Author Archives: srogouski

talkin’ ’bout my generation

One unforeseen consequence of Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court is that my generation – Brett Kavanaugh and I are exactly the same age – is in the media for the first time since the early 1990s, and not in a good way. I recognize everything about this hideous reactionary, this drunken, date rapist frat […]

Failing the Marshmallow Test

Originally posted on Notes from an Amazon Warehouse Slave:
It’s a slow day at Amazon. At most jobs this would mean an easy day. At Amazon it means more stress. As an Amazon Sortation Associate, I’m expected to scan at least 180 boxes an hour. That’s difficult enough when the conveyor belts are overloaded with…

Lincoln (1984)

Lincoln (who could probably dunk a basketball) and his generals after the Battle of Antietam. If you’ve spent much time talking about the United States Civil War with the far-right or the far-left, neither of whom have much use for Abraham Lincoln, you’ve undoubtedly read the famous passage from his August 22, 1862 open letter […]

Talking to the Homeless about White Privilege (A True Story)

It was just after sunrise when I got off the 2 train at 72nd Street and Broadway. Since I had not spent much time in the city for almost a decade, I bought a cup of coffee and sat down in the little park across the street from the old Central Savings Bank Building to […]

The Young Karl Marx (2017)

In 1850, a 32-year-old German philosopher named Karl Marx, an exile in London with his wife Jenny and their three daughters, spent a miserable January sick in bed with the flu. When he finally recovered in February, he tried to get back to the British Museum to do research for his freelance journalism, the family’s […]

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians by Chinese American directory Jon M. Chu is the kind of film only an ogre, or a grim, Marxist fanatic could hate. Being an ogre — a 50-year-old white male with more hair on his back than on his head — and a grim Marxist fanatic — I’d honestly like to see […]

route 22 by Bruce Longstreet

route 22 1. through the two inch-speaker of a japanese radio stashed under the pillow you lulled me to sleep and babbled all night making me think it was always night time on Route 22, dark and cheap on Route 22, only after midnight did the commercials come on WABC.   WABC is omni- present. […]

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Film often requires a suspension of disbelief. Star Wars features a 7-foot-tall space wizard walking around in a black S&M outfit choking grown men to death with mental telepathy. When we watch The Exorcist, we need to ignore human anatomy, to accept the idea that a 12-year-old girl can spin her head around 360 degrees […]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

If I asked any ten random people to describe what a revolutionary looks like, some people would probably say Lenin. Others would say Marx, Fidel Castro, Mao, Robespierre or George Washington. One or two might even say Jesus. I’m confident nobody would say “Fred McFeely Rogers,” the long running host of the eponymous PBS children’s […]

Leave No Trace (2018)

D.H. Lawrence’s observation that “the essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer,” that “it has never yet melted,” has always been obvious to everybody but Americans. Like all predators, we see ourselves, not as hunters, but as the hunted. In reality, we’ve always been both. For an Iraqi, a Vietnamese, or a […]