[Marxism] Swans Release: October 19, 2009

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Oct 18 17:34:53 MDT 2009

> Swans Commentary
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> October 19, 2009
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> Note from the Editors:  Faced with the staggering dullness of the daily 
> circus played out on the big screen TV, we find it appropriate to begin with 
> some *real* political culture, first with Louis Proyect's superb review of 
> Michael Yates's latest book that examines the tensions between his working-
> class roots, blue-collar sensibilities, and academic career, and next with 
> Peter Byrne's spirited introduction to storyteller Aleksandar Hemon, a 
> Sarajevan native who immigrated to Chicago and became a renowned writer, 
> drawing often from the political conflicts that besieged his childhood. 
> Fittingly, Charles Marowitz reviews Michael Moore's latest documentary, a 
> blunt indictment of capitalism that according to Marowitz should goad the 
> soporific public into action, and in this vein, Michael Barker once again 
> shows how the conservation movement has been co-opted by powerful capitalists 
> such as Laurance Rockefeller. 
> While Femi Akomolafe, our voice from Africa, presents with his unique style a 
> nasty side of American culture that wants its president's head, Gilles 
> d'Aymery contrasts power, profits, and the ecosystem we are destroying to 
> preserve our NASCAR way of life. Turning the channel to college football, 
> Harvey Whitney demonstrates the length to which universities go to prostitute 
> themselves in misleading game-day advertisements. And a conversation between 
> Jeffery Klaehn and Garry Potter on the balance of individual and structural 
> power is apropos to activist Martin Murie's continued fight for single payer 
> health care and an end to endless war.
> In the French Corner Graham Lea reviews, in English, the cultural meaning of 
> French *patrimoine* and its profound differences with American Manichaean and 
> Messianic nationalism. Writing in French, Simone Alié-Daram reviews the 
> psychological trauma of Lasthenie de Ferjol syndrome; Marie Rennard, the 
> editor-in-chief of le Coin Français, examines four centuries of Parisian 
> transportation history; Marie-Laetitia Gambié offers a tale combining 
> psychology and surprising medicine; and we publish a famous poem by Barbey 
> d'Aurevilly. We end with *Beginning,* a multilingual poem by Guido Monte, 
> along with your letters, fan and otherwise.
> As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and foes) know 
> about Swans. It's your voice that makes ours grow.
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> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/lproy56.html  
> Michael Yates's "In and Out of the Working Class"
>  - Book Review by Louis Proyect
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/pbyrne111.html  
> Talespinning Sarajevo-Chicago - Book Review by Peter Byrne
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/cmarow149.html  
> Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story"
>  - Film Review by Charles Marowitz
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/barker33.html  
> Laurance Rockefeller And Capitalist Conservation - Michael Barker
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/femia21.html  
> Understanding Amerikkka - Femi Akomolafe
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/ga274.html  
> Contrast - Gilles d'Aymery
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/hewhit02.html  
> Weakness, Ineptitude, And Folly: Scientistic Sensationalism and Corporatized 
> Clichés of University Game Day Television Ads  - Harvey E. Whitney, Jr.
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/klaehn05.html  
> Dimensions Of Power - Jeffery Klaehn and Garry Potter
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/murie81.html  
> Health Care Is A Human Right; Warfare Is A Human Wrong - Martin Murie
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/glea08.html  
> "Le Patrimoine": French Symbolism, and the Triumph of Patriotism over 
> Nationalism - Graham Lea
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/salie06.html  
> Histoire d'une pathologie : Le syndrome de Lasthénie de Ferjol
>  - Simone Alié-Daram (FR) 
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/marier39.html  
> Transports - Marie Rennard (FR)
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/gambie03.html  
> Hypnodiagnostic - Nouvelle par Marie-Laetitia Gambié (FR) 
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/xxx138.html  
> L'échanson - Poème par Barbey d'Aurevilly (FR) 
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/gmonte77.html  
> Beginning - Multilingual Poetry by Guido Monte
> http://www.swans.com/library/art15/letter176.html  
> Letters to the Editor
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