of her slain son

In her new book, Mike Brown's mother writes about the life of her slain son

Lezley McSpadden is not here to bullshit you. McSpadden is the mother of Missouri teen Mike Brown, who was gunned down in August of 2014 by police officer Darren Wilson, and whose death arguably sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. In her new book "Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil: The Life,...

  • Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

    Dear Diary: Emily Lindin's 'Unslut' exposes slut-shaming

    Emily Lindin’s middle school diary is not so much an emotional rollercoaster as a runaway train speeding through a nightmarish Boschian hellscape, frequently interrupted by sparkling yet anxiety-inducing preteen fantasies and ‘90s pop-inspired poems. Published in the book “UnSlut: A Diary and Memoir”...

  • James Franco is not a Queer Poet

    James Franco is not a Queer Poet

    I want to believe in James Franco. For those readers who are new to the figure of Franco the artist, the actor-cum-poet has been part of the literary conversation since his collection of short stories, “Palo Alto,” was published by Scribner in 2010. Much of this conversation has been skepticism,...

  • Lester K. Spence's 'Knocking The Hustle' diagnoses the neoliberal nightmare

    Lester K. Spence's 'Knocking The Hustle' diagnoses the neoliberal nightmare

    No other book out right now so expertly describes what it's like to live and work in the United States as Lester K. Spence's "Knocking The Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics." A cogent rundown of the ways this country has been crippled by its embrace of neoliberalism, the book...

  • 'Shout Outs,' a poem by Claudia Speck

    'Shout Outs,' a poem by Claudia Speck

    s/o to the smudging sage at the office of the therapist who made me give a detailed list of my sexual history as a teenage girl then invited me to take peyote with him in oklahoma as long as i didn't tell my parents s/o to the lavender scented candle i roasted a hot link over one of the times my...

  • The Anthropologist: Sidney Mintz, 1922-2015

    The Anthropologist: Sidney Mintz, 1922-2015

    I'm in the middle of cashiering a transaction, during the lunch rush, and on the verge of being profoundly annoyed when this weird old man appears behind my counter. "Please, finish whatever you need to. I just had a question," he says. He says he would like to put the bill for a group of Johns...

  • An interview with Lia Purpura

    Essayist and poet Lia Purpura teaches the craft of writing across the U.S., including at the Rainier Writing Workshop in Washington, and, this fall, at Columbia University. But she has called Baltimore home for more than 20 years, and right now serves as writer in residence at the University of...

  • Associative journeys through the nightmares of American writers

    American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light Iain Sinclair Faber and Faber Eleanor Roosevelt seems like she was generally pretty cool. But that famous, perhaps apocryphal sentence "Great minds discuss ideas, mediocre minds discuss events, small minds discuss people" attributed to her seems...

  • Former steel worker wins prestigious poetry prize

    In the summer of 1970, Afaa Michael Weaver was a clerk recording the weight of the massive tin coils produced at Sparrows Point Steel Mill, tin that would later be turned into soup cans and the like. He used a crayon to mark the coils, which would be warm enough to melt the wax, so his numbers...

  • Lydia Davis is master of white space

    Can't and Won't Lydia Davis Farrar, Straus, and Giroux The latest collection of short stories by Lydia Davis creates full-scale worlds in a single sentence. The End. It would be appropriate-or at least tempting- to review her new collection, Can't and Won't (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), with that...

  • Steven Galloway's new novel grapples with a mind unraveling

    The Confabulist Steven Galloway There is, perhaps, nothing more terrifying than the possibility of being led astray by one's own mind. If we can't trust our own perceptions, memories, or reasoning, then there is no escape-no way to move out of the tortured state of limbo that lies between our own...

  • Box Brown takes pro wrestling very seriously

    Andre the Giant: Life and Legend Box Brown Philadelphia-based cartoonist and professional-wrestling superfan Box Brown, who released Andre the Giant: Life and Legend last week, can easily recall his earliest memory of Andre the Giant. Given his graphic novel's deeply empathetic, warts-and-all portrayal...

  • The Nation's sports editor talks about Brazil's Dance with the Devil

    Razil's Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy Dave Zirin Haymarket Press Earlier this month protests erupted in 10 cities in Brazil, which is set to host matches for soccer's biggest tournament, the World Cup, June 12 to July 13. Brazilians have demonstrated...

  • Worse Than The Blues

    Worse Than The Blues

    How the suburbs made John Fahey more miserable than the meanest bluesmen in Mississippi

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