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"I have not seen the obituaries be less than two pages since September. And it was not just ninety-five-year-olds. Every...
02/10/2021
Inside the Worst-Hit County in the Worst-Hit State in the Worst-Hit Country

"I have not seen the obituaries be less than two pages since September. And it was not just ninety-five-year-olds. Every day, I was like, 'Oh, my God.'" For The New Yorker, Metropolitan author Atul Gawande's harrowing report from Ward County, North Dakota: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/02/15/inside-the-worst-hit-county-in-the-worst-hit-state-in-the-worst-hit-country

When COVID-19 surged through a North Dakota community, a battle with the pandemic became a battle among its residents.

"Jerusalemites and Palestinians have been a center of culture and civilization for millennia." Rashid Khalidi, Metropoli...
02/01/2021
A restored Palestinian library in Jerusalem preserves heritage, encourages research

"Jerusalemites and Palestinians have been a center of culture and civilization for millennia." Rashid Khalidi, Metropolitan author of THE HUNDRED YEARS' WAR ON PALESTINE, in a piece on the meaning and restoration of the historic Khalidi Library. Arab News

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1800226/middle-east

AMMAN: At the turn of the 20th century, Hajj Raghib Al-Khalidi realized he must act to preserve the rich collection of books and manuscripts his family had assembled over many generations. In 1900, the Jerusalem-based intellectual gathered together the many volumes and papers scattered among his ext...

"Engrossing and heartbreaking." —Kirkus Reviews (🌟)"An absorbing account of a visionary project." —Library Journal (🌟)"W...
02/01/2021
Soul City | Thomas Healy | Macmillan

"Engrossing and heartbreaking." —Kirkus Reviews (🌟)
"An absorbing account of a visionary project." —Library Journal (🌟)
"Wistful and well-documented history." —Publishers Weekly
The trades have spoken! SOUL CITY by Thomas Healy is out tomorrow!
https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627798624

The fascinating, forgotten story of the 1970s attempt to build a city dedicated to racial equality in the heart of “Klan Country”In 1969, with America’...

Tonight, 7:30pm EST, join Metropolitan author Astra Taylor, Wendy Brown, and Marques “Mark” Vestal for a virtual discuss...
01/30/2021
Sundance 2021 Beyond Film Programming : Jacob Burns Film Center

Tonight, 7:30pm EST, join Metropolitan author Astra Taylor, Wendy Brown, and Marques “Mark” Vestal for a virtual discussion of Astra's stirring new film YOU ARE NOT A LOAN, hosted by Jacob Burns Film Center. https://burnsfilmcenter.org/virtual-events/sundance-2021-beyond-film-programming/

While we couldn’t open for in-person Sundance festival screenings, we’re pleased to announce that these Sundance Beyond Film Programming events, all virtual, will still take place during the week of the festival. These events include films and conversations with friends and artists from our comm...

Enormous congratulations to beloved Steven Appleby, whose wondrous graphic novel DRAGMAN was just awarded Special Jury P...
01/29/2021
Dragman

Enormous congratulations to beloved Steven Appleby, whose wondrous graphic novel DRAGMAN was just awarded Special Jury Prize in the 2021 Festival d'Angoulême! 💃✨ https://www.bdangouleme.com/selections-officielles-2021/album/16

Dragman n’est pas un superhéros comme les autres. Pour être capable de voler, il doit se déguiser en femme. Mais il n’a pas envie de ternir sa réputation d’homme marié et bon père de famille, même s’il adore se travestir… Cruel dilemme pour le héros de cette fantaisie à l’esprit...

"For the last decade, pundits have been announcing the imminent demise of conservatism [and] have celebrated the coming ...
01/28/2021
Can President Joe Biden mend a torn America?

"For the last decade, pundits have been announcing the imminent demise of conservatism [and] have celebrated the coming triumph of multicultural liberalism, the awakening of a generation. Will Trumpism’s collapse into madness and violence finally turn their predictions into reality?"

Metropolitan author Thomas Frank for Le Monde diplomatique:

https://mondediplo.com/2021/02/02usa

Open access // by Thomas Frank (Le Monde diplomatique - English edition, February 2021)

"Anyone trying to wrap their heads around Thanksgiving myths about Pilgrims and Indians while also acknowledging their r...
01/27/2021
Books: Thi Bui delves deep into the immigrant and refugee experience

"Anyone trying to wrap their heads around Thanksgiving myths about Pilgrims and Indians while also acknowledging their role in the occupation of lands stolen from indigenous people and the continued demand for fossil fuels and other resources that has brought us to a state of climate emergency needs to read this incredible work of comics journalism by a masterful researcher, storyteller, and artist."

Hats off to Thi Bui for strongly recommending Joe Sacco and PAYING THE LAND:

https://www.marinij.com/2021/01/26/books-thi-bui-delves-deep-into-the-immigrant-and-refugee-experience-2/

Oakland author-illustrator continues to win acclaim for ‘The Best We Could Do’

"The trap is not only the material circumstances people are in, but also the shame that keeps us from fighting back." Ta...
01/26/2021
You Are Not a Loan

"The trap is not only the material circumstances people are in, but also the shame that keeps us from fighting back."

