The Beast, Óscar Martínez's report on the horrific conditions faced by Central American migrants in their journey through Mexico to the United States,is devestating read, but one that refuses to give in to defeat. Recent press for the book repeatedly expresses the same two sentiments: revulsion at the horrors migrants face, and a deep respect for Martinez for traveling the migrant trail eight times in order to adequately tell their story.
Anabel Hernández, author of Narcoland, joins Nation editor Betsy Reed to discuss the murder that inspired Hernández to begin her career in journalism, the Mexican government’s role in the rise of gang violence, and the threats Hernández has faced as a result of her uncompromising investigation of Mexico's drug wars.
Visit the Nation for a full transcript of the interview.
On the website Pop Matters, Brice Ezell has written that Razmig Keucheyan's The Left Hemisphere constitutes a 'dizzying menagerie of anti-capitalist thought'. According to Ezell, the book is packed but also exhaustive with its 'sheer density' of information and analysis, giving a thorough overview of twentieth-century currents of thought. Ezell writes that 'In the post-Buzzfeed world The Left Hemisphere successfully avoids being a highfalutin listicle'.
On November 2nd, Cornell University is hosting an all-day symposium on Communist Currents. Panelists will put forward radical interventions on a range of issues from governance in Venezuela to the salience of BRICS rhetoric.
The first chapter of Dan Hancox's The Village Against the Worldis now available on Design Observer's website. Beautiful pictures of Marinaleda and its inhabitants accompany the text. Hancox's recently released book begins by challenging current attitudes toward the term "utopia":
For as long as human beings have dreamed, they have dreamed of creating a better world. We’ll soon mark the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia, his short book describing a fictional island whose name in Greek means “no place.” We are used to utopia as an imagined world or an idealized vision of the future, an abstract intellectual exercise rather than a concrete attempt to forge a new community. But what if you actually tried to build utopia?