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I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: Hope, Hopelessness and Climate Reality

I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: Hope, Hopelessness and Climate Reality

Furiously cranking away on this one… I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: Hope, Hopelessness and Climate Reality      “An ‘ethical menu’ for the Apocalypse.”      “Survivalism, meet Existentialism.”      “The Tao of Global Warming.” With extreme weather the new normal, an unchecked rise in global temperatures, and now the “irreversible” collapse of the Western Antarctic...
Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It

Don’t Wait for the Revolution—Live It

[originally published in: Yes Magazine, Issue 66, Summer 2013] We can’t create a better world if we haven’t yet imagined it. How much better then, if we are able to touch such a world, experience it directly, even live in it—if only to a partial degree and for a brief moment. This is the idea...
BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: A Toolbox for Revolution

BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: A Toolbox for Revolution

Puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of troublemakers. Use it to instigate anything from a flashmob to a revolution.
PILGRIMAGE TO NOWHERE

PILGRIMAGE TO NOWHERE

Currently looking for an agent for the new manuscript. In the meantime, several chapters have already been published: First Empty Your Cup (The Sun Magazine, December 2011) (This one actually won an honorable-mention in The Best American Essays 2012 :-) ) I Got Off The Beaten Path (But So Did Everyone Else) (The Sun Magazine,...
TRUTH IS A VIRUS: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)

TRUTH IS A VIRUS: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore)

TRUTH IS A VIRUS: Meme Warfare and the Billionaires for Bush (or Gore) Andrew Boyd [first published in: Cultural Resistance, Ed. Steven Duncombe, Verso, April 2002] “Truth is a Virus.” When I first saw this phrase, defiantly spray-painted on the walls of a suburban high-school, it thrilled me. So what if it was only a...
Why I love and hate Adbusters!

Why I love and hate Adbusters!

Why I love and hate Adbusters! I love Adbusters!  I hate Adbusters!  I love Adbusters!  I hate Adbusters!  Turning the pages of the glossy Vancouver quarterly, I’m like an obsessed teenager pulling petals out of a flower.  I love Adbusters!  I hate Adbusters!  I love how they take the sly, slick, seductive genius of Madison...
THE MANUFACTURE OF DISSENT: What the Left Can Learn from Las Vegas

THE MANUFACTURE OF DISSENT: What the Left Can Learn from Las Vegas

THE MANUFACTURE OF DISSENT: What the Left Can Learn from Las Vegas by Andrew Boyd and Stephen Duncombe Originally published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest – Volume 1, Issue 3, which later became the basis for Steve’s (excellent) book, Dream. Scholars take note: the concept of an “Ethical Spectacle” was thunked up by both...
Save Western Civilization now! Ask me how.

Save Western Civilization now! Ask me how.

Not long ago, Western Civilization was at an impasse, so I wrote a book to move us forward. I didn't want to write it but I couldn't help myself. Let me explain...
ENLIGHTENED MACHISMO: Self-Help for the Post-Asshole

ENLIGHTENED MACHISMO: Self-Help for the Post-Asshole

If you’ve ever wondered how to be sexy and anti-sexist at exactly the same time, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Of course, you might have to keep waiting. Since I’m still writing it. But here’s a couple pieces that have already been published: The Happiest Day of Somebody Else’s Life (The Sun...
DAILY AFFLICTIONS: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

DAILY AFFLICTIONS: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

A dark, twisted existential manifesto posing as a book of daily inspiration.
LIFE'S LITTLE DECONSTRUCTION BOOK: Self-Help for the Post-Hip

LIFE’S LITTLE DECONSTRUCTION BOOK: Self-Help for the Post-Hip

LIFE’S LITTLE DECONSTRUCTION BOOK: Self-Help for the Post-Hip (W.W. Norton & Co., 1998, softcover, $7.99) (Penguin, 1999) Portable Po-Mo, Disposable Derrida, Foucault-To-Go. This tiny manual provides an introduction to theoretical posturing, a commentary on post-modernism, a subversive satire, and a tribute to the love-hate relationship many of us have with fashionable ideas—all in a very...
THE ACTIVIST COOKBOOK: Creative Actions For A Fair Economy

THE ACTIVIST COOKBOOK: Creative Actions For A Fair Economy

THE ACTIVIST COOKBOOK: Creative Actions for a Fair Economy (Fair Economy Press, softcover, 1996, 8.5″x11″, $15) This hands-on manual showcases some of the best media stunts, street theater skits and creative direct actions from the labor, environmental and social justice movements. Empowers organizers, artists and educators to get their message across in powerful, creative ways....