Documentary filmmaker Nancy Kates has made a career out of rescuing for the future the lives and accomplishments of historically marginalized figures. Her latest film, however, takes as its subject one of the brightest stars of American literary culture: Susan Sontag. Chris Haddix talks with Nancy Kates about Regarding Susan Sontag.
Chris studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research, where he focused on Phenomenlogy, Enlightenment eroticism, and Anarchist theory. He lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and can usually be found tending his garden.
The death of theory, not unlike the end of history, has, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, been exposed as an embarrassingly premature announcement.
How successful are images of armed conflict in communicating something of the experience of war? What kind of demand to these images place upon those untouched by the horrors of war? A recent exhibition, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY, along with a new collection of World War I photographs published to commemorate the upcoming centennial, provide the opportunity to reflect on the continuing impact of war photographs. Chris Haddix has the review.
Friday, July 12, I was welcomed back to join Mike Wilson, Greg Becker, and Blaine Kneece on Inside the Sulphurbath. Over the course of a wide-ranging conversation, we talked about the hunger-striker Kostas Sakkas, Austerity and the ongoing, and ever worsening European Debt Crisis, Anarchism in Greece and at home, and the yet-to-be-decided Trayvon Martin trial.
Yesterday, we received the news that a Greek court of appeals has decided to release the hunger striker Kostas Sakkas on a thirty-thousand euro bail. Temporarily, at least, the continuing criminal assault on Greek society has been denied another victim.
But turn your eyes to the valley; there we shall find
the river of boiling blood in which we are steeped
all who struck down their fellow men.
-Inferno, Canto XII II. 46-48
Two days shy of Occupy Wall Street's 60th day of protest, New York City authorities cleared Zuccotti Park—Liberty Square—in a surprise midnight raid. When the sun rose on the headquarters of the global Occupy Movement, the park had been swept clean of all evidence of a protest. Hundreds were arrested. Those who were not detained moved to another plaza and immediately continued the democratic spectacle. Chris Haddix writes on the aesthetics of this protest phenomenon.