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Two years ago, I wrote a short story in response to Eric Garner and Michael Brown that, despite much praise, proved too controversial for any literary journal to publish. Silence is not an option when it comes to stopping violence. In the wake of this week's shootings, I cannot let this unsettling piece of fiction sit any longer. So I have decided to publish it in the hope that it will help readers to make sense and find solutions to the great American nightmare.
http://www.edrants.com/fiction-to-serve-and-protect/
Two years ago, I wrote a short story about police brutality that proved too controversial for any literary journal to publish. In the wake of recent shootings, I have decided to publish the story here in the hopes that it will help a few readers to come to understanding about our current American nightmare and find a few solutions.
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For Audio Drama Sunday, I chatted with Andrew Kaberline of Critical Point Theatre about The Grayscale, a The Twilight Zone-style anthology that started off mimicking Serling before it eventually found its own voice and won awards. The Grayscale is unique among audio drama productions because it operates out of a nonprofit theatre. We had quite an energetic conversation about production, figuring out how to make an audio drama as you go along, and attempting to persuade cats to record ideal sounds into a microphone.
http://www.edrants.com/audio-drama-sunday-the-grayscale-a-conversation-with-andrew-kaberline/
For Audio Drama Sunday, we chat with writer-director Andrew Kaberline about The Grayscale, a production that started out as a Twilight Zone knockoff before finding its voices and winning awards.
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For Audio Drama Sunday, the marvelous Lauren Shippen Harrington and I had a lengthy chat about The Bright Sessions, her amazing podcast about a psychotherapist and her mysterious patients. We talked about how Los Angeles traffic can be inspirational, dialogue, YA, what audio drama can do for genre that other forms can't, and got a little geeky about the movie Clue.
http://www.edrants.com/audio-drama-sunday-the-bright-sessions-a-conversation-with-lauren-shippen/
To celebrate Audio Drama Sunday, we chat with Lauren Shippen, creator and producer of The Bright Sessions, in a wide-ranging conversation about how Los Angeles traffic can be inspirational, YA, therapy dialogue, genre, the 1985 movie Clue, and neck snapping.
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On occasion of Jane Jacobs's 100th birthday, I've written an essay on her call for urban diversity, the fight to save Washington Square Park, and Peter Laurence's excellent new bio.
http://www.edrants.com/the-great-urban-legacy-of-jane-jacobs/
On her 100th birthday, we celebrate Jane Jacobs's contributions to urban diversity, her fight to save Washington Square Park, and examine how a new biography reveals the early kernels of her thinking.
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It took me six weeks to get around to writing about Kathleen Spivack's wonderful novel, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS (for reasons that are explained in this essay). But I'm grateful to Ms. Spivack for causing me to reassess my feelings about magical realism, which I have decided to embrace thanks in part to her vivacious book. I also compare one of the troublesome novels that led me astray with the artistic contributions from the director of WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S.
http://www.edrants.com/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-magical-realism/
How a vivacious debut novel from a septuagenarian allowed me to come to terms with a long-standing literary prejudice.
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Well, this took more time to put together than I anticipated, but my next essay in the Modern Library Nonfiction Reading Challenge is up. It concerns William Appleman Williams's THE CONTOURS OF AMERICAN HISTORY, features a consideration of revisionist historians and progressivism, and begins to get into why I'm pissed off about Andrew Jackson (although my full thoughts on Old Hickory will have to wait until Modern Library Nonfiction #36, when I contend with the Arthur Schlesinger volume). Despite my modest complaints, I really enjoyed reading Williams and feel that anyone interested in the strange brew of liberalism and imperialism that has been fueling this nation for a while will get a good deal out of him.
http://www.edrants.com/the-contours-of-american-history-modern-library-nonfiction-94/v
In the latest Modern Library essay, we examine the somewhat overlooked progressive scholar William Appleman Williams, consider the value of revisionist historians, and get a little pissed off at Andrew Jackson.
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In my latest Audio Drama Sunday interview, the incomparable Mischa Stanton and I chatted at length about ars PARADOXICA, eccentric scientists, placing hard limits on time travel narratives, and how characters and stories inevitably change no matter how well you plan a grand narrative.
http://www.edrants.com/audio-drama-sunday-ars-paradoxica-a-conversation-with-mischa-stanton/
We talk with Mischa Stanton, the producer of a time travel audio drama involving scientists, secret codes, and the Cold War, about how ars PARADOXICA came into being and what its future is.
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If you have not yet listened to Wooden Overcoats, you're missing out on one of the best British comedies in years. For Audio Drama Sunday, I had a very long conversation with David K. Barnes (head writer) and one Felix Trench (formidable co-conspirator) about what went into making this, how they were able to recruit so many major actors, why Mr. Barnes is obsessed with the tiniest details, and what it takes to plan squeaks for a mouse. Wooden Overcoats is currently conducting a Kickstarter campaign to make Season 2. So be sure to stop by there as well!
http://www.edrants.com/audio-drama-sunday-wooden-overcoats-a-conversation-with-david-k-barnes-felix-trench/
Wooden Overcoats may be one of the best British comedies in years. But you won't find it on the BBC or Netflix and you won't find it in theaters. To celebrate Audio Drama Sunday, we conducted a lengthy chat with head writer David K. Barnes and his nimble co-conspirator Felix Trench to find out how this hilarious and independent production was put together.
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At long last, my latest Modern Library essay is up -- covering Robert A. Caro's incredible biography The Power Broker and focusing on how Robert Moses became such a remarkable tyrant. The essay also features a paean to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and documents how the Gowanus Expressway came to be built. If you haven't read THE POWER BROKER, you really need to. It's one of the greatest biographies of the last fifty years.
http://www.edrants.com/the-power-broker-modern-library-nonfiction-92/
Robert Moses was one of the most tyrannical urban planners in American history, keeping a tight political rein over New York City. How did he manage to seize so much power for so long?
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Thomas Frank and I had a lengthy and quite vivacious Q&A about LISTEN, LIBERAL, his new book-length argument that will beget argument with nearly anyone who reads it. We chatted quite a bit about how and why the Democratic Party has betrayed the working class, what to do with the progressive Democrats who don't fit within Frank's thesis, whether professionals should be entirely blamed for these developments, and what the future holds for "bold, persistent experimentation" to redress income inequality and other national ills.
http://www.edrants.com/a-conversation-with-thomas-frank/
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On Monday, Susan Sarandon appeared on Chris Hayes's program. As I argue in this essay, Sarandon's remarks about "revolution" are hardly as severe as they have been presented, willfully distorted by pro-Hillary types who have needlessly discounted important conversations that we need to have about our broken system.
http://www.edrants.com/in-defense-of-susan-sarandon-how-the-pro-hillary-media-distorted-a-vital-dialogue/
Susan Sarandon's recent remarks on "revolution" have been distorted by a terrified cadre of pro-Hillary media types that have willfully overlooked important observations about how to rectify a broken system.
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My latest Modern Library essay, tackling Richard Hofstadter's THE GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION and whether or not Hofstadter was a consensus historian, has just been posted. It also compares William Jennings Bryan to Fargo's Jerry Lundegaard and points to some of Abraham Lincoln's fascinating political tactics.
http://www.edrants.com/the-american-political-tradition-modern-library-nonfiction-93/
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