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Reviews published during 2002.
2002 Double Exposure
Charlie Bertsch
How can we define the relationship between Beck and The Beatles unless we abandon the idea that the 1960s marked the dawn of an across-the-board postmodern aesthetic?
2002 Boom: The Sound of Eviction
Megan Prelinger
For San Francisco residents, the dot-com bubble was a macro event that writ itself large on our landscape. Boom: The Sound of Eviction is a film that documents the impact of the bubble on one neighborhood, the historically Hispanic, working-class Mission district.
2002 Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Charlie Bertsch
The student-led uprising that swept France in May, 1968 was self-consciously decentered. But we have a hard time understanding political action that has not been planned. So a center was manufactured.
2002 The Unfinished Twentieth Century
Nathan Keene
If Jonathan Schell had been willing to look history in the eye, he could have made an acutely insightful little book of his essay The Unfinished Twentieth Century instead of the gaseous piece of disingenuous piety he wound up with.
2002 War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War on Iraq
Megan Prelinger
Rai's fact-packed prose is educative and persuasive. Yet an even greater strength of this book is that it also includes an array of appeals against the war.
2002 Bowling for Columbine
Megan Prelinger
A rant on gun control? That's what I expected when I went to this movie.
2002 McSweeney's, Issue #7
Charlie Bertsch
In less than a decade, McSweeney's has developed the sort of brand loyalty that most publishers will never attain.
2002 Surrealist Subversions: Rants, Writings & Images by the Surrealist Movement
Kari Lyderson
Surrealist Subversions, recently published by Autonomedia, covers just about everything under the sun in relation to surrealism in the U.S.
2002 Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917 (Part I)
Michael Gretz
The postmodernists and liberal multiculturalists, today's Bernstein's and Kautskys--our contemporary Plekhanovs and Martovs, beware!
2002 Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917 (Part II)
Michael Gretz
This is an excellent book, which--if it does nothing else--reminds all us closet Leninists that the meaning of the legacy inaugurated by this master revolutionary is still up for grabs, still yet to be decided.
2002 Viva Posada
Kari Lydersen
The world of Jose Guadalupe Posada is a world of skeletons. Female skeletons grinning garishly below fancy plumed hats; skeleton dolled up in tailcoat and boots; an army of skeletons revolting against a tassel-shouldered general.
2002 West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir
Charlie Bertsch
Blum wants to relate the major experiences of his life as an American leftist, from protesting the war in Vietnam to supporting Ralph Nader's 2000 Presidential campaign.
2002 Tel Aviv Aftermath
Joe Lockard
Electronic music has an aesthetic affinity with apocalypticism. More than most other contemporary music genres, electronica can capture the wordlessness and rage of end-of-days culture, voicing fears born of entrapment within existential threat.
2002 Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today
Barry Marshall
This book has arrived at a crucial point for many radicals and should be welcomed by us all. The recent mass anti-capitalist mobilizations, great explosions of energy and refusal, were mere crashing waves betraying a greater tidal surge...
2002 The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent
Joe Lockard
Israel's left has rarely been as active as today, with many new anti-occupation and social opposition groups forming, and yet simultaneously so completely marginalized.
2002 Frontline 1993-97: Rarities and Remixes
Joe Lockard
For most of the past decade, Asian Dub Foundation has embodied and emblematized the furious energies that pour out of London's increasingly multicultural underground music community as it slashes through the remnants of ethnic genre.
2002 Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory
Joe Lockard
Sweatshop Warriors is a hopeful defense against dark visions of labor's future; it lights hope. Louie has written a clear and compelling book that details the working conditions and union-organizing struggles among Chinese, Chicana, Mexican, Korean, Thai and other women in the US garment, food service and other industries.
2002 9/11
Joe Lockard
Chomsky lives in a Newtonian universe of leftism where political mass and gravitational effects are predictable, and where good and bad actors spin in a foreordained social dance. All political developments are subject to interpretation within this now-ossified model, enunciated beginning with his opposition to the Vietnam War in the 1960s.