Take time to watch YOU ARE NOT A LOAN, a new film by Astra Taylor on the work of the Debt Collective (and featuring fellow Metropolitan author Andrew Ross!):

https://theintercept.com/2021/01/25/student-debt-you-are-not-a-loan-film/

Activists and academics discuss the crisis of higher education and the growing movement to cancel student debt and make college free for all.

"At the rate of 1 million vaccinations a day, with two doses required per person, it would take the United States until ...
01/25/2021
Opinion | Biden’s covid-19 strategy should be applauded. Here’s where it can go further.

"At the rate of 1 million vaccinations a day, with two doses required per person, it would take the United States until the summer of 2022 to reach herd immunity. Surely that’s not the moonshot to which we should aspire."

Excellent op-ed by Metropolitan author Dr. Leana Wen in The Washington Post:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/01/21/bidens-covid-19-strategy-should-be-applauded-heres-where-it-can-go-further/

To meet the moment, President Biden must be even bolder.

"A typical caricature, where the artist makes fun of a person’s weight or other characteristics, can be easily dismissed...
01/25/2021
The Stories Behind Donald Trump’s TIME Covers

"A typical caricature, where the artist makes fun of a person’s weight or other characteristics, can be easily dismissed. I strive to make images that bypass all of that and hit closer to the bone.”

Artist and Metropolitan author Edel Rodriguez for TIME:

https://ti.me/39FDBli

Donald Trump finishes his term with 35 covers of TIME Magazine. Here are the stories behind them all.

Especially wonderful addition to this year's NIGHT OF IDEAS at Brooklyn Public Library: Metropolitan author Astra Taylor...
01/25/2021
A Night of Philosophy and Ideas

Especially wonderful addition to this year's NIGHT OF IDEAS at Brooklyn Public Library: Metropolitan author Astra Taylor. RSVP now to join Ai Weiwei, Patti Smith, Hari Kunzru, and many other luminaries this Thursday, January 28, starting at 6:00pm EST:
https://nightofphilosophyandideas.com/about

We're pulling a philosophical all-nighter at Central Library. Join us for debates, performances, readings, exhibits and more with the world’s most renowned philosophers.

"Some might think the Biden Jubilee 100 are making a radical demand. They are not. Cancelling all student debt is actual...
01/22/2021
Student debt is a curse upon America's future. Biden must wipe it out—all of it | Opinion

"Some might think the Biden Jubilee 100 are making a radical demand. They are not. Cancelling all student debt is actually a step toward restoring the status quo and returning to the principles the American public university system was founded on....The fact is, cancelling all student debt would help all of us—even people like me who long ago paid off their student loans."

Metropolitan author Astra Taylor for Newsweek:

https://www.newsweek.com/student-debt-biden-wipe-out-1563808

The loans hamper home ownership and dampens entrepreneurialism. Cancelling all student debt would provide an economic boost of up to $108 billion a year and create millions of jobs.

“Why would people who work in a science-based field, who see covid all around them, and its consequences, still act this...
01/11/2021
Healthcare Workers Are Refusing the COVID Vaccine Because No One Is Immune to Bad Ideas

“Why would people who work in a science-based field, who see covid all around them, and its consequences, still act this way?"

Shayla Love and Metropolitan author Anna Merlan for VICE on vaccine skepticism among healthcare workers:

https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7mpgy/healthcare-workers-are-refusing-the-covid-vaccine-because-no-one-is-immune-to-bad-ideas

Medical professionals, unfortunately, are as prone to hesitancy and misinformation as the rest of us.

"To an immigrant like myself, America is a dream. It is a dream that one struggles and perseveres to attain. These actio...
01/08/2021
New Yorker cover captures a nation’s mourning after Capitol riot

"To an immigrant like myself, America is a dream. It is a dream that one struggles and perseveres to attain. These actions by the president and his supporters shatter that dream."

On Metropolitan author Edel Rodriguez's first cover for The New Yorker:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/01/08/new-yorker-capitol-riot-flag/

Artist Edel Rodriguez draws upon his view of the American Dream as a Cuban immigrant.

"Magisterial. . . In [a painful and tragic history] Sacco finds images of hope for the Dene people and, by their example...
01/05/2021
20 Best Art Books of 2020

"Magisterial. . . In [a painful and tragic history] Sacco finds images of hope for the Dene people and, by their example, for a world facing environmental collapse."

Delightfully, last month The Brooklyn Rail named PAYING THE LAND a Best Art Book of 2020:

https://brooklynrail.org/2020/12/art_books/20-Best-Art-Books-of-2020

To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Rail, our editors and writers have selected our favorite art books from the past year. Many of the titles reflect a year spent mostly at home, often in isolation. What follows is a selection of what kept us company during this difficult year, kept us...

