are some other subjects Soft Skull Press should
consider doing books on?
seeming shift in the woven relationship of political
and commercial pursuits in favor of the latter.
It seems the relationship has always been understood
to be a part of the society/culture, but perhaps
in a less one-sided manner. Does this affect
the tenor of either, the effectiveness of either,
the levels of participation in either?
the increasing presence of surveillance technology,
how municipalities, private interests, and citizens
are affected. Who is benefiting? How are arrest
rates/convictions affected? What legal precedents
through appeals have been established? How much
money is generated through camera issued traffic
tickets? What other cultural developments can
be seen as connected: reality TV, souvenir photos
of people at events, webcam driven sites, surveillance
equipment sales, etc...?
all means though, stick to your political conscience,
it's what will always separate you from the
rest and that consistency will be your strength
as a publisher.
would be interested in more books that detail
or are influenced by the so-called punk culture,
such as the current offerings, "Dance of Days"
and the Seth Tobocman book. In general, I really
like books that comprehensively look at and
analyze alternative "scenes," including political,
music (especially punk, but really all scenes),
and poetry/literature. I like to read what interested
and influenced the people behind these scenes,
why they first got involved, what obstacles
they had to overcome, what they now think of
their movements/scenes, their regrets, etc.
Basically, what makes them tick.
say since this is a punk rock/activist press,
it should stick with subjects it knows. I personally
think you guys are doing a great job. how about
prison writing? Not from like Mumia or Peltier
but from a petty thug or a crack dealer? Most
prisoners are not like Mumia or leonard, i wonder
how prison activists would react to locked up
sons and daughters
who don't agree with radical politics and I
think it'll strengthen the resolve ofthe anti
prison people who are still down. I want to
hear about Alpo and AZ, and people who'd commit
crimes if they are released. [Yeah, a while
back I heard monologues on NPR from prison inmates,
discussing how they got into crime in the first
place and what occurred when they were put into
jail, and basically talking about what it's
like to commit crimes. That sort of thing would
be good news]
authors from 3rd world countries (ie Chinua
would like to find a book that tells, explicitly,
how to retro-wire a house like mine (Southern
Florida) with solar panels. Photos, sources,
relative costs, parts required, light-duty discussion
of how it works, etc. so that I could go out
and put a few panels on my roof, connect it
to that magical box, etc, and make it work.
What is the box, what wiring, where to get the
stuff, what will it power? I think that getting
cheap power will become a more important issue
as the year, and decade, moves on.
political and cultural shifts do you see in
our society today?
world is becoming more diverse, but I still
see America as being more conservative and not
accepting of diversity.
have been assaulted by rampant racism here in
the mid-west, racism with no pretence; open
and stinking. I have seen how America is controlled
by Credit and ID. I have watched bright intelligent
alternative kids stifled and destroyed by their
Schooling. I have witnessed increasing poverty,
not just financially but emotionally and intellectually
in the US. A drawing away from the world; satisfaction
gained and nourished though ignorance.
rising trend of right wing, hypocritical, uninformed,
republican stupidity that will eventually lead
the sheep in our country into an anarchy that
creative people will have to endure or be shot.
whole lot of apathy. The conservatives are taking
over, and the left is sitting on their ass waiting
for someone else to do something or waving a
bunch of signs about obscure topics that no
one cares about and that no one will back. And
the environment is going to hell as well.
only three options: Armageddon, revolution,
or a world of ostriches.
I'm determined to be well-informed and to counter
this fascist occupation in every way I can.
we live in a fascist state now where we cannot
trust the media, and that we have to educate
and wake up the slumbering public in denial
about how bad things are. However, I do see
many people waking up, or wanting to.
foresee a continuation in human nature- which
means that people will continue to be driven
by emotion and laziness and trying to screw
somebody out of a dollar with the help of a
corporation - which means that most folks will
just keep living their lives of quiet desperation
culture has started to learn that we must make
compromises in order to survive peacefully with
on the part of the public about the way the
election was stolen.
seems to be a lack of organization on the left
at the grass roots level. There has been an
upsurge in protests but overall organizing efforts
have fallen short. Because we have been failing
to effectively convey our message, society seems
to be taking a turn toward conservatism and
is sad that with all the books and the Internet
and TV and radio and all the other media available
to America, the government has successfully
managed to make it all pointless, by failing
to educate America in what to do with information.
It is so lazy intellectually.
You can publish the most revealing document,
make the most fantastic claims, and sadly the
majority of Americans seem unable to process,
digest or utilize the information, making the
information itself appear useless. A work of
genius. We need to get Americans to see the
power of information, and USE IT!
see Nazi activity everywhere. I see people fighting
this but without national media attention.
see a building movement on the left and more
young people are paying attention. They know
they are being misled.
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