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The Woodstock Conservatism of Lana Del Rey
The pop star Lana del Rey has lately vacilated on participating in the international cultural boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society, at first postponing a planned concert appearance, then agreeing to join the lineup of a major festival, then canceling again. In this article, Kumars Salehi examines del Rey’s tepid and contradictory liberalism through a careful listening to the nostalgic and fatalistic soundworld of her music—which he ultimately finds trapped in an attachment to what the psychanalyst Sigmund Freud famously called “the death drive.” A pop cultural politics of liberation, Salehi shows, must spring from rather different impulses.
Only We Can Save Ourselves
Edward P relates the message of the anti-fascist panel held prior to the 8/18 counterprotest. Speakers from Black Lives Matter, Boston Feminists for Liberation, Boston DSA and the International Socialist Organization voiced the necessity of opposing the far right wherever and whenever they appear, denying them a platform to prevent their hate from becoming normalized in a public discourse all too sympathetic to their cause.