Two new articles this week:
The first is a wide-ranging essay about, among other things, John Constantine, Spider Jerusalem, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Promethea, the Sandman, Tarot Cards, and William Blake. You know, the usual.
The other is a pretty ambivalent review of Chris Dixon’s book Another Politics. The book argues that there is an emerging anti-authoritarian current within the left, and examines its ideas and practices. I suggest that Dixon’s right about the practices but wrong about the ideas.
As you might imagine I’ve been asked a lot the past few months about when Our Enemies in Blue will be available again. It is unfortunately out of print and out of stock. I’m glad to report, however, that I have just returned the manuscript, and the new edition — revised and updated — should be out this summer. You can pre-order copies from AK Press.
In the mean time, I have two other books out. One, Fire the Cops!, collects my writing on policing from 2004 to 2014 and covers some of the same issues as Our Enemies in Blue. It includes chapters on police violence, counterinsurgency, class conflict, and the tensions between police reform and abolition. The other, Witness to Betrayal, features a long interview I conducted with scott crow, providing a first-hand account of the career of infamous agent provocateur Brandon Darby. The interview is followed by my essay, “Profiles of Provocateurs,” which looks at several recent entrapment cases and considers their commonalities.
You can order both books from me, by sending a check to the address below.
Fire the Cops! sells for $20, and Witness to Betrayal sells for $10. If you order both directly from me, I’ll throw in my pamphlet Hurt: Notes on Torture in a Modern Democracy for free.
PO Box 11112
Portland OR 97211