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Reviews published in 2006
- Shel Silverstein’s The Missing Piece: A Lacanian Reading
- Shel Silverstein’s book The Missing Piece creates a system of relations between beings where the structure of desire is presented without gender, but references a division between beings that resembles gender.
- Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity
- In Outlaws of America, Dan Berger’s history of the Weather Underground, we get a full-color portrait of the reasons why astute young people might want to be revolutionaries. Berger does a good job sketching the causes and justifications of a complex movement, but more than that, this book provides a cultural history of a vanguard of revolutionaries.
- The 2006 Slingshot Organizer
- For those of you outside of the punk rock/anarchist loop, Slingshot is a political collective based out of Berkeley that has been publishing their pocket-sized organizers for a full decade now; using the proceeds to fund their main project, Slingshot Newspaper. The organizer contains a ton of great information...
- Critical Moment
- Ann Arbor—home of the University of Michigan and rousing radical newspapers—has seen fifteen issues of its Critical Moment.
- Walls of Heritage, Walls of Pride—An Author's Reply
- Response to a Bad Review of his book that reeked of self-promotion.
- The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast
A review of the latest album by the San Francisco-based electronic music duo Matmos, arguing that it promotes a politically salutory "listening for context."
- A review of the 2006 film Brick, praising its cinematography and sound-editing, but questioning the value of its relentless referencing of other pictures, particularly those of David Lynch
- Matador publicity shot of Matmos, circa 2006.
- An Inconvenient Truth
- I must say, it’s honestly impressive to hear someone draw the links between problematic human behavior and environmental degradation without making a single solitary inference to the fact that capitalism itself—especially our current hedonistic consumer-based version—is 100% unsustainable and based upon the founding premise of “I’m gonna get mine and screw the rest of you.”
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- Bon Cop, Bad Cop
A Canadian take on the old cop buddy movie genre raises questions about the relationship of language and race.
- "Paris, Je t'aime": Je l'aime, plus ou moins
- This is a film of multiple shorts that each take a neighborhood of Paris for its vignette and statement. Unfortunately, most stick to well-known neighborhoods in the international tourist imagination. The ones that ventured into working class, immigrant or less touristy neighborhoods were among the most creative and moving.
- Benedict's 9/12/06 Speech: Popes Who Live in Stained Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones
- The recent speech by Pope Benedict XVI, wherein he referred to the text of a rusty speech by a Byzantine emperor that cast Islam as an evil and violent religion, aroused a great uproar in the Muslim world.
- Killer Up! by the Up
- The Up were stalwarts at the summertime Sunday free concerts in Ann Arbor Michigan until their dissolution in 1973. The "Killer Up!" collection was assembled from their sparse recordings.
- Critters Buggin @ Neumo's (12/16/06)
Critters Buggin is a Seattle-based ensemble that features experimental saxophonist/keyboardist Skerik, percussionist extraordinaire Mike Dillon, bassist Brad Houser and drummer Matt Chamberlain. This veteran lineup specializes in groove-based experimental music that relies upon heaping doses of polyrhythms, noise and punk/dub influences.