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Chad Grant: “Architects of Propaganda”

Architects of Propaganda People are willing to give up their freedom for the luxury of artificial attachment. The architects of propaganda have molded their propaganda models to fit the modern-day, but it’s the same principle that Edward Bernays had warned about in the 1920s. Facebook is well aware of these details. They model their artificial …

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With Us, Against Us

Although I have been interested in and written poetry for over a decade, I have not toiled long in the poetry bureaucratic apparatus. I use ‘the poetry bureaucratic apparatus’ to mean its administrative wing – organising readings, promoting prizes, reading submissions, applying for grants, editing posts, doing social media, paying poets. This bureaucratic apparatus is …

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Hot Button Topics: Off-Broadway Tackles Sex, Race, and Religion

Theatrical conventions are shattered in three Off-Broadway productions as playwrights explore the hot button topics of race, gender, and religion. Two are contemporary (Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue and Lucas Hnath’s The Christians) and one is over three decades old (Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine), but the latter is still the boldest and most innovative. Churchill’s works have …

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American Prison: Beyond the Binge-Watch

If the success of Orange Is the New Black offers any indication, it seems fair (and gross) to say that prison has become “pop”—for a Twitter moment, anyway. Even the cover of the Economist June 20-24 proclaims, “Jailhouse Nation: 2.3 million reasons to fix America’s prison problem.” Progressive-glam MSNBC has been boosting its ratings with weekends of Lockup since 2005. Everybody (white? middle class?) …

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Fred Moten: Blackness and Poetry

Hot tip for LA-based Cultural Weekly readers: Get to REDCAT on Thursday, March 20, at 8:30pm to see Fred Moten in a provocative public appearance. Known as a compelling and brilliant speaker and performer, Fred Moten works at the intersection of performance, poetry and critical theory. In his lecture “The Sustain: Blackness and Poetry,” Moten …

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