Portrait of a Woman with Her Mouth Wide Open
Today’s NY Times presents the diminutive Medea Benjamin, mouth agape, surrounded by concerned, regretful-looking official men. Medea is the very image of the out-of-control harridan, a heckler, which is what the paper calls her. But to my mind, a heckler is someone who disrupts a gathering to call attention to herself: and instead, drawing on immense courage, the kind associated with unique...
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May Day special. Spring pollen heightens our allergies and general sense of irritation: today’s entry—the Vietnam-era MIA flags flying below the US flag in all New York City parks. Why, almost 40 years after the Vietnam War, does NYC government feel the need to commemorate “missing or captive” US soldiers in every park? Let’s also fly a flag hailing those brave souls...
CUNY Publishing Institute, June 3-7, NYC
Hosted by the CUNY Grad School of Journalism; directed by OR’s very own co-publisher, John Oakes: check it out. Short, sweet, and intense. Turning out the Alfred A. Knopfs and Barney Rossets of the 22nd century!
"This one’s a must have for fans of shagging,... →
Dazed and Confused is a fan of our upcoming Hemingway Lives! (Yes, the exclamation point is part of the title.)
hacking politics: tldr →
The TLDR of “Hacking Politics,” the story of how geeks, progressives, the tea party, gamers, anarchists, and suits defeated special interest and saved the internet. A blueprint for the future of political action!
What the brain of a revolutionary looks like: “This is an experimental interface for Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox For Revolution. Beautiful Trouble is a book and web toolbox that puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers.”
[Amazon is] a very aggressive corporation which is trying to take over the book...– OR Books co-publisher Colin Robinson, speaking to BBC Radio 4 about Amazon’s acquisition of Goodreads
Cypherpunks reviewed in Reason magazine! →
“The result is an inspiring text. Their dystopian claims should resonate with our apocalyptically minded time, and their aspirations may connect with young activists, technologists, and entrepreneurs. Current events certainly bear out at least some of their ideas, such as the growth of state surveillance around the world and the increasing use of software vulnerabilities for spying.”
Poetry in spam
We at OR have joyfully passed along all our banking information to this letter-writer. How could we not: “Sometimes, I do wonder if you are really, really with your senses. How Could you keep trusting people and at the end you will loose your hard Earned money, or are you being deceived by their big names? They Impersonate on many offices, claiming to be Governors, Directors/Chairmen of one...
Cory Doctorow on Cypherpunks by Julian Assange
“Cypherpunks is a book you can read in an hour or two, but you’ll be thinking about it for years.” [Full review | Boing Boing]
Democracy Now! interviews Medea Benjamin about her book “Drone Warfare” and the John Brennan confirmation hearing: “It’s not only the killing, it’s the terrorizing of entire populations, where they hear the drones buzzing overhead 24 hours a day, where they’re afraid to go to school, afraid to go to the markets, to funerals, to weddings, where it disrupts entire...
Julian Assange on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” talking about “Cypherpunks,” Wikileaks, and drone warfare: “You won’t know you’re on the kill list until you’re dead.”
So for me, the debate about whether the movie’s suggestion that torture was...– Larry Siems, author of The Torture Report, who combed through 140,000 government documents related to abuse of prisoners during the “War on Terror” for his chilling and eye-opening book, weighs in on the Zero Dark Thirty controversy in an interview with PEN Canada.
Are you a freeloader? →
Bradley Manning in Greenpoint →
wordbrooklyn: On Friday the 25th, at 6:30 p.m., Chase Madar, in collaboration with Brooklyn for Peace, will be reading from his book The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower. Come with questions! If you’re in the area, stop by and talk with Manning expert Chase Madar — we guarantee it will edify and infuriate.