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Aaron Lake Smith aaronlakesmith@gmail.com

Riding the Dirty Dog: A Love Song to the Greyhound Underworld-VICE print-Scammers Issue

Raising a Stink About Spreading Sewage Sludge-Al Jazeera America, in Partnership with the Nation Investigative Fund

The New Roma Ghettos: Slovakia's Ongoing Segregation Nightmare-VICE

Essay on Peter Dimock and "George Anderson: Notes for a Love Song in Imperial Time"-The American Reader

The Czechs of Montauk-VICE

Protestant Work Ethic-The American Reader

Only the Good Die Young-Vice--November 2012

Death of The American Hobo-Vice October 2012

Dispatch from the Democratic National Convention-Vice

Ryszard Kapuscinski: A Life by Artur Domoslawski-Bookforum online

Chumbawamba's Long Voyage-Jacobin Magazine

Life Cage: Some Notes On the Millennials-Vice

Meet My Grandpa: A Visit to Elkin, NC-Vice

Interview with Chris R. Morgan, publisher of Biopsy Magazine-Vice

Outdoor Bookstore-Independent Weekly

Slacker at Twenty-n + 1 Film Review

10 Best New Restaurants--Raleigh, NC Ashley Christensen Mini-Empire-GQ Magazine 2012

Peeling Oniontown-Vice

Body-Checked By a Beep-Utne Reader

Pre-Occupy--Notes on Zucotti Park -The Smart Set

What Constitutes Terrorism?-Indy Weekly (RDU)

Flower Cutter- They Magazine #3

Dispatch from a Dying Borders- Bookforum

Young People (fiction)- Elimae

The Book of Job-n + 1

The Armory Show-Idiom Magazine

Interview with Luc Sante-The Rumpus

It's Morning In Griftopia: An Interview with Matt Taibbi- GQ

Steve Albini Interview on The Future of Radio and Why He Wants GQ To Fail- GQ

TEN DAWNS(Fiction)- Evergreen Review

Sauntering Down the Tracks (Cuban Trains Travel Piece) - Newsweek

Why Christopher Hitchens Doesn't Matter- The Rumpus

Chinatown's Long Tendrils: Bargain Buses Reach the Mississippi-The New York Observer

Cometbus #52: The Spirit of St. Louis--Essay/Review-The Rumpus

Vive Le Tarnac 9! The French Tradition of Brainy Sabotage Lives On-VICE Magazine, April 2010

Corporate Court Acting in Secret, Citizens Locked Out-Alternet

One Night in Christania- N + 1

The Social Networking Job-Truthout.org

Jason Diamond reviews 'Unemployment' The Rumpus

Among the Believers - Nonfiction The Abu Dhabi Review

Postcard from Cairo, IL- TIME Magazine

Interview with Sam Mcpheeters(Born Against) on Economic Collapse- Vol 1. Brooklyn

The Maw - Fiction- Epilogue Magazine

Warm Womb-Fiction-3:AM Magazine

Kim - Fiction- Epilogue Magazine

Judith Malina and the Anarchist Provo - Evergreen Review 2009

NYU Occupation Media Round-up- Arthur Magazine 2009

Shoe Heard Round the World - Truthout December 2008

Spruced Up, but some prefer Scruffy - New York Times October 2008

Interview with Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie - Brooklyn Rail October 2008

Monday, October 17, 2011

on NPR discussing Daniel Boyd

On WUNC with Frank Stasio discussing my Indy Week piece here

2 Comments:

Blogger SnorkMaiden said...

I'm very intolerant of dissembling to make a social point, and it's especially sad when radical journalists do it...telling the truth is only & exactly what is necessary, always. We clearly agree about this, and I respect this ethic in your writing.

I'm impressed by your article, but I have an eerie feeling after listening to the radio interview. I'm posting in the spirit of curiosity: what do you think the interview accomplished?

Here’s what I think. It definitely didn’t commit the crime I’ve described above, but it wasn’t neutral fact reporting either. That’s because hatred against Muslims is so pervasive and malignant in this country it’s simply not possible to objectively trot out the rote facts of a case like this (AK-47s, jihad, petty criminal records, “thugs”) and have a neutral or merely informative effect on a collective imagination that’s out of control.

So reporting facts that are true without inclusion of contextualizing truths results in something that rings very much like a lie.

There isn’t time to say much during an interview like this, but since more people get their information through sound bites than articles it only becomes more vital to include those complexifying elements that force thinking and direct people back to reality.

Are you having some anxiety about balancing your politics with your commitment to telling the truth?

October 24, 2011 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Aaron Lake Smith said...

Hi SnorkMaiden,

Thanks for your note.
Don't have much time here so have to keep it short.
To answer the questions: Why do an interview? Because I was invited and I love Frank Stachio's show.
To answer the question at the bottom of your letter:
No. ; )

Cheers,
Aaron

November 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM  

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