Across the World Minds Are Narrowing. We Must Fight Back.

Exclusionary tribalism is making a comeback. In America, the Cheetos Fascist rallies the crowds with promises to Make America Great Again, a feat he intends to accomplish by kicking out Mexicans and Muslims, and kicking black people down. Never mind that his Great America never actually existed. And though the Brexit was a 17.4-million-vote fuck you to David Cameron and the austerity-loving EU, it was also a self-destructive convulsion of xenophobia. Within days, eastern Europeans and people of color reported over a hundred instances of racist abuse. A letter reading “Leave the EU. No more Polish vermin” appeared in the mailboxes of Polish families in Huntingdon. To many Leave voters, taking Britain back meant more than booting out the EU’s technocrats – they wanted to purge their island of foreigners and brown people too.

-Molly Crabapple

Across the world minds are narrowing. We must fight back. The Guardian 06/27/2016 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/27/global-intolerance-donald-trump-arts-solidarity-inclusion

BIG NEWS!

Molly and frequent collaborator Marwan Hisham are writing and illustrating a book detailing Marwan’s experiences in the Syrian war – from his youth to the Arab Spring to the current ISIS occupation. It will be published by Random House/Penguin’s newly revitalized One World imprint and spearheaded by the brilliant editor Chris Jackson.

For a look at their past collaborations in Vanity Fair please check out the following links to the Vanity Fair Website:

Scenes from Daily Life in the de Facto Capital of ISIS
Scenes from Daily Life Inside ISIS-Controlled Mosul
Scenes from Inside Aleppo: How Life Has Been Transformed by Rebel Rule

 

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VICE: The Woman Who Fought and Won Against New York’s Special Prostitution Courts

Out now is a follow-up to Molly’s special report from 2015 on New York City’s prostitution courts. Includes a new interview with the amazing  Love.

 

 

When Love was a sex worker in Hunts Point, she said, police knew where women like her lived, and snatched them whenever they ventured outside—whether they were doing sex work or not. Because many of these women were poor, and some had problems with pimps or addiction, they made deals with prosecutors rather than try to fight. One lawyer familiar with the courts told me that, even in the rare occasions when an undercover officer was caught making a false arrest, he suffered no professional consequences beyond embarrassment.

 

Click here for full article: https://www.vice.com/read/the-woman-who-fought-and-won-against-new-yorks-special-prostitution-courts

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Speaking in Beirut

 

This week Molly will be at the American University in Beirut presenting lectures and speaking with students about her work.  If you’re around and would like to join us, info on the event is here:  http://www.aub.edu.lb/Events/Pages/EventDetails.aspx?ItemId=2277

This event is immediately following her whirlwind tour of London where she spoke about Drawing Blood in front of sold-out audiences at both Waterstones’ Piccadilly and the Frontline Club.

 


Molly also had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Christiane Amanpour of CNN. The video of that interview is available below.

 

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LONDON TOUR 2016

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Monday April 4th at 7pm:  Waterstone’s Bookstore.

Little Atoms and Waterstone’s present Molly Crabapple in conversation with acclaimed broadcaster Paul Mason, author of PostCapitalism, for an evening of wide-ranging discussion hosted by Little Atoms.

Tickets are £5, redeemable against purchase of Drawing Blood.

Click here to purchase tickets before they run out!

  

Wednesday April 6th at 7pm: The Frontline Club

Molly Crabapple will speak Wednesday at the Frotnline Club to reflect on recent projects and to share her personal insight into the use of art as a tool for better understanding and documenting current events. With US presidential primaries now firmly underway, she will discuss her ongoing work on topical home turf issues including policing and the justice system, as well as her experiences covering the effects of conflict across the Middle East.

This event will be chaired by Natasha Lennard, a British-born, New York-based writer of news and political analysis, focusing on justice, power, biopolitics and dissent. She writes regularly for the Intercept, Fusion and Al Jazeera America, and has written for VICE News, The New York Times, Salon, The Nation and Politico, among others. She is editor-at-large at The New Inquiry journal.

Standard tickets are £12.50, Concession tickets are £10. Members pricing differs.
Please click here to read more about the event and purchase your tickets.

