Hoja de Lata en Espana

October 31, 2014

One of my wondrous publishers in Spain is Hoja de Lata Editorial, a small press born in the spirit of making a virtue of necessity. Encouraged by this unique moment, they’ve recently launched what had long been their dream editorial project, a label committed to offering evocative readings for uncertain times through two collections. The first is Sensibles a las Letras, narratives of successful contemporary authors, updated translations of works that deserve another chance, early works by new authors and unreleased classics. The second collection is Mecanoclastia, essays that can serve as thoughtful tools for the work and struggles ahead. Our endearing mechanical toys are mostly made ​​of tin, but Hoja de Lata aims to provide a catalog that will last over time, designed for the reader who knows what she wants and dares to bet on different titles.


Please spread the word to all your Spanish-speaking companeros, and visit Hoja de Lata here:



One more review and another interview from Spain (below)

October 29, 2014

In Spain

October 27, 2014
Bernardine and me speaking to anarchists, activists, syndicalists, teachers, and revolutionaries—young and old—in Madrid last week:BB knocked them out in MadridDos Abuelos en Madrid

Two Books now in Spanish

October 27, 2014

Fugitive Days, Spanish Edition, is available from the brilliant press, Hoja de Lata (www.hojadelata.net); To Teach: the journey in comics, Spanish Edition, is available from the dazzling Ediciones Morata (www.edmorata.es) now in its 95th year.


From Fred’s awesome blog…THNX, Fred

October 22, 2014

Book review. Diving In: Bill Ayers and the Art of Teaching into the Contradiction.

by Fred Klonsky


Diving In: Bill Ayers and the Art of Teaching into the Contradiction.

Edited by Isabel Nuñez, Crystal T. Laura and Rick Ayers

Teachers College Press, Columbia University.

There is a tradition in academia that I was truthfully unaware of. The tradition uses the German word, festschrift.  A festschrift is a book of essays published in honor of a retiring professor. The essays may be about the person or influenced by the ideas of the person.

Diving In: Bill Ayers and the Art of Teaching into the Contradiction has both.

Bill is retired from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He retired while ago, it seems. But Diving In: Bill Ayers and the Art of Teaching into the Contradiction just arrived in the mail.

Disclosure: Bill and I have been friends for over 40 years. When I went back to the university in the 90s, he was already a professor at UIC and I was fortunate to be a graduate student in several of the classes he taught there.

I was honored that Bill’s brother Rick Ayers asked me to contribute to his festschrift. 

I normally don’t get asked to contribute to journals or collections of essays by academics. I don’t take it personally. I understand how the system works. K-5 Art teachers just don’t get asked to write for academic journals and published collections of essays.

My friend Bill has never been one to go along with the way the system works.

The two times that I have been asked to contribute to a journal where all the other contributors had a PhD after their names involved Bill.

He is also an ardent fan of this blog.

I am flattered.

My contribution is a series of stories involving Tony at the Red Line Tap. If you are a long-time reader of my blog you know Tony. And must surely know that Tony would be as surprised as I am to find himself in a festschrift.

There is also an essay, an imagined conversation between a student and teacher, by my former graduate advisor and friend, Bill Schubert.

There are more contributions by Bernardine Dohrn, Michelle Fine, Rashid Khalidi, Craig Kridel, David Stovall, the late Bill Watkins, Alice Kim. And others.

It’s a very good read if I do say so myself.

Even Tony would approve.

In light of the Professor Salaita decision and the trampling of academic freedom at Illinois

October 15, 2014

A proposed new form letter to potential faculty making its way around the university:


Dear Dr. _______

Congratulations! You may already be a professor at the University of Illinois!

I am pleased to say that we are provisionally offering you a possible job as an Associate Professor in the XXX department, contingent upon your background check and thought-process clearance. Please note that this offer is not enforceable in any way. It is, however, our sincere invitation to you to resign your current position, have your spouse quit their job, pull your children out of school and move to central Illinois on the off-chance that when you arrive, we might still hire you. Although the position is tenured, we ask that you to work for one month before we decide.

We are proud to say that you might be joining one of the finest research faculties in the world.   Of course, since Academic Freedom is central to our mission at Illinois, we would not want your freedom to speak out on controversial issues to be constrained in any way. Therefore, we offer our “Illinois Freedom Guarantee”: you are free to say whatever you like, and in return, we are free to fire you at the local newspaper’s request.

There are just a few more steps to take before we can provisionally confirm your employment: we will need to do a forensic analysis of your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Myspace and AOL accounts as well as your ATM access and the inscriptions on your high school yearbook. Please send us your most recent passwords and the name of your BFF from 12th grade.

We will need to install surveillance cameras in front of your house and current office. When you get here, you’ll be delighted to find that video surveillance is a standard feature in most office suites at U of I.

Please note that all faculty and prospective faculty are now subject to random autonomy testing. Governor Quinn will be in direct touch about our excellent selection of retirement plans.

To start your background check and clearance, please fill out and return the enclosed forms, with a check or money order for $50 dollars (non-refundable) and a recent DNA sample. You’ll be hearing from us very soon.

With sincerely conditional best wishes,


U of I

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October 10, 2014

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