John W. W. Zeiser is a poet, journalist, and critic, currently living in Maine.
The Dreams Matter More
All the debates about “the middle class” come laden with one big false assumption....
“A Mix of Malcolm and Milton”: On Corey Robin’s “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas”
John W. W. Zeiser finds many keys in “The Enigma of Clarence Thomas” by Corey Robin....
Keep Even Man Where He Belongs
John W. W. Zeiser on the graphic adaptations "The Epic of Gilgamesh" by Kent H. Dixon and Kevin H. Dixon and "Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories" by Peter Kuper....
Beyond “Carceral Capitalism”
In "Carceral Capitalism," Wang’s essays set up the abolition of the carceral state as one of the key moral battles of this century....
Et in Arcadia Ego
How did René Descartes produce "cheap lives"? John W. W. Zeiser on "A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things."...
Zora Neale Hurston: “A Genius of the South”
John W. W. Zeiser reviews Peter Bagge's graphic biography "Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story."...
Bae Suah’s Narrative Collapse
The recently translated “A Greater Music” by Bae Suah is a dreamy time-warp of a novel that complicates our relationship with reality....
Lost in Thought
John W. W. Zeiser on "Vaseline Buddha"....
Beyond the Biopic
In an age where every other movie seems to be based on a "true" story or on the life of some revered leader, "Red Rosa" stands out as a way to do biography right....
Secrets and Lies
Kim came to the DPRK to escape her sorrows. But she should have known that a place with such systemic problems could not possibly offer her solace....
BLARB BLOG POSTS
The Times, They Aren’t a’Changin’
UTLA Strike Exposes the Heart of California’s Inequality Problem
Requiem for a Media: On the Execution of LA Weekly
Politicon: Where Cheers and Jeers Are More Important Than Political Engagement
Don’t Expect Liberalism to Come to the Defense of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Making Meaning at Coachella, in an Era of Collapse
Breakup Sex in a Hamlet-Mobile