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VICE: What Life Is Like Inside the Besieged, War-Torn Syrian City of Aleppo

 

Every day more bombs fall on the eastern part of Aleppo, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, gradually turning neighborhoods into graveyards of rubble and dust. Recently, a member of the Aleppo’s civil defense (also known as the “White Helmets”) told me that airstrikes have targeted the city at least six times a day, concentrating on civil and residential neighborhoods. After bombing runs, he said, planes wait for first responders to gather, then bomb again. This is the notorious “double-tap” strategy that allegedly killed Canadian photojournalist Ali Moustafa and that was used in December against an MSF hospital in Homs.

Read the full article at Vice.com : https://www.vice.com/read/what-life-is-like-inside-the-besieged-war-torn-syrian-city-of-aleppo

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March Events

March 4th: ArtNet Panel Discussion with Ben Davis

CONFRONTING THE POLITICAL
Moderated by Brian Boucher, senior writer, artnet News
Molly will be joined by Kameelah Janan Rasheed (artist, writer, arts editor of SPOOK, and contributing editor of The New Inquiry), Dread Scott (artist), and Hank Willis Thomas (artist).

How do artists engage with today’s most pressing social and political issues? Four hard-hitting artists will touch on issues like the upcoming presidential election, Islamophobia, and Black Lives Matter.

 

More information on the ArtNet event: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/volta-ny-salon-2016-431138

March 7th: Seriously Entertaining at Joe’s Pub

The past is a foreign country, so bring your passports when our Seriously Entertaining literary cabaret embarks from its new berth at Joe’s Pub at the Public. Join the House of SpeakEasy on a journey through memory and experience – what will we find?

Molly will be joined by novelist David Ebershoff, Memoirist George Hodgman, amd Critic & Memoirist Margo Jefferson.

More information on the House of Speakeasy event: http://www.houseofspeakeasy.org/

Tickets $15.00 – $35.00

 

[EDIT] March 23rd: Grit Lit Salon

Each Salon will feature 1-2 contemporary authors who will read brief selections from a published or soon-to-be published work, and then answer questions from a host/moderator and the crowd.  

More information on this event forthcoming.

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Kala Ghoda Festival: Workshop and Lecture

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are able to attend the exquisite Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai next week, Molly will be speaking both on February 7th for Blueprints for a 21st Century Artist  and February 9th on the Art and #WW3 panel discussing how art and writing impact politics and current realities.

 

                

 

February 7th

Blueprints for a 21st century Artist
Date: Sunday 7th February
Timing: 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.
Venue: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum),  Seminar Room, 1st Floor, East Wing Extension Building, 159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Next to Jehangir Art Gallery

February 9th

Art and #WW3 — How art and writing impact activism, politics and current realities
Date: Tuesday, 9th February 2016
Timing: 7:30 to 8:30 pm
Venue: David Sassoon Library Garden, 152 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Opposite Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001
Panelists: Molly Crabapple and Raghu Karnad

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The Jaipur Literary Festival 2016

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We’re honored this year to be a part of the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India. Molly will be speaking on multiple occasions during this week-long celebration and if you’re around, here is her schedule:

 

Thursday, 21st of January from 12:25pm-1.25pm

Drawing Blood- The Narrative Art of Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple moderated by William Dalrymple
Located at Mahindra Humanities Durbar Hall
In conversation with William Dalrymple, Crabapple offers her own story: an unforgettable memoir of artistic exploration, political awakening, and personal transformation.

Sunday, 24th of January from 12:25pm-1:25pm

Eyeless in Gaza

Laleh Khalili, Omar Barghouti, and Molly Crabapple moderated by Jonathan Shainin
Located at Charbagh
Gaza has become synonymous with conflict and pain. Though only 140 square miles, the small territory of Gaza has been a hot spot for bitter disputes between sparring powers over millennia. Wedged between the Negev and Sinai deserts on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, a marginal area neither Israel nor Egypt wanted, at the Palestinian Nakba in 1948, and the creation of the state of Israel, it became home to 200,000 people expelled from their homes. It is here that Palestinian nationalism grew and sprouted into a dream of statehood, an unfinished journey still filled with much pain and strife. Palestinian writers Susan Abulhawa and Omar Barghouti, Founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, and artist Molly Crabapple to discuss the territory that symbolises all that is most painful in the tragedy of the Palestinians. Moderated by Jonathan Shainin.

