Posts tagged “new york times”
January 2, 2013
Kalle Lasn and Adbusters were featured in a New York Times article on December 22- just before the holidays, and at the peak of the shopping season. For years, Adbusters and Lasn have been waging war on global consumption, and this year was dubbed “Buy Nothing Christmas”.
“‘As our planet gets warmer, as animals go extinct, as the humans get sicker, as our economies bail and our politicians grow ever more twisted,’ Americans just go shopping, Adbusters says on its Web site. Overconsumption is destroying us, yet shopping is ‘our solace, our sedative: consumerism is the opiate of the masses.’
“‘We’ve got to break the habit,’ Mr. Lasn said in a telephone interview. ‘It will be a shock, but we’ve got to shift to a new paradigm. Otherwise, I’m afraid will be facing a new Dark Age.’”
The article delves into Lasn’s history, his rise to becoming the iconic figure that sparked the Occupy movement last year, and his commitment to social and economical revolution- not to mention his love for memes.
November 27, 2012
Molly Keily’s artwork from The Graphic Canon Vol 1 was featured on the front cover of Kitap, one of the most popular literary magazines in Turkey.
Closer to home, a glowing review in the New York Times Book Review of both Vol 1 and 2 is appearing in this Sunday’s paper. With heaps of observant praise, the review highlights some choice favorites. Here’s a sneak peak:
- “In The Graphic Canon, the world’s literature is reimagined as comics and visual art, and with it the editor, Russ Kick, has struck a chord.”
- “Every page sends you further down the rabbit hole, and before you know it, hours have passed.”
- “Work that might normally put you to sleep will leave you awe-struck.”
- “[T]hese works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination.”
July 12, 2011
“Gabrielsson’s book, ‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me, is an attempt to regain custody of Larsson’s legacy, not only from his family but also from a world hungry to commercialize his every aspect . . . Fans of his books looking for an intimate peek into the life of a man who summoned a dark, scary version of Sweden will not be disappointed, but that understanding does not come easily. The book is a short, highly emotional tour though a widow’s grief and dispossession, and the details of the couple’s life together are jarringly juxtaposed with blood feuds and score-settling.” — New York Times Book Review
June 21, 2011
“I’ve been wondering if it’s such a good thing to finish something like that,” [Eva Gabrielsson] said on Monday. “Nobody needs any more money — that’s one thing. And it must be any author’s nightmare to know that characters you created might be used by ghostwriters. It’s a dilemma. I don’t think it’s right, but at the same time I really would like to see what happens to these people.” She paused. “How long are we going to kid ourselves? Stieg is dead. Maybe we just have to accept that — all the readers and me, too.”
February 18, 2011
Ms. Gabrielsson does not claim to be Larsson’s ghostwriter for the Millennium series, which has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, but writes that he could not have written it without her. “Out of our struggles, our commitments, our travels, our passions, our fears, these books are the jigsaw puzzle of our lives,” she writes. “That’s why I cannot pinpoint exactly what, in ‘Millennium’ comes from Stieg and what comes from me.”
January 7, 2011
“There are plenty of distinguished progressive champions lobbying, rallying, exposing, suing and organizing at the national, state and local level. Yet they have been mostly left out of the mass media . . . Meanwhile, the Tea Partiers have seen their modest initiatives hugely magnified and therefore expanded by major media. This has mainstreamed the radical right, including Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter and Pamela Geller, as well as the most extreme neoconservatives who still receive media attention despite their deceptive, disastrous Iraq war-mongering.” – Ralph Nader, letter to New York Times
November 13, 2010
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from seven and a half years of house arrest on Saturday and was greeted at the gate of her compound by thousands of jubilant supporters.
She stood waving and smiling as people cheered, chanted and sang the national anthem in a blur of camera flashes. She held a white handkerchief in one hand.
“Thank you for welcoming me like this,” she said, clutching the iron bars of her gate as she looked out at the cheering crowd. “We haven’t seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you.”
She said she would speak again on Sunday at the headquarters of her now defunct political party, the National League for Democracy.
“We must unite!” she said. “If we are united, we can get what we want.”
March 23, 2010
The health insurance legislation is a major political symbol wrapped around a shredded substance. It does not provide coverage that is universal, comprehensive or affordable. It is a remnant even of its own initially compromised self — bereft of any public option, any safeguard for states desiring a single payer approach, any adequate antitrust protections, any shift of power toward consumers to defend themselves, any regulation of insurance prices, any authority for Uncle Sam to bargain with drug companies, and any re-importation of lower-priced drugs. — Ralph Nader, in the New York Times
November 25, 2009
From the New York Times article by Ariel Kaminer on volunteering to fight hunger on Thanksgiving:
What is the sound of one eye rolling? Call Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, and tell him you want to engage in that wonderful holiday tradition of volunteering on a soup line in the third week of November.
“Thanksgiving is to hunger groups what Halloween is to a costume company,” he said. “Sometimes people actually get mad at us when they call a day or two before Thanksgiving or a day or two before Christmas and want to volunteer, when in fact many of these agencies have waiting lists months in advance.” Out of fear of alienating anyone, Mr. Berg said, some places just make up work for people to do — even if it gets in the way of more important business.
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