This is Guantánamo detainee Shaker Aamer’s short story about Colonel John Bogdan, the man who effectively ran the camps at Guantánamo Bay from June 2012 till June this year. Bogdan’s tenure was an unpopular one with detainees; the mass hunger … Continue reading
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Wednesday, November 12, 7pm Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center The New Inquiry, Guernica, and Verso Books present the launch event of Rohini Mohan celebrated debut work of creative non-fiction set in postwar Sri Lanka, “The Seasons of Trouble.” We’re joined by journalists … Continue reading
I’ve made my living as an artist for eight years, almost entirely without galleries, and until relatively recently without agents. It was a death-slog that threw me into periodic breakdowns . I’m pretty successful now. I make a good living, … Continue reading
But what sort of politics does one have, and what sort of world will they make, if they demand that their beliefs consume everything? We must leave space for irreverence, for non-didacticism, for hard questions, for the humanity of everyone … Continue reading
While Snowden’s NSA revelations are most associated with the internet, “online surveillance” is a bit of a misnomer. The web long ago bled into meatspace. A CCTV camera could easily capture your face, then link that up to your Facebook … Continue reading
Occupy Wall Street activist Shawn Carrié always dreamed of becoming a classical pianist, and he was on his way, with a full music scholarship to New York University. That all changed on March 17, 2012, when, during a demonstration at … Continue reading
““With the exception of Vice News, ISIS has permitted no foreign journalists to document life under their rule in Raqqa,” Crabapple wrote. “Instead, they rely on their own propaganda. To create these images, I drew from cell-phone photos a Syrian … Continue reading
OR Books just released a look inside Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, edited by John Freeman, illustrations by Molly Crabapple The book is now shipping. Get your copy here.
I have been working this summer on my memoir, Drawing Blood. Having just sent the latest draft to my editor, I’ve begun working on the interior illustrations of many of my beautiful friends. All drawings are done on Arches paper, … Continue reading
“The world is connected now. Where it breaks, we all break. But it is our world, to love as it burns around us. Jack Gilbert is right. “We must risk delight” in the summer of monsters. Beauty is survival, not … Continue reading
8/26 NYC Benefit for Seth Kushner Seth Kushner is a a brilliant photographer, comic creator, collaborator and long time personal friend. Please join us for an evening of live comix readings, music & comedy to raise funds for the health care costs related … Continue reading
They say Sheikh Zayed built Abu Dhabi, just like Louis XIV built the Louvre. But this is a myth. Vijay built Abu Dhabi more than Sheikh Zayed did. He built it growing deeper in debt each day, his feet sinking … Continue reading
“Also notable, and on the agitprop front, is Molly Crabapple’s ‘Portraits of myself and Lola Montes with things said about us by our contemporaries.’ This outsize painted wood cutout has faces from pulp-fiction illustrations covered with enough written comments to … Continue reading
Imprisonment is erasure. The state locks a person in a cage—without context, without community, without love. He becomes not human but a widget passing through a system of absolute control. The CMU enacts a double erasure: it represents the ultimate … Continue reading
Cover art (and interior illustrations) by Molly Crabapple for Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. Click here for a full list of contributors and to preorder your copy.
Molly Crabapple designed the poster for the upcoming documentary “The Hedgehog and the Hare” about Andrew Auernheimer and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read more on their funded Kickstarter campaign page.
In June, Molly Crabapple was invited by the Karam Foundation to the Salam School in Turkey, a mentorship program for children displaced by the Syrian War. While there, she covered the walls with her drawings and wheat pastes based on many Syrian fables.
Molly appeared on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon program yesterday, July 11th, to discuss drawing at Guantanamo Bay. See the gallery here, and listen to the interview.
“ISIS are good fighters, but we fucked them,” Yusuf Halap said in fluent English. Journalist Patrick Hilsman and I were sitting with Yusuf and two other young media activists in the Bab al Salam camp for internally displaced Syrians, a … Continue reading