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“She Wants Your Children”

By Sophie Lewis Back in 2019, our beloved editor Sophie Lewis wrote a never-published take on the unconscious racial-familial politics of a regrettable “La Llorona”-themed blockbuster. We have dug this essay up and refreshed its political relevance by gesturing towards a (far superior) subsequen…

RIPPER NATION: Serial Killer Reproduction and Viewer Complicity in Netflix’s The Ripper

By Jennie Gilman  As if the murder of Sarah Everard by Metropolitan Police officer, Wayne Couzens [1], was not evidence enough that the source of violence against women too often lies within the very institution responsible for our protection, the police brutality exhibited at the ‘Reclaim These…

Mutual Aid as Self-Defense in Bacurau

By Johanna Isaacson With its blazing guns and wide western expanses, no one would guess that the Brazilian horror western Bacurau is a chick flick. But, if you define “chick flick” as a movie having to do with contemporary feminized, social reproduction and its discontents (as I, and maybe no…

Revisiting Revisiting Genesis in COVID-19: death, time, data, the digital co-option of care

By Eleri Fowler In a time of widespread illness, many of us have been confronted with the labour of caring for the vulnerable. As Anne Boyer declared in April: ‘We now have to live as daily evidence that we believe there is value in the lives of the cancer patient, the elderly person, the disabled…

Traumatic Nostalgia and Nostalgic Trauma: Consuming and Abusing Cultures of Childhood on Screen

By Bethany Rose Lamont [CONTENT WARNING: discussion of child sexual abuse) Movie Monsters: Child Abusers and Nostalgic Nerds  In popular culture, paedophilia is often presented as nerdy, because both the figure of the nerd and the figure of the paedophile are typified by nostalgia.  This is a lon…

Voltairine Without Adjectives

By Evelyn Kronfeld Last year, in an attempt to tidy my bookshelf, I went through my messy stack of zines. Amid the disorganized booklets was a tract entitled “Crime and Punishment”, published by the Boston Anarchist Black Cross. I had never heard of its author, Voltairine de Cleyre, but I absolu…

Marxism & Transgender Liberation

Below Blind Field presents an excerpt from the Red Fightback collective’s pamphlet Marxism and Transgender Liberation: Confronting Transphobia in the British Left. By way of an introduction they write: Amongst many things, [the book] articulates the conditions in which we experience such severe a…

Don’t Go Spilling His Beans: Pandemic, Social Reproduction, and the Hellscape of Masculine Austerity in The Lighthouse  

By Johanna Isaacson The Covid 19 pandemic has highlighted two baffling contradictions and major impediments to left solidarity. First, we know that the majority of us are in a precarious position. We are low-waged, we are part time, we lack social support, we are a paycheck or medical procedure away…

Co-Morvidity

By Dion Farquhar You deserve to die, you power-obsessed, worshipers of wealth, so collapse and grind to a halt, but meanwhile don’t malign me as a lowly, equal-opportunity virus and say I’m indiscriminate about whom I target, cause I don’t buy into your preaching to the bottom you claim doesn…

Abundance and Other Lessons on the Lower East Side

By Wren Awry The stairwell that led to ABC No Rio’s second-floor kitchen was dim and dusty and, as I made my way up it, my worn high-tops kicked at brightly-painted plaster fallen from the mural-covered walls. But at the top of the stairs, sunlight streamed through the kitchen window and illuminat…

BPM: Duration and Endurance

By JN Hoad  What follows is a discussion of a cinematic portrayal of the Paris branch of the AIDs Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up). Already, there has been some discussion of the historical and ongoing relevance of AIDs activism in the present crisis. Robin Campillo’s crucial 2017 picture, BPM…

Against Ability

By Willie Johnson Last July, while Jeffrey Epstein awaited judgment for sex trafficking, the New York Times reported another of his longstanding pet projects. For years, Epstein had planned to “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.” Epstein’s plan…

A Model of Behavior Like A Cop or A Female Saint: On Jean-Patrick Manchette’s Nada

By Jose Rosales and Andreas Petrossiants Before the Red Army Faction in Germany (1970–1998), the Red Brigades in Italy (1970–1988), and Action Directe in France (1979–1987), there was Nada. This latter group was a significantly smaller formation relative to the three other militant, extra-pa…

The Only Realism: Utopia Within, Utopia Against, Utopia Beyond

By David M. Bell  There’s a lot said against utopia.  Or rather, there’s little said against utopia itself, because utopia-itself is the end of discussion. To deploy the word is to win the argument—or at least set its terms—without further debate. “That’s utopian!” Fin. Done. Utopia…

The Werewolf Cult of Silicon Valley

By Lucy Blissett Epochs throw up the monsters they need. History can be written of monsters, and in them. We experience the conjunctions of certain werewolves and crisis-gnawed feudalism, of Cthulhu and rupturing modernity, of Frankenstein’s and Moreau’s made things and a variably troubled Enlig…

Aspirational Literary Labor in I May Destroy You

By Sarah Brouillette In I May Destroy You, the main character, Arabella Essiedu, is struggling to finish writing a book – completion made nearly impossible after she is drugged and raped and has to find a way to get on with her life in the hideous aftermath. The show’s depiction of her experien…





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