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Pop & Circumstance

Snowpiercer mocks what The Lego Movie cheers—a happy world of compulsory production.

Danny Cooke’s Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl summons a lost history of familiar and alien dreams.

The bogus moral outrage over The Interview.

A riot is a riot because it is not simply a message.

Film and TV are plagued by duration creep. Just like work—or unemployment.

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.


Joshua Clover
Joshua Clover (@bookofriot) is a professor at the University of California...