Behold America – America First & The American Dream Explored

Behold America by Sarah Churchwell It was on Monday, 30th May, 1927, that patriotic New Yorkers took to the streets to celebrate Memorial Day. Also on the streets that day were members of the organisation of American Fascists, an Italian-American alliance that supported Mussolini. They marched through Manhattan with sporadic fights breaking out against those […]

Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit (Song Of Protest)

This song is a commentary upon the lynching of two black men, J. Thomas Shipp and Abraham S Smith, in the town of Marion, Indiana on 7th August, 1930. Both had been accused of robbing and murdering a white factory worker, and raping his girlfriend. They were being held in the local jailhouse. A mob […]

The Two-Bear Mambo – Off-Beat Novel By Joe R. Lansdale

The Two-Bear Mambo by Joe R. Lansdale Hap and Leonard are back in this raucous ride through the back roads of East Texas. This time the two anti-heroes are asked to investigate the disappearance of Florida Grange, an ex of Hap’s who visited the notoriously racist area of Grovetown. The beautiful Florida is black, and […]

Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird Sequel

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee Scout Finch is all grown up. The central figure from Harper Lee’s award-winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, is now twenty-six and going by her given name of Jean Louise Finch. In Lee’s long awaited sequel, we get to experience a different side to Jean Louise’s family life […]

Far-right Extremism In The USA

There has much discussion of late concerning the emergence of the far right in the USA as a force to be reckoned with. Sadly, it would appear that this political position has always been to the fore in US politics, but under various guises that made it less noticeable. The US military and agencies such […]

White Doves At Morning – Novel By James Lee Burke

White Doves At Morning by James Lee Burke Burke’s back, and what a return he makes! James Lee is at his very best in this scintillating chronicle of Louisiana before, during and after the US Civil War. It’s a story of family, friendship, love, loyalty, war and the horrors of a conflicted society rife with […]