what I'm reading & watching & listening to


Once A Bucknell Professor, Now The Commander of an Ethiopian Rebel Army

Fascinating story about a fascinating man who left his home and family in the states to fight for what he believes in. A lot of great background info about the current political moment in Ethiopia.


The Sun's Tirade Isaiah Rashad

I was a huge fan of Rashad's mixtape, Civilia Demo. This album expands his sound and takes it some interesting new directions.


Edward Snowden’s Long, Strange Journey to Hollywood

Oliver Stone has a hard time making good movies these days. This (often hilarious) chronicle of the production of his upcoming movie Snowden keys you into a few reasons why. 

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Who Works For The Workers?

This n+1 essay from Gabriel Winant is a lucid and comprehensive overview of the struggles facing organized labor in America. You can't be a lefty without knowing what Winant lays out here. 


Fear: The History of a Political Idea

This 2004 book by political scientist and historian Corey Robin tracks the political uses of fear from Thomas Hobbes to The War on Terror. Very illuminating for those who want understand the dynamics of Donald Trump's fear-mongering in the 2016 election, and his attacks on Muslims, Hispanics and other minorities. I love all of Robin's work.