Wednesday, March 27, 2019

4/14: Book Event for David Ranney's Living and Dying on the Factory Floor

I recently had the honor of speaking with Dave Ranney about his new book Living and Dying on the Factory Floor, a memoir of community organizing and factory work in 1970s-1980s Chicago. The interview, published in Jacobin, can be found here.

Next month Dave will be coming to New York City for three book events co-sponsored by Hard Crackers. My longtime co-conspirator Zhandarka Kurti and I will be co-hosting one of these, April 14th, 6:30pm at McNally Jackson Bookstore, 52 Prince Street, Manhattan. Join us for a dialogue about workplace and community organizing, and the lessons we can draw from Dave's experiences.

Dave will also appear  on 4/13 at 1882 Woodbine, and 4/16 John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Click here for more information.

Be sure to catch Dave while he's in town. And if you haven't picked up the book yet, what are you waiting for?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hard Crackers Issue 6 Release Celebration

Join me and the other New York editors of Hard Crackers for a celebration of Issue 6. Copies will be available, and we will have mercifully short readings.

Freddy's Bar and Backroom
Sunday 3/24, 2pm
627 5th Ave, Brooklyn

From the introduction:

This is the sixth edition of Hard Crackers Magazine. Malcolm X once said about this country, “the South is everything south of the Canadian border.” In keeping with this general principle, we are tackling the South here. The Webster’s Dictionary definition of the word south is “the direction to the right of one facing east.” That’s enough of that. We would rather share the Medgar Evers position, “I don’t know if I’m going to heaven or hell, but I’m going there from the South.”

If you can't make it, pick up a copy here... and once you're doing being a reader, consider becoming a contributor!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Morbid Symptoms, Part II: Attack on Rikers Island

I have published the second of six reviews chronicling the pseudonymous Fred S. Kreider’s Rikers Island Series, a horror franchise set on present-day Rikers Island. In the first installment we met narrator Nicholas Billings, a rookie guard whose scrupulous recounting of guard life at Rikers is often more grim and terrifying than the book’s horror story, constituting detailed workplace writing evincing an intimate knowledge of the island’s institutional life.

In Attack on Rikers Island, the island is beset by an army of malevolent mutant rodents, the legacy of the island's history as a landfill worked upon by forced labor in the early twentieth century.

Two down, four to go.