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'The Instinct for Cooperation' Breaks Through the Boundaries of the Graphic Novel

Jeffrey Wilson breaks new ground, adding "graphic interview" to the expanding categories of nonfiction comics and introducing Chomsky and his political thoughts to a new audience of readers.

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Populist Revolts and Philosophy: 'The Year of Dreaming Dangerously'

As in his previous work, critic and philosopher Slavoj Žižek challenges the status quo, yet similar to street activists, he sidesteps what must be done for practical reform.

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Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.

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We're All Don Quixote Now: The Betrayal of Tomorrow's Artists

There are those who hate art, hate youth, and hate the poor. As the Occupy movement marks its one year anniversary, its protests have highlighted how a global recession is being used by to beat the creative dreams out of a betrayed generation.

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Agitprop to Occupy My Time: 'In Time' for the Revolution

If fiction and reality could merge, the hero of the film In Time would benefit from listening to Real Time with Bill Maher, who said to the Occupy movement, "When you occupy anything for too long people do get pissed off."

Music

The Audibly Deteriorating Landscape

The ruins of Detroit identified a past that stands in contrast with Techno's futurism, but do the foreclosed homes, uninhabited luxury condos, and padlocked storefronts provide any kind of guide to tomorrow's music?

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Occupying Video: The Underbelly of Globalization Caught on Camera

Occupy Wall Street's strength might be how it enables diverse constituencies to seize upon its imagery and message to engage with social justice concerns, both on the ground and within the video.

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Occupy Everywhere

The Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movements have gone viral. We are everywhere, indeed.

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Art from Protest

From the art inspired by America's Civil Rights movement to today's Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Everywhere demonstrations art, like taking to the streets, is a form of rebellion -- and expression.

Music

Art Endures, Capitalism Degenerates: The Evolving Career of Amanda Palmer

The arts have always suffered and survived in times of economic depression. Amanda Palmer has forged a career that has not only weathered the recession, but rejects the received wisdom of the music industry. Is she an exception to the rule, or an example other artists should follow?

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Tom Waits: Bad As Me

Bad As Me is a bracing, defiant attack against things as usual. Its clash and clatter are combative, but in the end -- and here's what throws the suits off -- utterly beautiful.


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