A special patriotic "Boners for Books" goes to BSD reader Eric, who sent me a copy of Kristin Ross's "The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune" from the Verso Radical Thinkers Series.
Eric writes, "Enjoy the book -- sounds interesting. Let me know if its any good. Good books are keeping me sane over here in Kabul Afghanistan."
While my penchant for the pornographic would like to imagine Eric as a soldier, deep in the "shit", I suppose he could be any one of several other heroic manifestations of foreign aide: State Department official, NGO officer, Doctor without Borders, etc. I extend a firm salut of solidarity with all of the workers above (which doesn't necessarily mean I exculpate the Imperialist war machine that put you there. . . I am a Marxist after all).
In the hallowed spirit of President's Day, I extend additional log cabin laudation to the Great Emancipator himself. Let freedom ring:
"Why is It So Hard" by Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band: