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Left is scattered and the far right is assuming greater power and influence Along the way they drink far too much coffee become hypnotized by street art and somehow manage not to get arrested or muggedDISCORDIA is an experiment in form using the illustrated ebook format to its fullest extent to tell a story uniue to the word length and digital platform involved Crabapple's intricate Victorian inspired ink drawings lend a timeless uality to what is a conscious foray into a new kind of journalism inspired by the New Journalism of the 1970s in particular the art journalism collaborations of Hunter Thompson and Ralph Steadman but reworking that tradition for a 21st century world where young women must still fight at every turn to be taken seriouslyDISCORDIA weaves together the p. I really like Laurie Penny s journalism and this short bookextended column is a good example of her writing It s accompanied by Molly Crabapples brilliant illustrations so it is a modern gonzo reportage similar but different to Hunter S Thompson and Ralph Steadman The story of Greek misery is distressing however and I worry what the future holds for us

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Ersonal and political picking out those elements of the Greek crisis that are recognizable across the West to a generation struggling to articulate its purpose in a world of spiraling unemployment democratic collapse and civil unrest The solutions to the failure of modern neo liberal statecraft are very different to the 'tune in turn on drop out' ethos of the sixties these days the drugs are worse and rock 'n' roll can't save us The future is a uestion in search of an answerAvailable only digitally with a foreword by economic journalist and writer Paul Mason this beautifully illustrated ebook is part polemic part travelogue and part paean to the birthplace of civilization brought to its knees Part of the Brain Shot series the pre eminent source of short form digital non ficti. Initially I picked this up because I love both Laurie Penny s writing I think she s the closest thing we have to an actual factual Spider Jerusalem and Molly Crabapple s art And I guess I wanted to know about Greece s troubles as one of the things I ve been working on this year is being politically aware I certainly didn t expect to read something that was so totally relevant to what we re currently going through in Puerto Rico Greece is an ocean away after all and their politics are so different than ours How couldBut once again it turned out to be a case of me underestimating our innate and so so human ability to brilliantly and marvelously fuck things up Puerto Rico s going through something of an economic upheaval and it s left our politics and political discourse in disarray So much of the subject matter and attitudes discussed here struck so many similar chords that it left me a bit shaken to say the least Greece has been journeying through this deep and problematic cavern for a while now though and we re just now foolishly and recklessly stumbling into it We can just see the dark abyss for now and that in of itself is scary enough but if Penny and Crabapple s reportage is anything to go by there is light shining at the end of it all It s a distant light of course and you have to struggle to see it But that is kind of the point

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DISCORDIA is a story of courage and collapse in a country and a culture struggling to map out its future A short ebook combining a 24000 word essay with 36 detailed drawings DISCORDIA is a feminist art gonzo journalism project conceived at Occupy Wall Street and created in the summer of debt and doubt after the euphoric street protests of 2011 2012In July 2012 artist Molly Crabapple and journalist Laurie Penny traveled to Greece There they drew and interviewed anarchists autonomists striking workers and ordinary people caught up in the Euro crisis DISCORDIA is the result In an impassioned climate where ‘objective’ journalism is impossible Penny and Crabapple offer a snapshot of a nation in the grip of a very modern crisis where young and old see little reason to go on the. The book gives good insight into the Greek financial crisis and the rise of neo fascism and how these things affect everyday life for the people of Athens I love the gonzo style A lot Penny writes in a raw and honest Thomson esue way But still I was a bit disappointed by this book Penny talks to many people but simply ignores some of the most interesting ones like the anarchists She dismisses the anarchists by saying basically that anarchists are traditionally hostile to reporters in Greece and that anarchists would never talk to her based on an incident where she was kicked out of some autonomous anarchist gathering years ago What So instead of talking to the actual left radicals of Greece she spends most her time talking to imho boring pro SYRIZA social democrat left coalition people So the main political view the book is left with disappoints me as I can not see how SYRIZA can be Greece s salvation at allBut The coverage of demos the descriptions of violence depression poverty and sualor and her their heartfelt meetings with normal Greeks are excellently written Penny manages to catch both the despair and the dark humor of the crisis without it becoming poverty porn Crabapple s drawings and sketches add to the atmosphere as well but I suppose my Kindle did not do them justice


10 thoughts on “Discordia

  1. says:

    The book gives good insight into the Greek financial crisis and the rise of neo fascism and how these things af

  2. says:

    In July 2012 journalist and author Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple known for her Victorian inspired art and her role in Occupy Wall Street went to crisis ridden Greece spending six days and nights to gather first hand impressions and see what actual people living there have to say Discordia published only three months later in digital form only is the result of this an essay of about 24000 words by Penny enriched with amazing ill

  3. says:

    Five stars are not enough to rate this amazing piece of journalism meets art A critical look at the state of the world as exemplified by crisis ridden Greece that doesn't even pretend to try being objective because there is no such thing Read Whatever your political leanings I dare you not get sad and angry at the capitalist police state that is spreading like a cancer and swallowing our freedom Beautifully illustrated b

  4. says:

    I really like Laurie Penny's journalism and this short bookextended column is a good example of her writing It's accompanied by Molly

  5. says:

    Check this out if you're at all curious about exactly how fucked Greece is right now

  6. says:

    Brief Kindle eBookreportage with illustrations from Athens Best account I've read of a society crumbling under a

  7. says:

    living a way over here in Central Canada I was unaware of just how deliberately fucked Greece iswas

  8. says:

    Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple journey to Greece to cover the state of the nation following financial collapse Discordia reports on the struggle of normal people who have gone from living comfortably to the oth

  9. says:

    Initially I picked this up because I love both Laurie Penny's writing I think she's the closest thing we have to an actual

  10. says:

    A year has passed and it might look like nothing has changed but nothing's ever going to be uite the same not f

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