Sunday Reading

bft’s reading/listening/watching list (8/28)

Here’s what I’ve been listening to and reading this week. Enjoy! 

Music

Two great subversively religiously albums released this last week. 

The Chairman Dances ‘Time Without Measure’

Time Without Measure

I can’t stop raving about this album! Just look at the track titles. When Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin are in the first song, you gotta know it’s going to be good. 

Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin
Augustine
Fannie Lou Hamer
Thérèse
Jimmy Carter
César Chávez
Kitty Ferguson
Catonsville 9 (Thomas and Marjorie)
Peter Gomes and Nancy Koehn
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Collection: Ars Moriendi B-Sides
The Collection has imaginative lyrics, a profound message of peace, and a joyful sound.

Article

Hypercarceration: A Neoliberal Response to “Surplus Population”
by Jan Rehmann

This was written by my mentor and thesis advisor, Dr. Rehmann. 

Abstract:

The skyrocketing increase of U.S. incarceration rates from the late 1970s onward indicates a particular neoliberal response to what Marx analyzed as the deep-structural production of “surplus population” by capital. This essay reevaluates the classic contributions of Marx and of Rusche and Kirchheimer and relates them to approaches that emphasize racial continuity, from “convict leasing” to the “New Jim Crow” of the current incarceration system. What is needed is a multifaceted approach that accounts for the overdetermination of class and race relations. Today’s U.S. prison system is a particular way of “managing” the devastating social consequences of high-tech capitalism that has lost its hegemonic ability to mobilize its subjects on a “voluntary” basis. A part of the surplus population needs to be sacrificed in a theatrical spectacle in order to keep the working class, the poor, and the threatened middle class complacent and under control.

Sad News

Detroit’s Heidelberg Project will be dismantled over the next two years

I go to the Heidelberg Project every time I visit Detroit. This imaginative folk street art will surely be missed! 

Heldiberg

Snapped this when I visited this past January.

Quiz

What Garden of Earthly Delights Abomination Are You?

I got butt gardener.

 

Standard
Sunday Reading

bft’s reading, listening, & watching list (8.7.16)

It’s the beginning of another week and so it’s time for the reading/watching/listening list of black flag theology!

Enjoy!

Article

71 Years Ago Today, The US Govt Carried Out
One of the Worst Terrorist Acts in the History of the World

The attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were horrendous. Hundreds of thousands dead in an instant and hundreds of thousands have suffered the long-term consequences of radiation. The article linked above is one of better ones I found explaining the bombings through a political lens I can appreciate.

I took this photo today at a peace vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki and for nuclear proliferation.

IMG_4060

Facebook Page

Wokémon provides for leftists a way to enjoy Pokémon. The quote coming from Venusaur’s mouth is by Berta Cáceres, a Honduran human rights and environmental activist, who was murdered earlier this year. I like Wokémon because it is a good access point for Pokémon lovers, including myself, to be introduced to critical theorists, activists, and politicians.

wokemon

Article

5 Things ‘Arthur’ Neglected to Teach Us about Life

Before the craze of Arthur memes, Clickhole wrote the hilarious article linked above. My favorite section is: That You Can Live With Someone For 6 Years And They Can Turn Around And Forget You In A Second

When Buster moved away, he and Arthur kept in touch via postcard, demonstrating that the bonds of friendship are unbreakable. If only Arthur had mentioned that the same can’t be said for romantic relationships, when in the span of one argument, you can go from intertwined souls imprinted on each other’s cellular memories to strangers in the same bed with so much distance between you that it may as well be infinite, until finally there’s nothing left to talk about but the logistics of packing up the IKEA plates as you ring in your new life as a ghost in your own skin. Thanks for nothing, Marc Brown.

Twitter Account

emily nussbaum

When I finish reading Nussbaum’s television review in the New Yorker, I scroll through her tweets. She is on the pulse of pop culture and other than the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR, I more often than not trust her analysis.

 

Standard
Sunday Reading

bft’s reading,listening,&watching list

IMG_4019.JPG

Snapped at 125th Street Station at sunset.

Here’s my weekly list of things I thought were interesting enough to share. Enjoy!

Podcast

Radiolab’s “From Tree to Shining Tree

“Mutual Aid at its finest” would probably be a better title. This episode is about how forests have setup a network of care and communication through fungi. A must listen for those in need of a little hope.

Article

The Smartphone Society

I have re-read, shared, and quoted this article many times. I find it so relevant.

“Smartphones extend the workplace in space and time. Emails can be answered at breakfast, specs reviewed on the train home, and the next day’s meetings verified before lights out. The Internet becomes the place of work, with the office just a dot on the vast map of possible workspaces.”

Movie

Holidays

Over the years, I have become less interested in the genre of horror in movies. It has relied heavily on boding and loud music to accomplish what it did in the past to scare its viewers. But I’m also a sucker for holiday themed movies, so I had to give it a chance. Holidays is an anthology consisting of seven holiday short films by seven directors. Each of them have a surprising spin to these classic holidays that had me wanting each section to be longer than the twenty or so minutes it was allotted. If you like horror, or at least don’t mind it, and enjoy great story telling, Holidays is for you.

Video

Vox presents how freeium gaming apps make money.

Album

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ “PersonA”

I stumbled upon this album today. It will probably be my main album for the week.

Standard
Pop Culture, Sunday Reading

bft’s reading,listening,&watching list

This week I attended my first poetry workshop at a New York Public library. It made me realize how much I miss the structure of school. I may have not enjoyed writing papers or having deadlines, but school brings with it a sense of purpose and form that shaped my time. I thought that I could return to having a simple structure through this blog, that I have been less than faithful to, by attempting to post each day. On Sundays, I have decided to post podcasts, articles, songs, etc., that have inspired or made me think this week. 

sophiscated_cat.PNG

Article

Why Are Voters Angry? It’s the 1099 Economy, Stupid by David Dayen from New Republic

This article sums up many of my frustrations when it comes to describing the US economy.   We are not creating lasting or full time jobs, but rather giving out 1099s that benefit employers, not workers. 1099s do not allow for benefits and, as I have done for the last 6 six years, workers have to save their money to pay for their taxes at one time. Ugh.

Podcast

Sooo many white guys hosted by Phoebe Robinson and WNYC

The concept: a show without the presence of white men. Great! What I sometimes get worried about with this kind of concept though is that then the show continues to discuss one’s relationships with white men, usually comparatively. The barometer for success then is still white men, rather than the persons own worth. I just finished listening to Phoebe’s interview with Ilana Glazer from Broad City and I thought it was incredible. Phoebe asked Ilana about Broad City’s cultural appropriation of black culture and why Ilana is going back to stand-up comedy. Ilana’s responses were spot on and humble. I can’t wait for new episodes.

TV Show

BoJack Horseman, Season 3

Last Friday, Season 3 was released on Netflix and I watched all 12 episodes in two sittings. This season has taken far more creative liberties than either of the two seasons, especially with episode 4, “Fish Out of Water.” I recommend this whole series as it raises the issues of depression, happiness, and loneliness as never have been done.

Song

Phil Collins’ “Take Me Home”

Mr. Robot Season 2, episode 2 has an amazing montage and this song plays in the background. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.

Lastly, Movie Trailers

Marvel’s Luke Cage

Wonder Woman

 Justice League

Super excited for all of these, especially Luke Cage. I wish I was at Comic Con!

 

Thanks for reading, watching, and listening to my recommendations for this week!

 

Standard