In the end, although I wanted you to be more like Charles Bronson or Malcolm or Luke Cage, I am very proud to have witnessed your historic presidency—the successes, and even the disappointments....more
Dawn Lundy Martin discusses her most recent collection, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, the intersections between poetry and social justice, her wide variety of inspirations, and bathroom gender binaries. ...more
Wednesday 1/18: Litquake and the San Francisco Public Library present “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump” with readings by Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Robert Mailer Anderson, Devorah Major, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Alejandro Murguia, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, and T. J. Stiles. Free, 6 p.m., San Francisco Public Library.
“When asked (about our newest album Oczy Mlody) what does your new stuff sound like..?? My current response has been that it sounds like Syd Barrett meets A$AP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future.” It’s Wayne Coyne himself, penning those words in the official press release for his Flaming Lips’s newest album, Oczy Mlody, out last Friday from Warner Bros. Records.
Oczy Mlody, inspired by Coyne’s “meditational” and “meaningless” reading of book written in a language he couldn’t understand, is Polish for “eyes of the young,” but to the Oklahoma singers sounded “like Oxy (as in Oxycodone) Melody and, as my imagination ran away with it, also the name of a drug made in the future,” one that “uses your own sub-conscious memories and transports you to your perfect childhood happy mind.”
Once again joining forces with Miley Cyrus, the Flaming Lips return to the psychedelic yet melodic sound that marked their beginnings, without leaving their highly experimental approach behind—and have produced one of their best albums thus far. Watch three videos from the new album after the jump. (more…)
Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice. If we’re going to move our national narrative away from one of hate and fear, we need books that display empathy, that help us understand different points of view, that show us we aren’t alone, that feed our spirits.
This week, we’ll look at To Have Been There Then (The Operating System, January 2017), a memoir by Gregory Randall about growing up in “revolutionary” Cuba from the late 1960s to the early ‘80s. Originally published in Spanish in Uruguay in 2013, where it sold out of two editions, Randall’s mother Margaret has now translated the book to bring it to an English-speaking audience. (more…)
First, in the Saturday Essay, Byron F. Aspaas bares his slowly healing scars of communities lost before they were found and countries-turned-battlefields to remind us that our transformations into our true selves are never complete.
Sunday 1/15: Catch journalist Wesley Lowery at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Lowry reported from Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, where he was arrested. He’ll be discussing his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement. 2 p.m., free.
Saturday 1/14: Carol Becker, Luisa Greenfield, Akil Kirlew, Caroline Koebel, Mark Roth, Morgan O’Hara, and Rachel Stevens celebrate the release of the latest issue of ELSE Journal. Powerhouse, 6 p.m., free.
Carrie Bennett, Aimee Harrison, Marco Maisto, Kevin Mclellan, and Travis A. Sharp read with Small Portions. Berl’s Poetry Shop, 7 p.m., free.