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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 25 - Paul Buhle on Robin Hood

Tonight at 8 PM on Bibliocracy, KPFK 90.7 FM:  PAUL BUHLE.  The Bibliofella welcomes back to the air one of the leading editors, social historians, archivists, anthologists of Left culture, but also just a really fun guy who likes comics a whole lot, and has done so much to make them a people’s medium in the political sense.  He is author or editor of, to name only a few, 

a comic book version of Howard Zinn’s  A People’s History of American Empire and of Students for a Democratic Society:  A Graphic History.  With his friend and collaborator Harvey Pekar, he organized Jews and American Comics:  An Illustrated History of an American Art Form.   One of my favorites is Wobblies:  A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World, featuring art by Pekar, Seth Tobocman, Sue Coe and Spain Rodriguez.  Tonight, just in time for the Arab Spring, Occupy USA, Wisconsin labor protests, heroic Dream Activists and all the rest of the necessary, vital and beautiful resistance to power, coercion and violence:  Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest!  Yes, clad in green, and alive in imagination, Hood appears and reappears just when we need him:  in poetry, books, television and film, as a powerful and empowering trope.  My guest Paul Buhle has just edited a collection of critical essays on the Hoodster, with illustrations by some terrific artists:  Chris Hutchinson, Gary Dumm and Sharon Rudahl.  New from the great PM Press, Buhle will talk with me about the Man in Green and about his newest collection, Robin Hood:  People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero.  Thanks for listening, live on the radio or online, and downloadable for free at the KPFK station archives.  

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