Posting History for Nicholas Powers
|Her: A Review of the Film and it's Politics
“Choke me with the dead cat,” she pants over the phone. Theodore stops masturbating. “Okay,” he says cautiously, “I’m choking you with the dead cat. I’m pulling the dead cat’s tail ...
|Black Consciousness in a Post Heroic Age
MANDELA DIED — I stared at the text and read it again, then again, the words zapping me as if I were licking a battery. From the train window, Long Island was an endless row of doll- houses. Again,
|House of Cards: A Review
The first time I met Frank, he was strangling a dog to death. “There are two kinds of pain,” he drawled. “The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s ...
|A Review of X-Men: Days of Future Past
“Excuse me that was my seat,” he leaned on the rail and pointed beneath her legs, “I put my bag under it.” I looked at them as the silence in the air became charged with something ugly. “...
|Letter from Karl Marx
Editor’s Note: Since the financial crash of 2008, there has been a revival of interest in the writings of Karl Marx, especially among disenchanted millennials faced with bleak economic prospects ...
|Now All Men: Sexism, Objectification and Violence
"I don’t know why you girls aren’t attracted to me,” he said into the camera. “But I will punish you all for it.” The next day, on May 24, news headlines said that a young man named Elliot ...
|Somebody Blew Up Poetry (for Amiri Baraka)
They say it’s some terrorist poet, some old man in Newark who burned his lips on America. They say he one of those radical blacks with an A-Rab name, Amiri Baraka. They say he a suicide bomber ...
|The Washington Drones Win the Superbowl
Sports plays a societal role in engendering jingoist and chauvinist attitudes. They're designed to organize a community to be committed to their gladiators. – Noam Chomsky “The Washington ...
|Affirmative Action Orgasms
"Here,” I said, and gave her a petite, tourist shop bell. “If you’re stressed out, bored and want an orgasm, ring it.” She stared at me and a cascade of emotions washed over her face. “Are ...
|I Thought I Was Going to Be a Big Hero: Interview with Nick Powers
In August 2001, Nicholas Powers returned to New York to start a new life. Working as an adjunct at Borough Manhattan Community College, he walked past the rubble of the Twin Towers on his way to ...
|The Resurgence of White Supremacy in Post Racial America
August 5, 2013 — While writing this, I hear gunshots. Soon a police helicopter circles the Louis Armstrong Projects next door; its spotlight sweeps their rooftops like a submarine inspecting an ...
|Under the Gaze: Surveillance In America
June 2011 — Five men got into a car. Akram Shah, a pharmacist, picked up his cousin Sherzada, a student; Atiq-ur-Rehman, another pharmacist; Ishrad Khan, a teenager; and Umar Khan, an auto mechanic.
|Society of Addiction: How Capitalism Makes Us Into Junkies
I waited three months to eat a Krispy Kreme. I mean I waited. Every week or so, I take the train to Penn Station, quickly zigzagging through crowds. And every time I have the same internal monologue �
|The Storm: A Fiction Story on Climate Change and NYC
IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD," they yelled and raised their hands as the music reached into their bodies, driving them with the fear and rage they felt since hearing about the storm. Muhammad saw ...
|Elegy for Kimani Gray: Young Black Man Shot by the NYPD
When cleaning his room, they may see a shirt tossed over a chair and smell him, faint, on the collar. They may embrace his pants, as if carrying him to bed like when he was a child. A box may be ...
|Touched by an Angel: Thoughts on the New Pope
It comes out of the dark. Memories like steam leave the person confused, ashamed and scared. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse won’t know for years what happened to their bodies. The hot hands ...
|Death at My Doorstep: Gun Violence in America
I was shot six times,” he said and rolled up his sleeve. When Frankie peeled back the gauze, I saw holes in his forearm as if he had been stung by a giant metal insect. “What the hell,” I ...
|The Day After Hurricane Sandy
It was beautiful, the hurricane. On the website, it was a white spiral as if someone unplugged a drain in the sky and the clouds swirled down. It spun over the Caribbean, leaving a trail of dark ...
|The Soul is a Metaphor: A Review of Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas Directed by Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski Warner Brothers, 2012 The audience claps in thunderous waves as she walks on stage and bows, her pink dreads like a flower on ...
|Jim Crow America
Imagine living in Jim Crow America. You are born to a single mother who is one of the ten million black people in poverty. On the television, in casual talk or music you learn by age five that black ...
|Hollywood and the Corporate Dystopia
http://indypendent.org/2012/11/01/hollywood-and-corporate-dystopia Corporations are people, my friend,” former Gov. Mitt Romney shouted over hecklers at a campaign event last August. They ...
|Beyond Obama: Politics and Transference
At an October 2008 Obama rally, Peggy Joseph, a black woman, held a palm to her chest and said, “I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my ...
|President Obama Kills Osama Bin Laden (with his bare hands)
A satirical story on the irony behind this celebration of Bin Laden's death.
|The History of a Dream: A Fictional Account of a Social Movement
Nicholas Powers imagines a history of the past two years in which the people who worked for Obama’s election went on to build their own movement for change. This story first appeared at the ...
|The Race Against Race
Why the ABC Democratic debate fit into a larger pattern of racism.
Personal reflection on minor absurdities of MLK ...
Why we will never leave Iraq.
|The Big Mother
A psycho-analytic reading of Clinton's "Children" ad.
A look back at the Spitzer scandal and what it says about American political culture. The question being, why do we love scandal?
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