Why We Need Devin Patrick Kelley to be Crazy

Saying the Unsayable Every Time When the unspeakable occurs, where do we turn for answers? Whenever a politician or pundit — the two rusty gears of the great national blah-blah-chatter-machine — informs us that a shooting is an inarticulable tragedy — an unspeakable event — one can be sure this statement will be followed by excessive explanation. In the wake of yet another mass shooting … Continue reading Why We Need Devin Patrick Kelley to be Crazy

Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs

Young people had very few options in Nazi controlled Germany. Before Hitler took power, many young people in Germany were members of a “Bund,” a “band” or a “club”. These groups met to hike, write music, work on projects, and go camping together. By the end of 1933, all alternative youth organizations ceased to exist and, on March 25th, 1939, membership in the Nazi-controlled Hitlerjugend … Continue reading Songs of the Edelweiss Pirates and other German Youth Gangs