Archive for August, 2007

June 2007 reading review (2): Vonnegut, Marxism, positivism

More Vonnegut When I picked up Kurt Vonnegut’s Timequake (New York: G.P. Putnam’s, 1997) off my table for the first time, I thought this might be a throwaway book. I was wrong; it was hilarious, and there’s much in there. It is a combination memoir and science fiction tale. A whole decade has to be […]

The Boondocks (2)

I began July by taking A Right To Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury (New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003) out of the library. (How I envy that title!) This collection repeats some of the strips published in The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read the Newspapers, but I did not mind having my memory […]

The Boondocks (1)

A year ago June I began an interest in Aaron McGruder’s work with a graphic novel he co-authored, Birth of a Nation. Sensing something contradictory in McGruder’s approach, I wrote a critique which remains unpublished, as I wasn’t satisfied with my exposition. I then turned to his comic strip The Boondocks—which I had missed out […]

June 2007 reading review (1): Black authors

Cornel West, Marxism & morality West, Cornel. The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1991. West wrote this in the late 1970s, before he became a star. The exposition of the development of the Young Marx is good. He presents interesting information on Engels, Kautsky, and Lukàcs, but his thesis contrasting […]