Monday, 25th of January from 2:30pm-3:30pm

From Abu Ghraib to Guantanamo

Laleh Khalili in conversation with Molly Crabapple
Located at Baithak

Khalili’s book Time in the Shadows investigates the two major liberal counterinsurgencies of our day: Israeli occupation of Palestine and the U.S. War on Terror. She deftly demonstrates that whatever the form of incarceration—visible or invisible, offshore or inland, containing combatants or civilians—liberal states have consistently acted illiberally in their counterinsurgency confinements. As our tactics of war have shifted beyond slaughter to elaborate systems of detention, liberal states have warmed to the pursuit of asymmetric wars. Ultimately, Khalili confirms that as tactics of counterinsurgency have been rendered more ‘humane,’ they have also increasingly encouraged policymakers to willingly choose to wage wars. Laleh Khalili will be in conversation with radical artist Molly Crabapple.


 

Molly will also be speaking in:

New Delhi on January 28th at 7pm at the Piano Man Jazz Club.

and in Mumbai as a presenter at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.  She will be presenting her talk “Blueprints for a 21st Century Artist” a 10am on February 7th.  and on February 9th at 7:30pm she will be participating in the talk “Art and #WW3”

We hope you can tune in, either in person or by following Molly’s tweets @mollycrabapple.

 

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Reza Aslan Interviews Molly

 

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It’s already the third week of the new year and we’re still feeling the love for Molly’s Drawing Blood.

These past few days have seen the release of a number of really great articles, reviews, and interviews including one by Reza Aslan, author of the amazing book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Please take a moment to check it out:

Omnivoracious: Lonely, Intensely Difficult, and Generally Torturous. January 15, 2016.

And some others we’re especially proud of:

 

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Molly on SoPopular with Janet Mock – 1/8/016

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#ReadingDrawingBlood Contest Winners

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We asked you to send us pictures from where you were reading and boy did you ever respond. Drawing Blood has reached so many creases, corners, and crevasses of the world – it’s like feeling like a proud parent watching their offspring become an indomitable adventuress.

You sent us #s from…. jury waiting rooms, coffee shops, burlesque clubs, balconies in San Andres, rock concerts, with cats (so many cats!), with dogs, with whiskey (yay whiskey!), with art, in the bath, on rooftops, in firetrucks and in so many more combinations of people, places, and things. We’re honored to have such a creative and well traveled readership.

Winner:

It was a really hard call but the winner of the #ReadingDrawingBlood contest was….

Runners Up:

 

 

 

A big thanks to everyone who entered. We loved seeing your photos and hearing about how much you were enjoying Drawing Blood. Even if the contest is now over feel free to continue tweeting at us and sharing your reading experiences. We’re all horrendous greedy-grubby book-a-vores here.

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New York Times Op-Ed: A List Maker Attempts the Impossible

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I started making resolutions as a sullen 11-year-old, whose life could not have been farther from her desires. In my head, I was an artist and writer, drinking bitter coffee in Europe, filling my sketchbooks with the world. My reality was mostly spent in in-school suspension. To keep sane, I began notebooks, full of lists — of languages I’d learn, places I’d go and ways I’d do my hair, once I was out in the vast world beyond childhood.

–Molly Crabapple, A List Maker Attempts the Impossible. New York Times, Dec 30, 2015

Read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2015/12/30/the-power-of-new-years-resolutions/a-list-maker-attempts-the-impossible

 

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2015: The Year in Review

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This was the year of Drawing Blood

I worked on this damn book for two years.  It was the hardest, most miserable, isolating, troll-beast making work of my life, but damn.. I killed that word beast dead and now am standing on its suddenly beautiful corpse and I’ll say it.

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I wrote a book. 90,000 words.  100+ new drawings.  Its out in the world.  Its in Athens, Paris, Tehran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, London, The Mechanics Society Library and Chess Room of San Francisco and the Federal Prison System.

