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Weekly Roundup - 9/12/22

This week: In the responsa from our Summer 2022 Issue, Arielle Angel explores what happens to our movements when we become enthralled with our pain—and what healing could do for us. Mitch Abidor reviews Victor Serge’s final novel, Last Times. Plus, a poem by Nachoem M. Wijnberg, translated from Dutch by David Colmer and introduced by Claire Schwartz.

From the newsletter, Claire Schwartz interviews Zayd Ayers Dohrn about his radical upbringing among the Weather Underground. And now is a good time to revisit Naftuli Moster’s July op-ed holding progressive politicians in New York accountable for not protecting every child’s right to a basic education, apropos of a major investigation by The New York Times into Haredi religious schools.

Beyond Grievance
Though it may be a potent political tool, grievance can also maintain our investment in our own oppression.
Arielle Angel
World With No Escape

In his final novel, Last Times, Victor Serge achieved the ethical vision that sometimes eluded him in life.

Mitchell Abidor
Second Man
“If a man has traveled on a train / with a second man and that / second man dies, the other / accepts the rest of his life.”
Nachoem M. Wijnberg
Growing Up in the Struggle
In a new podcast, Zayd Ayers Dohrn unpacks his family’s radical history.
Claire Schwartz
Progressives Have Abandoned Haredi Children
Under pressure from communal leaders, left-wing Democrats in New York have failed to defend the right to a secular education.
Naftuli Moster