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Joe Sacco's 'Paying the Land' Reflects Journalistic Nuance in a Way Other Media Does Not

The insights Joe Sacco shares in his comics journalism offer important lessons in understanding and compassion to readers around the world. No less so with his latest work, the excellent Paying the Land.

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Pop Music and Cultural Resistance in Nigeria via Apala

A new Soul Jazz Records compilation presents Apala songs, created to reject colonialism and celebrate recent independence in late 1960s Nigeria.

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When the Migrants Come to Collect Their Due: On Suketu Mehta's 'This Land Is Our Land'

Suketu Mehta offers a powerful, angry, and brilliant defense of immigrant rights in This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto.

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Mieke Eerkens 'All Ships Follow Me'  Is a Harrowing Family Memoir Scarred by the Horrors of War

Against the backdrop of Dutch East Indies colonialism and Nazi sympathizers, two families come together amidst the ashes of World War II in Mieke Eerkens' moving family history, All Ships Follow Me.

Music

Videos vs. Colonialism: The Cases of Rammstein and Hatari

Two recent videos from Rammstein and Hatari offer a study in contrasts and speak loudly to the challenges involved in authentically confronting colonialism through popular music.

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Thinking on Dark Matter: 'A Mind Spread Out on the Ground'

In Alicia Elliott's essay collection about colonialism, A Mind Spread Out on the Ground, she compares racism to the elusive role of dark matter in the universe.

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'Heaven and Hell' Offers a Powerful Child's-eye View of Japanese Colonialism

Japanese poet Toriko Takarabe grew up in Japanese-occupied Manchuria and lived to tell the harrowing tale.

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Fracturing to Survive in Tanya Tagaq's 'Split Tooth'

Inuk musician/writer Tanya Tagaq's first novel, Split Tooth, tells a magical, fucked-up story about teenage girls' adolescence in the Arctic.

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At the Crossroads of Pity and Revolt: Intensity and Time in Lino Brocka's 'Manila in the Claws of Light'

Lino Brocka's Manila in the Claws of Light seethes with rage against colonial oppression without ever becoming overt agitprop.

Comics

Oh, Canada! (in Ass-kicking Comics)

It's probably to Canada's credit that it's never produced a best-selling superhero like Captain America. Instead, we've got five comics here that'll thrill one's identity politics for Canada Day -- and kick some ass, too.

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​​Netflix's 'The Crown' Gives Us Insight Into Our 20th Century Sins

For reasons as much aesthetic as intellectual, The Crown can proudly take its place among the highlights of TV's current golden age.

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The Paradox of Sight in the Films of Jean Rouch and Robert Drew

With all of their differences, the insistence that we are moved is integral to the cinematic enterprises of both Jean Rouch and Robert Drew.

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The Classic Shanghai Divas and the Unintended Exoticism of the Taiwanese Bootleg

What does the record collector collect when the desired product is too expensive? Perhaps a bootlegged version shunned by the fussy connoisseur, an untended but degraded gem that ironically coincides with the vibrant decadence of Shanghai's colonial era.

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'Ants Among Elephants' Is a Riveting Account of Left-wing Politics and Casteism in India

Sujatha Gidla's memoir is an example of history as told from down below, by the people who were involved in the labour and caste protests and the women who did the reproductive labour for the revolutionaries.

Games

Colonial Power in 'Dishonored 2'

Emily is no representative of lawful order in an otherwise chaotic world.

Games

'Herald' Attempts the Troubled Waters of the Colonial Narrative

The “colonialism” at play is not between nations, rather it seems more interested in how it influences a man recently come of age.

Games

A Colonist's Fantasy: The Problem with the Fair Fight

Agarest illustrates just how much fun it is to be the scrappy underdog in games without actually being the scrappy underdog. It’s striking how often games suggest that the power of the victim’s moral high ground is equitable to that of the conquistador’s rifle.

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The Problems of the Human Conscious in Albert Camus' 'Algerian Chronicles'

Algerian Chronicles is a stirring and lasting work of moral conviction. Camus illustrates the impossible challenge of pursuing justice in a conflict marked by heinous crimes.

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David Foster Wallace Unpacks Pop Fiction

A newly available syllabus from a 1994 class taught by David Foster Wallace shows a great willingness to engage with mass-market fiction on a critical level.

Games

To Explore or Conquer: Colonialism in 'Expeditions Conquistador'

Somewhere, Expeditions Conquistador has a “right” path. There is a better way to act than the actual conquistadors did. But even the most restrained, responsible, and virtuous expedition is harmful, mired with challenges, and weighed down by the reminders that you are an outsider that poses a threat.

Games

Expeditions Conquistador

Expeditions Conquistador is an alternate history, in which the player is put in the position of South America’s conquerors. Most of the game is centered on exploration and resource management with some sparse but important combat and dialogue trees mixed in. To say the least, it’s extraordinarily bold to handle such sensitive material in such a “game-like” fashion.

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'Minority' Report: 'A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster'

E. M. Forster's experiences epitomise those of the closeted homosexual. He could be the walking definition of the man with the Victorian upbringing who inhabits a dual existence.


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