Monday, February 04, 2013
I'm involved in a new project called Politerature!
The website, www.politerature.com, is dedicated to politically progressive literature. The idea is to seek out, share, promote and discuss fiction that embodies and expresses political ideas, fiction that takes sides with the workers and oppressed, that raises consciousness about racism or colonialism or women’s and LGBTQ oppression, about war and intervention, about destroying the Earth for corporate profit, about class and unions--to honor and develop a kind of literature that runs counter to the conventional wisdom that true art cannot be political.
There will be book reviews, notes, news and commentary. And we'll be carrying on a conversation that ranges over ideas about politics and literature and where they meet. In the first installment, we ponder plotlines--and whether we've had enough of family dysfunction stories. Politerature is based on the belief that political fiction can open minds, inform, give insight, inspire, strengthen, and arm those fighting for a better world.
I'm working on this with Shelley Ettinger.