A Letter from Mexico City
Mexico last dealt with a pandemic in 2009, causing a terrible
economic crisis, in the aftermath of an election stolen from the
centre-left candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. How well
prepared is it now that ‘AMLO’ is in power?
Marx at the Ecosexual Workshop
The newspaper columns of Paul B. Preciado combine queer history
and a sober account of the last decade of left advance.
Working life is being rapidly reshaped in response to Covid-19,
but the balance between work and leisure time has been contested
Dizzy with Defeat
The newly published notebooks of the Russian-Belgian
revolutionary Victor Serge record the bitter defeats of the
twentieth century, but contain within them a boundless curiosity
about the world and a stubborn hope for the future.
All Kinds of Folk
The late Alasdair Gray was Glasgow’s greatest writer and painter,
a talent worthy of that great city, which he depicted in murals
and his monumental novels.
To Peripheral Plaza
A new book on Kraftwerk’s ‘Future Music from Germany’ and a
Caribbean tribute both reckon with the echoes of an imagined
utopia in a bleak present.
The Tradition of the New
Walsall’s ‘New’ Art Gallery opened twenty years ago, and is still
one of the best in Britain. As one of the few enduring successes
of New Labour’s lavish arts programme celebrates its anniversary,
we ask: what went right?
Reading some Effing Orwell in the Empire
Tribune’s one-time literary editor has become a
meme and a ciché, but he remains one of the Left’s most ethically
complex writers, and nowhere more so than in his depictions of the
Red Library: Brecht
A new set of translations of the great socialist poet and
playwright contain consolations and lessons for the dark times.