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My annual May Day sermon is up, a tradition of impotent railing for the American working class to get angry about the increasing depth of the screwjob being perpetrated on by the richest people the world has ever known.  Do something to organize today, folks, or at the very least, buy union.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/05/01/capitalism-divides-mayday-unites/
Every week brings a new division. As I write my annual May Day sermon, division is everywhere I look.  Following the death of another black man at the hands of the police, a number of Baltimore pol...
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Iiiiiiit's the day after New Comics Wednesday, and you know what that means!  I review randomly selected comics, talk about how much I hate them, and pointedly ignore everyone who asks why it is I spend so much money on them!  This week:  two Convergence books, Outcast, Multiversity, the last issue of Fantastic Four, and MORE!  

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/30/four-colors-to-infinity-brains-in-alabama-edition/
It seems like forever since I've done Four Colors to Infinity, the inexplicable semi-weekly feature where I spend a bunch of money on randomly selected comic books and read them even though I hate ...
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I watched "Daredevil", in which Matt Murdock takes a trip to a fireworks factory played by Vincent D'Onofrio:

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/26/a-man-without-hope/
Netflix's newest original series, Daredevil, is also the latest attempt by Marvel Comics' multimedia engine to dominate the world of serialized television the way it has dominated the world of bloc...
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You probably think, like the majority of Americans, that you can't play the stock market just because you don't have any money and don't know anything about high finance. Well, I'm happy to report that you're wrong, and that I'm partnering with ZedCo to bring you an exciting new development in economic simulation! Behold: StockBlock™.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/23/stock-in-trade/
From ZedCo, makers of such fine online entertainment products as Rotisserie League War Crimes Tribunal™ and FoodWasters Extravaganza™, comes the kind of experience that can not only transform the w...
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There are a lot of ways to make sure poor people stay poor.  One way is to give them extremely limited food options, make sure they have only a small amount of their income to spend on food, and then punish them for 'choosing' to eat food that is cheap and unhealthy.  Another way is to make sure any help they get is attached to so many strings that they either become an automaton of the will of the state, or they simply give up on receiving aid in the first place. 

On food stamps and the recent push to restrict them, based on largely imaginary 'abuse':  

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/07/let-them-eat-steak/
Kicking the poor in the teeth never goes out of style, particularly when questions about the nation's economic future are troubling the minds of many.  Ever since food stamps were introduced in 193...
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Hey! Do you know what, among other things, supporters of my Patreon got in their inboxes today, in spiffy PDF format with lots of bonus material?

- Reviews of "American Crime", "The Slap", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Johnny Guitar", and this month's comic books
- Recaps of the careers of P.J. Harvey, Claude Chabrol, and Jim Steranko
- Articles about cursing in movies and the return of the rockists
- Essays on the 2016 elections, the Paris Commune, and collective punishment in Islam
- An interview with Bob Balaban
- Original short fiction and humor
- An original FIASCO playset, an original fantasy RPG background setting, and a series of adventures for a superhero RPG

That's a lot of pretty good stuff for a minimum of three bucks a month! If you'd like to get these and plenty of other pieces of original writing piping hot to your inbox every month, why not toss a few bucks my way on Patreon? Here's how:

https://www.patreon.com/leonardpierce
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You really can't look for the union label anymore since all the swell 'free trade' agreements we've made have permanently relegated garment-making to 14-year-old Asian girls, but here's a resource that might help:

http://unite-archive.library.cornell.edu/buyunion/promo.html
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I have no arguments in favor of recreational marijuana legalization that its advocates haven't already made a million times since about 1965.  But I'm gonna make 'em anyway. 

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/29/weed-people-problems/
As I write this, I am sitting in an apartment in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.  Six months ago, I was writing from an apartment in the University District of Seattle, Washingt...
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I went to the Siskel Center recently to see the 'vampire Western' "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" by Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour.  Here's what I thought.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/24/the-most-beautiful-fraud-a-girl-walks-home-alone-at-night/
A problem I've always had with Iranian cinema, from Abbas Kiarostami to Asghar Farhadi, is that its films tend to be...how can I put this?  They're a bit deliberate.   A bit studied.  A bit slowly ...
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A few thoughts on my two favorite cinematic genres, film noir and Italian neorealism, and why one has survived while the other has almost entirely disappeared.  Warning:  contains nothing about Star Wars.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/22/no-colors-deep-shadows/
In terms of my own cinematic preferences (which, after all, are the only ones that really matter, right?), no genres, styles, or movements have made more of an impact on me than American film noir ...
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Some thoughts on the continued degradation of Wrigley Field, and what can be done about it.  I'm on your side, Cubs fans!  I want you to be happy!  And that's why you should stop going to games until they dynamite that reeking outdoor toilet your team plays baseball in.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/04/06/war-minus-the-shooting-on-foreign-fields/
I've been to a lot of major league ballparks in my day.  I've seen games at fully half of the existing 30 MLB stadiums, and if you count ballyards that are now defunct or no longer used for basebal...
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I blame the politicians. They talk about this infastructure and send a few billion to fix it. Years later and all to offen they go off to Barbados and south America the money spent elsewhere. 
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To do and see:  first, read this thing I wrote about how today is the anniversary of the Paris Commune, one of the most amazing things that ever happened in human history.  Then go find a copy of Peter Watkins' "La Commune:  Paris, 1871", and see a remarkable man create a remarkable film about one of the most remarkable events of all time.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2015/03/19/the-abolition-of-the-exploitation-of-man-by-man/
Today is the 144th anniversary of the founding of the Paris Commune. One of the most astonishing, inspiring, bitter, tragic, extraordinary, and powerful events in human history, the very nature of ...
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Freelance writer, content editor,semi-professional media intake device.
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Editor, writer, project manager, program planner, administrative and support professional.
Employment
  • Self-Employed
    Freelance Writer, 1987 - present
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Chicago, IL
Previously
Oxnard, CA - Seattle, WA - Glendale, AZ - Phoenix, AZ - Peoria, AZ - Los Angeles, CA - Irving, TX - San Antonio, TX - Columbia Heights, MN - San Carlos, Mexico
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The streets were dark with something more than night.
Introduction
I am a freelance writer and editor in and around Chicago, IL.  I like drinking and sleeping, but I do more of the former than the latter.  I can be found in various haunts, desperately searching for tubed meat.
Bragging rights
I have one of the world's largest collections of impenetrable anecdotes.
Education
  • Arizona State University
    English, 1992 - 1994
  • Glendale Community College
    General, 1988 - 1992
  • Glendale High School
    General, 1983 - 1986
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Slowdeath