When I requested an interview from Barbara Browning to talk about her new novel, The Gift, she agreed and asked if I had a favorite song she could cover for me on the ukulele. Browning possesses many gifts—she is an accomplished dancer, novelist, performance artist, theorist, teacher, and self-described amateur musician—and The Gift is a rumination on the relationship between artistic giftedness and gift economies, an idea Browning borrowed from Lewis Hyde’s text by the same name....more
Posts Tagged: Occupy Wall Street
In the imagined scenario wherein my apartment burns to the ground and I lose all my worldly possessions, there are just a few things I would miss—family photographs (of course), an old wooden trunk my grandmother reupholstered and that I used to store my toys as a child, and the book, John Black’s Body....more
Rumpus contributor Adam Wilson sat down with Tobias Carroll over at the Tottenville Review to discuss Wilson’s latest collection of stories, What’s Important is Feeling. Wilson reveals his interests in Occupy Wall Street and social class, observing:
And then I went away to college and went, “Oh, wait–I really do come from this incredibly privileged background.” And I had to reshape a lot of my thinking about it.
“No matter how you feel about the whole thing, what can’t be denied is that millions of people feel betrayed. The people held up their end of the bargain and rightly feel that they got sold out.”
At Guernica, Matthew Newton interviews Sean Stewart, former owner of the now closed Babylon Falling, a radical bookstore and gallery space in San Francisco, and editor of On The Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the US....more
The band Aeroplane Pageant and novelist, musician and Rumpus contributor Rick Moody have collaborated on a new version of a song from the band’s recent album, Float Above the Yard. Moody’s remix of the song “Big Little Wolfs” is ambient and drifting without being lulling, a place (near the docks) as much as a song....more
On Thursday, November 17th, thousands of students gathered in Union Square Park as part of a mass strike in solidarity of the Occupy Wall Street Movement....more
The Awl assembles a list of the 26 reporters arrested (so far) covering Occupy Wall Street stories and reveals what they do and who they are.
“Only seven of the 25 arrested are full-time employed traditional news-gathering employees. A number were student reporters; a few were interns; a larger number were freelancers....more
After this morning’s eviction of Zuccotti Park, the 5,000 books that encompassed the People’s Library have depressingly ended up in a dumpster. However, writers are planning to restock the People’s Library this evening in Liberty Plaza.
“Authors will bring their books, readers will bring their favorite books to donate and together we will rebuild to create the revolution this country needs,” according to the Library’s blog....more
Yesterday was Veterans Day and the American Occupation of America was focused on its members who have served in the armed forces.
In the hot front city of Oakland, Scott Olsen, the first veteran seriously injured when police fired ordinance against their fellow American citizens, was released from the hospital, and much more is going on as well....more
The demands on Occupy Wall Street far outnumber the demands by Occupy Wall Street — because occupiers don’t demand, they exist and they triumph by using their existence to overwrite the host. But unlike an invading army, we don’t have to win over hearts and minds because we are the hearts and minds....more
Well this is going to be something.
Oakland’s general strike is today. Organizers are expecting tens of thousands of people. Almost every labor union has endorsed, and students will be walking out all over the Bay Area (solidarity statements here)....more
The big stories surrounding the Occupy Wall Street movement seem to center around police brutality, but in a lot of cities, occupiers and police are working together peacefully.
Much of the pushback against the Occupy movement has come in the form of claims that income inequality isn’t really a problem....more
Dahlia Lithwick says one of the best things about #OWS is the way it confuses the media and pundit class.
KJ Dell’Antonia asks if Occupy Wall Street is a teachable moment?
Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who was in critical condition after being struck in the head by an OPD projectile, has been upgraded to fair condition....more
Some Tea Party activists are pushing back on the idea that they have anything in common with Occupy Wall Street. I’ll give them this much–the Tea Party is much better at coming up with sexually explicit nicknames for themselves.
Oakland’s occupation is being attacked by right-wingers, and the city has had enough–of the protest, that is....more
J Smooth of Ill Doctrine breaks down the big thing Occupy Wall Street is doing–identifying the ringers in the 3-card monte game.
Seems like the efforts to demonize Occupy Wall Street are, for the moment, failing.
So is the attempt to cast tax increases on the wealthy as class warfare....more
Laughter Against The Machine is putting on a free show this Friday, October 21st (tomorrow!) in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. If you’re in New York, get your laughter on at The Epifaneo (near Zuccotti Park) from 9-11 pm.
Plus, LATM will visit the Occupy Together sites in each city left on their tour....more
Remember that NYPD deputy commander who pepper-sprayed protesters for apparently no reason at all? He’s facing disciplinary charges which could result in him losing 10 whole vacation days.
The Guardian had a debate/conversation between protesters from Occupy Wall Street, London and Frankfurt....more
The Occupy Wall Street protests enter their second month, and have started to garner a lot more media attention. One of the people responsible for that attention is NYPD Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, who spun a protestor around and punched him in the face....more
Saturdays may belong to me, but today I belong to Occupy Des Moines. We’re marching to the Wells Fargo building this morning, located at 666 Walnut St. Not making that up. Feel free to post your own occupation stories in the comments today....more
Last night, as part of the Occupy SF Art and Performance Series, Foxtails Brigade, Sherilynn Connelly, and others came out to support the protestors at Bierman Park. By pretty much all accounts, it was incredible.
Foxtails Brigade—with Laura Weinbach, Anton Patzner (Judgement Day, Bright Eyes), Jo Lewis (Os Beaches, F-Pod B-Pod) and Jascha Hoffman—even played an encore presentation at the main camp in front of the Federal Reserve when they finished at Bierman....more