This is the beginning of Chapter 2 of Carla Rising, describing a system that turns all of us into production machines, or cheap labor. — T.S. The miners use a special lamp to test the air for gas. When gas … Continue reading →
Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island from Lukas Schrank on Vimeo.
Yesterday, I read about “Eden: Paradise Lost,” a recent wilderness “reality” show — this one filmed in Scotland. The show’s British TV producers hoped to design a better, more cohesive community by throwing together some 25 people, many with “survival … Continue reading →
Behind the true-to-life historical oligarchy of Sheriff Riley Gore (in Carla Rising) was the coal industry, cynically named by the resistance of that time as “King Coal.” Today, the pharmaceutical industry — “Big Pharma” — is calling many of the … Continue reading →
What is happening to the United States? In March 2017, the Trump administration changed an Obama-era rule, opening a new market for private debt collectors to make money on the backs of those who are least able to pay. Federal … Continue reading →
Topper Sherwood’s Preface to Just Good Politics: The Life of Raymond Chafin, Appalachian Boss (c) Raymond Chafin and Topper Sherwood (1994) I hesitated when Raymond Chafin first approached me with the idea of writing his autobiography. At least one local … Continue reading →
I’ve been thinking about the entertainment world’s fascination with zombies, and wondering what it means. It’s long been said that the first zombie film was really about shopping and consumerism. No surprise, then, that zombies are going global just as … Continue reading →
I finished a first draft of Carla Rising in April 2010, just as we received news of a deadly mine disaster in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The accident at the Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 men working about 300 … Continue reading →