Charlie Bertsch / 09 Apr 2021

Colonial Subjects Forever

The Committed, by Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Why should I worry about deviating from the masses when I am also me and myself? Am I not a mass? Am I not already a collective? Do I not contain multitudes?” (...)

Joel Schalit / 17 Jun 2020

George Floyd in Germany

The America Problem

All of the signs were in English. For most Berliners, the language is so common, they take it for granted. Especially for a city in which a quarter of the population is international.(...)
Washington didn't like them. Sukarno and Kim Il-Sung, 1965.
John Foster / 15 Jun 2020

American Killing Fields

Vincent Bevins’ The Jakarta Method

The short twentieth century, running from 1914 to 1989 is generally divided into two halves. The first, ending 1945, is the era of mass slaughter. (...)

Brexit will be won like WWII. RAF Spitfires over Dunkirk, July 2017.
Josh White / 09 Aug 2019

The Patriotism Industry

Brexit Cinema War Chic

War films are the new chic. The most common setting being the Second World War, they’re the perfect genre for Brexit-era flag-waving exercises. It’s no surprise and no coincidence.(...)