Fanon Calls bulls**t on your Revolution

Andrew Ross considers the impossible position of creatives in the industry in his piece No- Collar.   In the piece he complicates the misconception about the creative industry, namely that it exists. The existence of the “creative industry” as we understand it implies that there has been a shift away from the capitalist model from […]

Brave New Economy Workplace

While reading No Collar by Andrew Ross I was struck by the language used to describe New Economy workplaces–language I recognized from dystopian novels such as We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The New Economy workplaces seemed to be striving towards a utopia in which the worker’s identity is tied inextricably to their job. […]

The Vans Warped Tour: A Transient Industrial Bohemia

Last week I discussed the punk rock tradition and how through non-conformity and the traditional components of punk rock: individual freedom and anti-authoritarian sentiment actually creates a conformist bohemia. This is done through the musicians’ ability to create an artistic space within a city that once the musicians make it to the mainstream and attract […]

The Bohemian, The Brooklynite, and the Blogger

While New York City is officially split into five boroughs, any good New Yorker knows the divide goes farther than the split between Queens and Brooklyn. Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Staten Island all make up a collective of over two-hundred different neighborhoods ranging from the financially sufficient neighborhoods like Sutton Place or Astoria […]

The Bartender: Living a Double Life

Recently, a friend and I decided to have a change in pace for the weekend. We headed up to Boston to check out this bar she had been raving about for months now. It was a cold Saturday night, we considered ourselves lucky that the line of around ten people fit indoors. We were greeted […]

Bohemia the Prison

Richard Lloyd in his book, Neo-Bohemia, provides a history of the rise of artists, or bohemians, in Chicago’s Wicker Park. I want to look specifically at the 20th century, postindustrial bohemia. The postindustrial bohemia brought in new artists to the city, looking to live and work creatively, but found themselves filling the title of, ‘the […]