By NOEL IGNATIEV
DEC 19-JAN 20 | Field Notes
In a lengthy review in the New Yorker of David W. Blights recent book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,1 Adam Gopnik calls Douglass the progenitor of the pragmatic-progressive strain in American thought that led to Martin Luther King and Barack Obama.2 Douglass is an attractive figure, and it is easy to understand why he fills the need of American mainstream thought for a Black political hero now that George Washington Carver (the one Black figure in the textbooks when I went to grade school) no longer serves. But the notion of pragmatic progressive suggests an alternative tradition, which we might call impractical revolutionary. Nat Turner, John Brown, and Malcolm X come to mind as exemplars.
By Megan N. Liberty
OCT 2019 | Art Books
A new collection that captures the enigmatic prose of poet and interdisciplinary figure bpNichol. The collection appears not like a traditional collected stories, but rather a book grouped thematically by time and subject matter more so than genre or form.