"Moreso than any other historical event, assassination stokes the fires of the counterfactual imagination." autraumaton is pleased to announce the publication of "BANG! THUD: World Spirit from a Texas School Book Depository," by Andrea Sun-Mee Jones and Joshua Dubler, illustrated by Seth Price.
The establishment of the so-called conservative "big frame" over the last few decades has been accompanied by the sedimentation of a strange bedfellow in American academia: progressive pragmatism. Constantly on the lips of these "vulgar practical men" (Mao) is a word that plagues any vaguely "political" discussion in the classroom: "agency." What does it mean to be a social agent? How is it that we measure change in the world? If agency, as the authors quip, is simply effects divided by actions, is not the assassin the exemplary social agent? Don't let the wry humor with which they answer these questions fool you: Jones and Dubler's short work is nothing short of a complete subversion of our basic assumptions about social change. "Bang! Thud" will take you an afternoon to read but a life change to process.
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