Don't trust what you've heard about Occupy Wall Street. The criticisms that the media repeated ad nauseum–”the protesters don’t know what they want!,” “why don’t they just rally around a leader?”–come from a fundamental misunderstanding of who the occupiers were and what they sought to accomplish. In this lively mix of memoir and analysis, writer-activist Travis Mushett takes you inside Occupy and demystifies a movement that was difficult for even its supporters to get a handle on.
Pushing past the bromides, Mushett locates the source of this confusion. We’ve come to expect that our politics will be mediated by slick advertisements, corporate cash, and elected officials who may or may not represent our interests, but Occupy Wall Street embodied something different, something highly unusual in postmodern America: a politics of authenticity.
Praise for Authentic Occupy:
"Travis Mushett takes an intriguing look at cutting-edge media theory through the lens of his experiences with Occupy Wall Street. Engagingly written, with an eye for detail and the telling anecdote, this is a great read for occupiers and media types alike."
--Nicholas Mirzoeff, author of The Right to Look
"In this sprightly, insouciant, and deft account, Travis Mushett conveys the life of Occupy Wall Street - not what it was supposed to be, but what it was."
--Todd Gitlin, author of Occupy Nation
Travis is the founder & editor-in-chief of Blunderbuss Magazine.
Recently completed novel manuscript
Post-9/11 Georgia is not the most hospitable place for a young man to obsess over his knitting, especially when that young man has an ailing grandfather to support and a brother off fighting in Iraq. Despite his best efforts at peddling his scarves & sweaters and a side hustle as a Huck Finn impersonator at a Southern-themed family restaurant, Noah Clemens can't seem to make ends meet. So when his neighbor offers him a chance at some "low-risk" drug dealing for a shadowy group known as the Black Omertà, Noah enters a world of pills and Class B felonies that might just finance his way to fashion school. At the same time, he finds himself falling for Audrey, an Ivy-educated summer intern at the Atlanta Alternative Press. Will Audrey's pursuit of a major scoop put the Omertà--and Noah's dreams--in peril?
Where the Devil Don't Stay (75,000 words) is a literary coming-of-age story in the tradition of Karen Russell's Swamplandia!, Benjamin Kunkel's Indecision, and Michael Chabon's The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. While narrated primarily by Noah, each chapter ends with a diary entry, email, or other piece of commentary from one of his friends or family members. The result is a multifaceted look at class, war, and growing up below the Mason-Dixon.
Published by TorchRunner Press, September 2011
Illustrated by Donna Pellegata
How Haitians Play Basketball introduces us to Milekson, a boy with a different walk and a love for basketball. When an earthquake strikes Milekson's home on the island country of Haiti, his life and the lives of his friends and family are changed in big ways. This book, the second in the BlazeSports Children's Series from TorchRunner Press, is a great way to tactfully teach your child about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the abilities of people with disabilities, and the triumph of the human spirit.
Published by TorchRunner Press, January 2010
Illustrated by Joanna Steege
In Ricky Played, the first book the BlazeSports Children's Series from TorchRunner Press, we meet a young hero who reminds us that every child deserves the right to play. A great book to introduce your child to the importance of inclusion, and to show them the abilities of children with disabilities.