I don’t even care if it’s not cool or humble.  The book took everything in me. I’m fucking proud.

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Some press it got

New York Times Book Review

Buzzfeed (Alana, thank you)

Guardian

Daily Beast

NPR

VICE

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Typically, by the end of the year I don’t remember much of what happened.  Too much work makes time go fast.  These blog posts are a sort of reminder that things happened, art got made, whisky drank, dawns met from both sides.  Here’s some stuff I did.

*****

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I collaborated with Marwan Hisham, a young Syrian journalist, on pieces from Aleppo and Mosul. The first won a Front Page Award

Created video after video with Jim Batt and Kim Boekbinder, mostly about the prison system.  This one, for The Equal Justice Initiative, is something of which I’m immensely proud.

Got a Yale Poynter Fellowship

Got to talk about comics and violence with Art Spiegleman

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Learned to read Arabic (and write it with considerable less skill)

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Travelled to New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, LA, Gaza, Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine, Istanbul, Iraqi Kurdistan, the Turkish/Syrian Border, Beirut, and Amman.  Istanbul I never stop loving.

Read my work in Ramallah with the Palestine Festival of Literature

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Read so so many books

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Documented the work of Doctors Without Borders at a refugee camp for Syrians in Domiz

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Drew covers for the French punk feminist Virginie Despentes

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Wrote many articles, including ones about the man who videotaped Eric Garner’s murder, Gaza a year after the war, prison whistleblowers, the cruel fiction of borders.  Also some very mean apocalypse porn about Wall Street

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With my friends at the Karam Foundation, covered a refugee school’s library in Reyhanli with swarms of cats.  Karam has been doing brave, vital work with Syrian refugees for years. I’m honored to know them

Said “fuck” on CSPAN

Saw friends triumph, over and over again

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Drew pictures about the purification of language

Said no to someone famous

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Took a RISC course in battlefield first aid, that I will probably only use if and when I impale my foot while scampering around a bombed out building

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With Sarah Leonard, raised thousands of dollars for Greek solidarity activists helping refugees arriving by boat to the island of Chios

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Painted one of my best friends

Stayed up till dawn at the Plaza Hotel, with the best, worst, most brilliant women on earth.  Spontaneous dance party onstage with the best worst women at my book party, and loved my friends so hard.

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Along with everyone else, saw the world and country grow darker, more violent,  more fearful, more stupid and more twisted.

Became more convinced that we must hang on to these things: solidarity, beauty, generosity, defiance, and joy.

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Much loved friend and collaborator Seth Kushner died this year.  You’ll never be forgotten.

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West Coast Tour

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Just a reminder: we’re kicking off the West Coast tour TOMORROW December 14th at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington. Molly will be speaking starting at 7pm and will stick around to sign books and schmooze.

RSVP here!


 

Los Angeles

and immediately after – for all you LA residents – Molly will be at The Last Bookstore on Tuesday December 15th at 7pm. This event will feature her in conversation with author Laila Lalami, writer of “The Moor’s Account“.

RSVP Here!

Both stores are breathtakingly beautiful and worth a trip out to see in their own right. We’re so excited to be welcomed there and hope you can join us this week for some hardcore book-geeking-out.

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TWITTER CONTEST!

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We’re voracious readers (Molly is a book hoarder extraordinaire) and with that comes the need to find good places to read. We all have our favorites: Molly’s seems to be being curled up like a cat in the corner of her couch, the light from her large dusty windows illuminating the pages.

Where are you going to read your copy of Drawing Blood? In your favorite chair? At a coffee shop? On a bench overlooking the Seine? (If the last: we’re completely green with envy)

We’re holding a contest: anytime this week tell us on twitter where you plan on reading Drawing Blood (bonus points for photos) and hashtag your tweet #ReadingDrawingBlood. We’ll go through and pick our favorites and send one lucky winner a limited edition, signed and numbered giclee print from the book.

Can’t wait to see your replies!

*photo courtesy of Tash Lennard (featured in the book)

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Drawing Blood First Week Press

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This has been an amazing whirlwind of a week. Drawing Blood hit shelves this Tuesday and its been non-stop from there. We had THREE consecutive events in New York, tons of interviews that will be coming out next week, and a press blast full of effusive praise. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites below and encourage you to check them out. We’ll keep you updated as more come out.

