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The art of Black working-class life

February 2017

After last year’s hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, it’s refreshing to see two fine films about African American working people. Loving’s true story shows a brave couple persevering with their 9-year Supreme Court case that finally struck down laws against inter-racial marriage in 1967. Fences, by playwright August Wilson, delves into the strengths and tensions of a Black… Read more »

BOOK REVIEW — Eleanor Marx: spotlight on a socialist feminist pioneer

April 2017

Read Rachel Holmes’ sensitive and absorbing biography of Eleanor Marx and you’ll fall in love with a radical heroine. In Eleanor Marx: A Life (Bloomsbury Press, 2015), the Karl Marx family and the 19th century socialist movement are vividly portrayed. Eleanor Marx is revealed as an important political leader, whom Holmes credits with being the… Read more »

Off-Broadway (About 3000 Miles): “Come to the Cabaret!” is Smash Hit!

Spring 1977

Never in the annals of Show Biz has such a dazzling array of stellar talent been assembled as graced the musical-comedy spectacular “Come to the Cabaret,” a raucous, irreverent and jazzy funfest presented in celebration of Gloria Martin’s birthday. Produced by the FSP and Radical Women in honor of the FSP’s indomitable organizer, the Cabaret… Read more »

Doris Lessing: The failure of the personal solution

Summer 1977

Doris Lessing has attracted considerable attention as one of the foremost British novelists. Her books are widely discussed, and The Golden Notebook, her novel about “free women,” is a classic to many feminists. She has gained a dedicated following through her frank depiction of women, addressing the topics of sexuality, marriage and pregnancy from a… Read more »

Feminist Poet on the Job

Spring 1978

WORKWEEK by Karen Brodine. Berkeley, California: Kelsey St. Press, 1977. Paperback, $2.50 Neither the male literary establishment nor most women writers regard the workplace as a particularly compelling subject for poetry. To the artist insulated by academia, the experience of a boring, oppressive job is foreign, and the vast majority of writers who work for… Read more »

Movie Review: Outrageous!

Summer 1978

“It ain’t easy in this crazy world.” So runs the refrain through Outrageous, a Canadian film in which the world, as the theme song contends, is insane, not gays or crazies. “I don’t think I’d make it without you,” the lyrics continue, expressing the high value placed by the two main characters, Robin and Liza,… Read more »

Movie Review: F.I.S.T and Blue Collar

Fall 1978

The jazzy titles of two films about trade unionism are currently gracing the marquees. Hollywoodian experts on the proletariat are now instructing movie fans — mostly youth — that if you fight the bosses, you’ll get killed, bought off, or in hock to the only force that can beat the system — gangsters! F.I.S.T is… Read more »

Book Review: Trinity

Fall 1978

Leon Uris’s new bestseller, Trinity, can be best described as a politically important potboiler. Trinity recounts the bitter struggle for Irish independence from 1885 to 1915. It is the first popular novel to dispel the myth that the Catholic/Protestant conflict is a Holy War; Uris categorically locates the source of Ireland’s misery in the unholy… Read more »