September 2009 News

  • The Old Garden: Mang Wal Cemetery (Part 14/26)

    The Old Garden: Mang Wal Cemetery (Part 14/26)

    September 30, 2009

    “Mr. Oh, here!” “Kun! It’s been too long!” I hugged him tightly. Then I began to study his face. There were many strands of white hair from his temples to almost the top of his head, and many little lines around his eyes. I had seen Kun briefly at the detention cell, then we were separated. He finished his sentence and was released a few years before me. He was probably five or six years younger than me. I had escaped from Kwangju, but he took up arms as part of a civilian militia. Later, he was arrested for his underground activities. If he had been captured earlier at the state capital, Kun would have led a much easier life. Kun found me at my hiding place in the slums two days after the last crackdown at the state capital. His cheeks were hollow and his face haggard; he was wearing a shirt stained with dirt; he grimaced and burst into tears as he tried to hold on to us. Sang Woon is dead. Young Joon insisted I get out first, later I saw he was gone, he got shot just once. Ah, we would never be able to embrace each other again as we did that dawn. Read Part Fourteen

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  • “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” reviewed in Toronto Globe and Mail

    “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!” reviewed in Toronto Globe and Mail

    September 29, 2009

    . . . As someone who worked as press secretary to the author and was once asked to organize a major campaign address to a press conference of 500 dogs, I can attest that Ralph Nader certainly has an unencumbered sense of imagination that occasionally brushes up against the wacky. The book reflects this, with Sun God festivals that show the power of solar energy by cooking giant pots of tomato-and-eggplant stew, and a parrot named Patriotic Polly that pops up on TV enjoining Americans, “Get up. Don't let America down.” . . . It is a powerful idea by the perfect person at a fortuitous time. — Toby Heaps, Toronto Globe and Mail

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  • The Old Garden: A Soup With Dried Pollack (Part 13/26)

    The Old Garden: A Soup With Dried Pollack (Part 13/26)

    September 29, 2009

    After persevering in solitary confinement for a long time, your small emotions are mostly hidden deep underneath a thick layer of insensitivity. Showing them helps no one. In the beginning, you forget words. It’s an easy one. You can’t remember when last you actually wanted to use them. More words disappear from your mind, even the names of those around you. The next step is when you cannot recall names of everyday things that are right in front of you. Wait a minute, what was that thing called? Then comes the symptom of muttering to yourself. Hey, it’s time to sleep, or that guard is such a stickler, or you fart and complain to yourself, gee, that stinks. Among the prisoners, those with long sentences rarely smile or cry. During the audio-visual education lessons, when they show you movies, prisoners shed their tears in darkness and cry to their heart’s content. Their eyes are red and bloodshot when they walk out of the room. Read Part Thirteen

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  • Clayton Patterson on the Lower East Side

    Clayton Patterson on the Lower East Side

    September 28, 2009

    "The Lower East Side was a crucible for creativity. Artists and intellectuals were drawn here because they could afford to live and create here. When Lou Reed moved here from Brooklyn in the ’60s, he rented an apartment on Ludlow Street for something like $38 a month. Now it’d be $3,000. I don’t think there’ll be any more Lou Reeds on Ludlow Street. All of the geniuses who were here because of the cheap rents are gone." — from the New York Times profile on Clayton Patterson

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  • The Old Garden: Dear Hyun Woo (Part 12/26)

    The Old Garden: Dear Hyun Woo (Part 12/26)

    September 24, 2009

    Dear Hyun Woo, It has been so long since I wrote your name down. I feel like I’m addressing someone who is no longer in this world. It breaks my heart. Yes, it’s been fifteen years since you left Kalmae. Did you receive the letter I sent to the prison on the year of the Olympics? I’ll tell you later, but that was a very difficult time for me. After that, I left the country for five years. Thanks to you, I painted a lot. I quit after two solo exhibitions, and now I don’t want to paint any more. I guess I’m sick of this greedy world so full of cultural products. Meanwhile, you’re hanging in there in the middle of it all like an icicle hanging from the slate roof of a shed, precarious but pure. Read Part Twelve

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  • The Seven Stories Press 2009 Frankfurt Catalog

    September 24, 2009

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  • Ralph Nader Reader released as a free PDF download

    Ralph Nader Reader released as a free PDF download

    September 23, 2009

    With the release of the Amazon bestseller "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!", people around the country and around the world are about to experience for the first time Ralph Nader's fictional vision of, in Warren Beatty's words, "how good he thinks things can be." To celebrate, Seven Stories Press and Ralph Nader have decided to release an electronic version of Nader's 2000 nonfiction collection, The Ralph Nader Reader, as a free PDF download. Click here to get your copy.

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  • The Old Garden: Shabby and Pathetic Junk (Part 11/26)

    The Old Garden: Shabby and Pathetic Junk (Part 11/26)

    September 23, 2009

    I decided to take a trip and first unpacked my bags from the prison, spreading the contents all over the room. There was shabby underwear, a couple of winter sweaters, thick woolen socks, a muffler and knitted mittens, a few books, an unfinished tube of toothpaste and a new toothbrush with its bristle still stiff, a hand exerciser, and a golden turtle made by nonviolent criminals. The hand exerciser, along with the Buddhist prayer beads, were made by those who worked at the wood shop during their spare moments. A Chinese juniper stick was carved into an oval shape, then cut wooden pins were densely wedged in. On chilly mornings when my hands were frozen, they said, I should put it in one hand and roll it around inside my palm. It would be like getting an acupuncture, which would prevent frostbite and help blood circulation. I put the well-worn thing in my hand, then opened and closed it. The golden turtle was a large piece of laundry soap skillfully carved and painted glistening gold. It had a place of honor on top of the shelf next to the toilet, for good fortune. As soon as I had come outside, these things turned into shabby and pathetic junk. Read Part Eleven

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  • Ralph Nader on Democracy Now: “Nonfiction prevents you from imagining”

    Ralph Nader on Democracy Now: “Nonfiction prevents you from imagining”

    September 22, 2009

    From Ralph Nader's interview with Democracy Now!, on the topic of healthcare, G20, Barack Obama and the just-published "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!": AMY GOODMAN: Ralph Nader, why fiction? RALPH NADER: Because nonfiction prevents you from imagining.

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  • The Old Garden: A Generation Was Gone (Part 10/28)

    The Old Garden: A Generation Was Gone (Part 10/28)

    September 22, 2009

    After I was discharged from the hospital, I went back to my sister’s high rise apartment building. I hated the place. When every family member went into their own room and closed the door, it was just like a prison, everyone perfectly locked down. There was no trace of the old village left in that neighborhood. All I could see were the interiors of cars, paved roads, and sidewalks overlaid with colorful blocks in various shapes. Read Part Ten

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