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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 »

Movie Review: Coming home

Winter 1978

Even Lassie would have gone elsewhere if “Coming Home” proved as empty as this movie. Shabby on politics, contemptuous of women, and superficial toward the disabled, the film drenches the audience with a nostalgic rush of ’60s music and administers an overdose of syrup-thick emotionalism — tawdry substitutes for historical accuracy. Coming Home reduces the… Read more »

Freedom Socialist movie review: McCarthy Era Nostalgia

Spring 1979

Gently the seeds float down, flowering into sweet, lovely blossoms. And the inhabitants of trendy San Francisco are replaced, one by one, by steely humanoids grown from the pods which developed from the alien seeds. A remake of a 1956, low-budget horror film, the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has more pretension… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Movie Review: Manhattan

Fall 1979

Woody Allen’s latest comedy-drama, Manhattan, opens with a spectacular black and white study of the New York skyline and harbor, replete with fireworks and a soundtrack of George Gershwin classics. And after this loving tribute out of Allen’s fantasies, another less innocuous fantasy unravels. Though he brings to Manhattan his usual skill at condensing humor… Read more »

FS Book Review: Surrogate Proletariat: Moslem Women and Revolutionary Strategies in Soviet Central Asia, 1919-1929

Fall 1979

One of the great travesties against the international movement for the emancipation of women has been the systematic repression of its history and the lessons of its struggles. All feminists, radicals and historians, therefore, should hail Gregory Massell’s fascinating work, Surrogate Proletariat: Moslem Women and Revolutionary Strategies in Soviet Central Asia, 1919-1929. The book documents… Read more »

Sexism and the Black woman

Fall 1979

In writing Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, Michele Wallace sparked a long overdue reality-check into Black sexual politics. Though fragile male egos may be fractured, the book has exposed sexism in the Black community and shown how male chauvinism undermines the unity of men and women against racism and sexism. By creating… Read more »

Movie Review: No revelations in Apocalypse Now

Winter 1979

Apocalypse Now is a masterfully crafted, wrenching and evocative film gorged with the horror and insanity of America’s war against Vietnam. But this martial super-spectacular dead-ends in confusion and mystification despite director Francis Ford Coppola’s avowed intention to explore the experience so Americans could “put it behind.” Coppola’s recreation of modern warfare is technologically and… Read more »