Five Hundred Faces of Mass Incarceration


Before he went to prison, Mark Loughney used watercolors and acrylics to create bright, playful portraits of his favorite musicians. His early work features Trey Anastasio and Grace Potter and Snoop Dogg, all smiling and content, deep into their guitars and joints. But then Loughney committed a crime that even now, years later, he can barely explain.Read More »


‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’ speaks of obsession with beauty and youth

by Ed Rampell

People’s World | September 02, 2018

‘A Picture of Dorian Gray’ speaks of obsession with beauty and youth

Foreground, from left, Abe Martell, Tania Verafield and Colin Bates; background, from left, Frederick Stuart and Daniel Lench / Craig Schwartz

PASADENA, Calif.—Director Michael Michetti’s dramatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 Gothic novella The Picture of Dorian Gray, about the costs of eternal youth and beauty, is highly stylized and exceedingly strange. Large swaths of Picture border on avant-garde theatre, especially in Act II. The sinister plot and its presentation are likely to make some theatergoers uncomfortable (leave the kiddies at home for this one!) and to enthrall others as a most apropos choice for the Halloween season.

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How Harry Potter made imbeciles out of an entire generation

by Prakash Kona

Pambazuka News | July 21, 2018

Exhibition World

The last 20 years is globally the Harry Potter generation—a generation that has made a philosophy of life out of wishful thinking; the narcissism of the young stemming from a class that can afford and choose to remain imbeciles, we owe it to Harry Potter novels and films among other things. 

What makes this generation of youth particularly self-centred is that they have allowed themselves to be indoctrinated by social media, television and films.

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Radical roots of the superheroes

by Alex Mitchell

Morning Star | March 02, 2018

Cosplayers dress up as Marvel Comics characters Photo: William Tung/Creative Commons

BATMAN, Superman and Wonderwoman first saw the light of day in the late 1930s and it was in 1940 that Timely Comics – Marvel Comics’ predecessor — launched Captain America. Illustrated by Jack Kirby and written initially by Joe Simon and later by Stan Lee, it went on to sell 1 million copies a month.Read More »

‘He spoke to what was needed to create an equal society’

Bernadette Hyland talks to playwright TREVOR GRIFFITHS about the continuing significance of the 18th century radical Thomas Paine

Morning Star | January 15, 2018


“THESE are the times that try men’s souls,” Thomas Paine wrote in December 1776 during the war of independence with the British, when the American colonists’ morale was at a low ebb.Read More »

Art and Communism: Soviet Posters Against Racism and War

The visionary propaganda of the USSR’s skilled artists upheld social equality in contrast to racial hatred, colonialism and imperialism.

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 ushered in the world’s first socialist state. Encompassing one-sixth of the world, the Soviet Union sought in its early days to bring about a global revolution against capitalism and imperialism, and openly declared its opposition to colonialism, racism and exploitation.

In order to advance toward the goal of world revolution, agitational propaganda, or agitprop was deployed as a means of conveying Marxist theory to the workers and oppressed of the world. Entire departments and agencies produced posters, cinema, poetry, music and literature for this purpose, and life in the socialist state was permeated with the striking motifs of agitprop artwork.

teleSUR takes a look at the iconic political posters of visionary Soviet artist and propagandist, Viktor B. Koretsky.

No to Fascism!
No to Fascism!

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