2002 Storytelling
Jayson Harsin
Todd Solondz's latest film, Storytelling, is a critical probing of multiculturalism, the ideology of American individualism, and the politics of talking about them.
2002 Sejm Debates on EU Accession
Joe Lockard
To almost no notice in the United States, the European Union is in the middle of a political and intellectual revolution. Internal European debates on membership expansion and a pan-European constitution have created a social discussion reminiscent of the Federalist debates in the United States.
2002 Boheme de Cristal
Joe Lockard
Lo 'Jo is the sort of performance group thrown up and supported by culture budgets in western Europe, which create and maintain local arts at a level and manner unimaginable in the United States.
2002 Direct Action: Memoirs Of An Urban Guerilla
Bill Mithoefer
Direct Action fused together a variety of different post-sixties ideologies. Their lifestyle encompassed an anarcho-communist spirit, with thought informed by social ecology, radical pacifism and the anti-pornographic feminism popular in Canada during the time.
2002 Brotherhood of the Wolf
Arturo J. Aldama
Although Gans' colonialist worldview and orientalizing tendencies are problematic, recent trends in French cinema need to be applauded for pushing the envelope on sexuality and violence and continuing the subversive anti-bourgeois goals of new wave cinema in new spaces of aesthetic hybridity.
2002 Self-Titled
Joe Lockard
This first self-released album is revolutionary only in it's irredeemable shallowness.
2002 Live in Conversation, Chicago 4/25/02
Jason Harsin
At the end of April, I attended The Center for Public Intellectuals' debate between Richard Rorty and Richard Posner on the role and status of the public intellectual in American society today.
2002 Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975
Aaron Shuman
At the outset, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz warns us that it is difficult to extract from those years the seminal threads of my political radicalism and hard-core feminism...
2002 Jumping The Line: The Adventures And Misadventures Of An American Radical
Bill Mithoefer
If William Herrick never existed, someone would have invented him. His memoir spans a time period from 1915, when he lay in his crib beneath portraits of Trotsky and Lenin in communist, Jewish Trenton, New Jersey to the hell of contradictions in the Spanish Civil War and back.
2002 Students Against Sweatshops
Charlie Bertsch
The book tells the story of students who took the lesson of deep ecology to heart: the best way to care for one's own garden is to pay attention to the world beyond its walls.
2002 Pacifism as Pathology
J.C. Meyers
To be on the Left in the US is to support gun control at home and to oppose military actions abroad. Thus the strangeness of Ward Churchill's Pacifism as Pathology, an attack on Left pacifism motivated by the author's chilly reception at the Midwest Radical Therapy Association when trying to acquaint his colleagues with the workings of a Heckler & Koch assault rifle.
2002 Fall 2001 Releases
John Brady
Electronica is interesting for sure. Culturally valuable, too. But political? I wonder.
2002 New York Is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz
Aaron Shuman
New York Is Now! is the first work to give book-length treatment to some of the New York musicians who carried free jazz from its late 60s' heyday to its 1990s' revival as the latest 'new thing' for jaded rock heads to discover.
2002 At Full Speed: Hong Kong Cinema in a Borderless World
Daniel Burton Rose
Speed. Fire. Guns and swords. Melodramatic male-bonding amid ultraviolence. As Hong Kong cinema flashed around the world in the '90s, this is what it became known for.
2002 September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond
Joe Lockard
The expressive sluices of the American nation are open and this first anniversary of September 11, 2001 has witnessed a deluge of spiel-on-automatic, with worse to come.
2002 Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil
Scott Schaeffer
Evil appears to be but a bit player in Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil. Or at least that's how it seems. The book begins with crucial philosophical questions that seem to be even more crucial in the Bush Years (redux): Is the concept of Man dead?
2002 The Battle of Seattle: The New Challenge to Capitalist Globalization
Chris Dixon
Bringing together contributions from some fifty radicals stretching around the globe, this book is a welcome breath of fresh air. Although it is dated by its obvious composition before the events of September 11, 2001, the vibrancy and the lessons are even more necessary and relevant today.

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