Joshua Clover (@bookofriot) is a professor at the University of California, Davis, where he writes about poetry and economic crisis.
Choreographed for maximum appeal, pop culture likes to say yes. History is made by those who say no.
How “Fuck the Police” came to narrate the town’s humiliations and violations.
The story of country music is not love and happiness but love and work.
Squarepop—public squares of refusal—is the broken madness of the world stood on its head.
Are we all Westeros now?
The teenpop of the teens has proved discomfiting, like the dead brought back to life.
Thinking about debt has become pop, and David Graeber’s Debt is the genre’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
Stories of shipwreck and drift are Hollywood’s new allegories of national ruin.
When it comes to protest, are pop songs smarter than us, knowing what they can and cannot do?