Consider consuming this wonderful, assiduous The Future Is A Mixtape episode on American democracy inspired by all of Me...
01/05/2021
038: Democracy or Death — The Future Is A Mixtape

Consider consuming this wonderful, assiduous The Future Is A Mixtape episode on American democracy inspired by all of Metropolitan author Astra Taylor's pathbreaking books, films, organizing:

https://www.thefutureisamixtape.com/episodes/2020/12/28/038-democracy-or-death

In the annals of Occupy Wall Street, in what seem like distant folktales, hundreds of sites burst open like wildflowers in the morning light of 2011. Born by water and sunlight, but pitched by wind and dirt, one encampment after another would rise only to be crushed by the brutal boot of the State b

"If we’re serious about civilian control of the military — and we should be as citizens — then we ought to have a bona f...
12/14/2020
Andrew Bacevich on Why Retired General and Raytheon Official Lloyd Austin Should Not Head Pentagon

"If we’re serious about civilian control of the military — and we should be as citizens — then we ought to have a bona fide civilian in charge of the Pentagon."

Metropolitan author Andrew Bacevich for Democracy Now! on President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for defense secretary:

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/12/11/joe_biden_lloyd_austin_pentagon

Joe Biden’s nominee for defense secretary, retired four-star Army General Lloyd Austin, would make history as the first African American to lead the Pentagon if confirmed by the Senate. But Austin can only be confirmed if he secures a waiver from Congress due to laws designed to preserve the civil...

"It seems strange to me that people spoke so much of authoritarianism under Trump when what we’ve been seeing for years ...
12/10/2020
“Almost the Complete Opposite of Fascism”

"It seems strange to me that people spoke so much of authoritarianism under Trump when what we’ve been seeing for years now, including the Trump years, is political impotence, the absence of political will. And without the left getting its act together, I don’t see that changing any time soon."

In case you missed Metropolitan author Corey Robin for Jewish Currents:

https://jewishcurrents.org/almost-the-complete-opposite-of-fascism/

A conversation with Corey Robin on the surprisingly weak presidency of Donald Trump

“The bus drivers never came before the bankers before.”Metropolitan author Atul Gawande for The New Yorker on the challe...
12/04/2020
Atul Gawande on Coronavirus Vaccines and Prospects for Ending the Pandemic

“The bus drivers never came before the bankers before.”

Metropolitan author Atul Gawande for The New Yorker on the challenges of vaccine rollout in a deeply divided society:

https://www.newyorker.com/news/the-new-yorker-interview/atul-gawande-on-coronavirus-vaccines-and-prospects-for-ending-the-pandemic

The New Yorker staff writer, now a member of President-elect Biden’s COVID-19 advisory board, discusses when a vaccine might be ready for distribution, who should receive it, and whether eradicating the virus is possible.

This Saturday, December 5 at 11pm ET, tune in to BookTV on C-SPAN2 for Metropolitan author Astra Taylor's invigorating c...
12/03/2020
Author Discussion on Democracy in America

This Saturday, December 5 at 11pm ET, tune in to BookTV on C-SPAN2 for Metropolitan author Astra Taylor's invigorating conversation with Angela Davis on the fight for democracy today. Haymarket Books https://www.c-span.org/video/?477137-1/author-discussion-democracy-america

Activist and writer Angela Davis and journalist Astra Taylor examined what is democracy and what it means today. This virtual event was sponsored by Haymarket Books and Jacobin magazine.

"It looked like a long face plant from the penthouse—except it wasn’t."Metropolitan author Quinn Slobodian for New State...
12/02/2020
Donald Trump is once more walking away from failure at a profit

"It looked like a long face plant from the penthouse—except it wasn’t."

Metropolitan author Quinn Slobodian for New Statesman:

https://www.newstatesman.com/world/north-america/2020/12/donald-trump-once-more-walking-away-failure-profit

At the end of history, Donald Trump appeared to be going bankrupt. As the Cold War came to a bloodless finale on the rubble of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the tycoon was presiding over a dissolving empire. Having entered the club of billionaires a year or so earlier, by August 1990, Trump owed $3.2bn t...

"To me, populism means a mass, multiracial coalition of workers coming together for economic democracy....It drove me cr...
11/30/2020
Anti-Populism with Thomas Frank - The Dig

"To me, populism means a mass, multiracial coalition of workers coming together for economic democracy....It drove me crazy when people started using 'populism' as shorthand for racial demagoguery."

For The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine, Metropolitan authors Astra Taylor and Thomas Frank discuss Tom's scorching history of anti-populism, THE PEOPLE, NO:

https://www.thedigradio.com/podcast/anti-populism-with-thomas-frank/

Guest host Astra Taylor interviews Thomas Frank about his book The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism. From The Dig archives on populism: Universalizing American Liberty with Aziz Rana ...

We are so thrilled that The Guardian has named all three Metropolitan graphic novels of 2020—DRAGMAN by Steven Appleby, ...
11/30/2020
Best comics and graphic novels of 2020

We are so thrilled that The Guardian has named all three Metropolitan graphic novels of 2020—DRAGMAN by Steven Appleby, Joe Sacco's PAYING THE LAND, and WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan—to their best-of, year-end list:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/nov/28/best-comics-and-graphic-novels-of-2020

An award-winning tale of rival ice-cream sellers, a migrant Syrian family’s experiences of the US and a superhero in drag are just some of the highlights

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