I read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States about twenty years ago. At that time, I was impressed by its breadth, and I’d found its slant as uncompromising as it was inspiring; I still am, and do. Since that time, I’ve read a few of his other books, and read and listened to a bunch of his interviews. I also had a chance to see and hear him speak in person a few times, and even asked him two questions at one of his talks (I think one of them had something to do with the treacherous waters one swims in when choosing between the “lesser of two evils”). I also geeked out and got his autograph on my copy of his book Terrorism and War.
Today is a sad day.
John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.