I've been flea market shopping in the former east of Berlin, and I am now the proud owner of about 90 copies of Das Magazine from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. These monthly issues were the rough equivalent of the New Yorker mixed with Playboy in the GDR. It cost me a fortune to post them back to the United States, but hopefully they will offer a nice glimpse into life under state socialism.
Discussing her book: Finding Women in the State
Here is the cover of the German version of my book, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence. I am sad that they didn’t include the subtitle, but it does make the cover look much cleaner and less cluttered. It’s out on October 27, 2019!
Thanks so much to Sophia Benoit for asking such great questions.
Well, at least to pretend that I am traveling to Spain, France, and California through an assortment of rosé wines from my local state-owned and operated Fine Wines & Good Spirits. Indeed, all of the stores selling wine and spirits in the state of Pennsylvania are owned by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Given that 50% of the profits in the alcohol industry are generated through retail sales, opponents of the state control of retail alcohol profits have been trying to force Pennsylvania to privatize the state-run wine and liquor stores for years. They have consistently failed.
it’s nice to know that every time I drink a glass of rosé, I am supporting the state budget of Pennsylvania!
For those of you interested in the works of Alexandra Kollontai and her views on sexuality, I finally finished reading the final part of her 1923 essay, "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth" for my A.K. 47 podcast. I’ll be discussing it in depth during my next episode, but make sure you listen to the whole essay before you listen to the discussion.
One of my colleagues in the UK snapped this photo in the bookshop of Tate Modern. So happy to be so close to the words of Naomi Klein.
Just received a hard copy of the March/April issue of the Bulgarian women’s magazine, Zhenata Dnes. They included a translation of a review of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism and mentioned it on the cover!
I am so thrilled and honored that Baroness Rosie Boycott took the time to write such a thoughtful review essay of my book and Virginia Nicholson’s for the weekend edition of the Financial Times. It is wonderful when someone really understands your work within a wider context.
This explains the basic state of the dialogue about socialism in the United States right now.
I’m all in favor of point four.
I’d missed this back in January when it first appeared, but I have to say, as a long time comic fan, it is really thrilling to see one’s name in a speech bubble (in the upper right hand corner). Thanks very much to the talented Anya Davidson!