Two classic retro runners the Asics Gel Lyte III and the Saucony Grid 9000 paired with the prison writings of Black Liberation Army soldier Russell Maroon Shoatz “Maroon the Implacable”; an amazing biography of the man who inspire the Black Panthers and who brought organized armed self defense to the Civil Rights Movement Robert F Williams #robertfwilliams “Radio Free Dixie”; the second edition of George Katsiaficas’ Asia’s Unkown Uprisings, histories of anti authoritarian resistance to Asia’s military dictatorships from 1947-2009; and one of the greatest works of anarchist writing ever, Letters of Insurgents.
I have a feeling that one of the reasons I heartily love Bob Newton is that I watched Odd Man Out a good few times before I ever saw him in anything else, especially Oliver Twist, (in a bout of James Mason vs Dickens, there’s only ever going to be one winner for me), and so it’s Lukey that I think of first when I think of Bob, and (thankfully) not the terrifying Bill Sykes.
Along with nearly everyone else in the film, Lukey wants a piece of Johnny McQueen, for his own ends. But even though Lukey’s the caricature of the artist-as-lush, an exhuberant reprobate, larger than life and twice as loud, there’s an honesty about him, and about what he’s trying to do. He’s seeking the truth of life and death; he can see it in Johnny, if only he can get it down on canvas. He doesn’t want to save his soul, or sell it; he wants to paint it. And this is probably why he’s my fave, because I can understand his desire. I guess I believe in art more than god or money.
Bob Newton is a terrific actor, often undervalued, or dismissed as a bit of a drunken ham. And Lukey is a drunken ham, but he knows he is, and Bob knows that, and plays him as one, whilst also showing that underneath there’s something more, something that is looking deeper, struggling to capture truth in paint. In an atmospherically shot film, with an amazing lead performance and (as you’d expect from Carol Reed) a supporting cast full of interest and depth and life, Lukey is an ebullient, engaging, irrepressible character.
do you know any pdfs for malcolm books or any others? btw have you heard of "lies my teacher told me?" i think its right up your alley
Unfortunately, the Tumblr Readabookson was deleted. They had hundreds of books in PDF form. What I’ve told people is to start going to libraries because many books can be easily gotten there. If your local library doesn’t have a certain book, it can be ordered from another library to yours for a pick up. Some of the books on here you should be able to find for cheap on Ebay. I have heard of that one, and I will be reading it. Right now I have a long list I have to read first, but thanks for the recommendation.
I’ve also set up my own resource center where you can find all sorts of excerpts from dozens of speeches, interviews, videos, and books here (with sources) depending on who you want to read (this is updated almost every day):
Malcolm X: There’s a Worldwide Revolution Going On
But here is a list I previously made when I received this question. It is far from exhaustive, but includes at least many essays I have read too. I enjoy essays because you can print them and carry them with you if you aren’t much of a Kindle person:
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
The Open Sore of a Continent by Wole Soyinka
Anarchism and the Black Revolution by Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin
Pacifism as Pathology by Ward Churchill
Violence and the State by Standing Deer
Race Matters by Cornell West
Race: How Blacks & Whites Think & Feel About the American Obsession by Studs Terkel
Inipi: Sweat Lodge by Leonard Peltier
National Liberation Movement’s in Global Context by Jeff Sluka
Property is Theft by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Imperialism: The Highest State of Capitalism by Vladimir I. Lenin
Thirty Theses by Jason Godesky
July 4th Address by Assata Shakur
Assata an Autobiography by Assata Shakur
The Communist Idea and the Question of Terror by Alian Badiou
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
The Uses of the Erotic by Audre Lorde
The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde
Communion: The Female Search for Love by bell hooks
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam by Martin Luther King Jr.
Nonviolence and Racial Justice by Martin Luther King Jr.
The Ballot or the Bullet by Malcolm X
Prison, Where is Thy Victory by Huey P. Newton
Towards a United Front by George Jackson
Political Prisoners, Prisons, and Black Liberation by Angel Y. Davis
Power Anywhere There’s People by Fred Hampton
On the Black Liberation Army by Jalil Abdul Muntaqim
The World’s Religions by Hudson Smith
On the Value of Skepticism by Bertrand Russel
The Ethics of Belief by William Clifford
All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer
Endgame Vol I: The Problem of Civilization; Endgame Vol II: Resistance by Derrick Jensen
On the Origin of Inequality Jean Jacques Rousseau
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
Power Systems by Noam Chomsky
The Threat of a Good Example by Noam Chomsky
The Soviet Union Versus Socialism by Noam Chomsky
A March of LIberty: A Constitutional History of the United States Vol: I & II by Melvin L. Urofsky & Paul Finkleman
Quarrels That Have Shaped the Constitution by John Garraty
The European Union by John Pinder
The Undiscovered Self by C.G. Jung
The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Other World 9th Edition
American Indian Mythology by Alice Marriott & Carol K. Rachlin
The American Indian by Raymond Friday Locke
The Removal of the Choctaw Indians by Arthur H. DeRosier Jr.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Negroes with Guns by Robert F. Williams
Discipline & Punishment: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexanders
A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Decolonizing Anarchism by Maia Ramnath
Finally, search my blog for the tag books to find many more, for free at that! You can also scroll the side and click on each sub-category to more tailor your search.