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Twelve Characters in Search of an Apocalypse

Twelve Characters in Search of an Apocalypse

[originally published in: Dark Mountain Issue 11 (Spring 2017)] TWELVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN APOCALYPSE   I did the math I did the math. But I wish I hadn’t. It was right after Hurricane Sandy. Over a week-long binge I read everything I could find. I work downtown, you see. And they’d lost power, but uptown...
I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: A 21st-century handbook for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate nihilists.

I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: A 21st-century handbook for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate nihilists.

An excerpt was published in Dark Mountain 11, under the title “Twelve Characters in Search of an Apocalypse.” Now, I’m trying to get the rest of the book done before any of them actually find it… I WANT A BETTER CATASTROPHE: A 21st-century handbook for tragic optimists, can-do pessimists, and compassionate nihilists.      “An...
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...