• Interview: I Go to Hell Again

    July 9, 2014

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    Posted in: #99Percent, Democracy, Economy, Post-Constitution America

    “Our rights are subject to the government’s desire to allow us to exercise them.”

    This is Hell! is a fascinating talk radio program on Chicago’s WNUR 89.3 FM, and podcast online. I spoke with them recently. Here’s what they had to say about the conversation:

    From real life battlefields in real life Iraq to metaphorical battlefields in fictionalized Ohio, Peter Van Buren‘s books detail lives caught up in failing systems, both real (We Meant Well) and imaginary (his first novel: Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent.)

    In Peter’s third appearance on This is Hell!, he discusses how his years in Iraq inform his ideas about the current violence wrecking parts of the nation, how government surveillance in the U.S. has radically changed the character of American democracy, and the real world ghosts haunting the protagonist of his new book.

    Have a listen to the full interview.

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    • pitchfork said...


      Indeed you went to hell, in Iraq, notwithstanding We Meant Well..and back through the DOS looking glass..and over and over and over.. to keep the truth train relevant. I admire you Peter. You are truly one of the few who came, seen the tragedy and reported it, again and again and again. Meanwhile, I listened to this broadcast. I think the host was like the rest of the DCOTP. That’s all I can say at the moment.

      07/9/14 11:23 PM | Comment Link

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