Just a note to those who couldn’t make it to our New York events: Molly will be in Boston at Brookline Booksmith on December 8th. Following that her West Coast tour will take her to Seattle’s Elliot Bay Booksellers December 14th and the Last Bookstore in LA on December 15th.

Our Top Three Favorites:

  1. New York Times Book Review: Molly Crabapple’s ‘Drawing Blood’.  December 4, 2015.
  2. BuzzFeed Books: Molly Crabapple is the Writer Who Made Me a Writer.  December 3, 2015.
  3. The Guardian: “We’re just trying to use our art to consume the world” .  November 30, 2015.

Print and Web

Large Hearted Boy: Book Notes: Molly Crabapple’s Drawing Blood.  December 2, 2015.
Filmmaker Magazine: What Pretty Guts: Five Takeaways From Molly Crabapple on She Does Podcast.  December 2, 2015.
Bullish: New Books of Feminist Interest By Friends of Bullish (and Thoughts On Moving to New York).  December 2, 2015.
Men’s Journal: The 7 Best Books of December.  December 2, 2015.
Whatever: The Big Idea: Molly Crabapple.  December 1, 2015.
The Great Discontent: Molly Crabapple’s Drawing Blood.  December 1, 2015.
Fusion: Molly Crabapple on loosing art, words and herself upon the world.  December 1, 2015.
BoingBoing:: Molly Crabapple’s Memoir Drawing Blood.  December 1, 2015.
LitHub:: Molly Crabapple: My Life in a Parisian Bookstore.  December 1, 2015.
Bustle:: 13 of December 2015’s Best Books to Go With Your Holiday Cheer.  December 1, 2015.
Brooklyn Magazine: Blood Lines: Talking with Molly Crabapple about Drawing Blood.  December 1, 2015.
Jewish Channel: Up Close: Deborah Davis and Molly Crabapple.  November 30, 2015.
Dig Boston: Ink Big: Molly Crabapple Draws Blood, Writes Pain New Memoir .  November 30, 2015.
T magazine: From Nude Model to War Reporter.  November 30, 2015.
Shelf Awareness: Review: Drawing Blood.  November 29, 2015.
New Republic: Drawn and Cornered.  November 18, 2015.

Radio/Video

HuffPost Live: Drawing Blood’ Author Molly Crabapple LIVE. December 3, 2015.
Katie Halper Molly Crabapple on Drawing at Gitmo trials and why a photo will never defeat white supremacy. December 1, 2015.
She Does Podcast24. Molly Crabapple: What Pretty Guts. December 1, 2015.
LitUp Show: Episode 33: Molly Crabapple on the Paris Attacks, Refugees, Her Art and Witness Journalism. November 24, 2015.


 

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AND a shameless last plug: if these reviews haven’t convinced you that Drawing Blood is actually super really an amazing book and thrilling read – I’m not sure what more you need. A cookie? Sorry. Wish we could.

If we have stirred you to action please please buy the book. It’s available from all major online retail outlets and independent bookstores everywhere – like Elliot Bay (who also ships internationally!)

Still one more shameless plug: the above image is an illustration from the book (because hell yes absinthe is an amazing wonderful beverage) and we’ve made it available as a beautiful giclee print in our store. Please check it out along with other images from the book that we’ve made available there.

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VICE: The Paris Attacks, Refugees, and the Brutal Fiction of Borders

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Every god needs his priesthoods, his churches, his taboos, his talismans. We stood amidst them in Ataturk Airport, with its customs agents, gates, and scanners, holding our passports like supplicants awaiting an audience with the divine. My friend and I hugged goodbye. I waited on the long lines for security that he could not pass through. After I crossed to the other side, he texted me to wish me a safe flight.

-Molly Crabapple, VICE: The Paris Attacks, Refugees, and the Brutal Fiction of Borders, 11/19/2015

Click here to read the full article: https://www.vice.com/read/the-paris-attacks-refugees-and-the-fiction-of-borders-119

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