This morning I began reading Hard Crackers Fall 2016 edition. That's how far behind I have fallen in my readings due to dealing with treacherous marginalized negroes-in-charge eager to silence me to prove their duty to white racists. The first article shows empathetically how Trumpism is able to draw in the innocent and helpless. The second piece, about the rent-a-cops, had me lmao. Sympathetic to the poor mentally ill man but totally unsympathetic to the cowards. These are the people who throw us under the proverbial bus every day. I will read more on my return from Church.
Love the look of it -- fantastic cover -- is the French flag reference deliberate? Bastille Day and all that? Love the intro, the story about Lincoln, and the statement of intention -- powerful stuff. Fascinated by the Tim Paulson piece -- who'd have thought all that could go on there? And it hangs together well. I see you've seriously addressed the business of women contributors -- have to confess I haven't yet read them all yet -- like Claire Cahan a lot, her tone and her held-backness; could see how the massage therapist's story fits into the overall intention and intended readership; couldn't get beyond page 1 with the ancestry piece, and it went on for many more pages, unfortunately -- I'll give it another go when I'm not weary. That's as far as I've got so far. Are you hearing from readers? Are you reaching people you hope to reach, and are people buying it? It's a kind of anti-Vanity Fair It's encouraging people to write who haven't written before, or might feel awkward about writing. A generous project. Jen, London
I spent a rainy morning (too wet to go abroad) reading HC. It's a terrific issue. Standout for me is the veggie co-op piece. Such strong writing: first she lulls you into thinking it's all okay and then she hits you hard. Ditto the massage story, and I really enjoyed Tim's piece too. I read the genealogy piece and it occupies a rather different space to the rest of the content, doesn't it? I would have preferred it further back in the issue, myself. But that's a minor quibble. I think you are fulfilling your mandate to tell the stories that don't get heard. HC deals with the cruelty and aridity which make so many existences so harsh. You give these folks a dignity they deserve but rarely get. Well done! Bronwen, S. Africa
Your latest has some absolutely wonderful essays. I hope it can get wider circulation.
I do not recall deleting a previous comment of yours. Perhaps there was a technical glitsch somewhere. I was referring to the experience of the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and the others that followed that model, whose main effect was to lead people to identify communism with state slavery.
A little humor…my mother is beyond excited to be on the Facebook header…(she’s the one on the far left)…she’s telling all her friends about it, so yeah, well, if you get any request for a copy of the journal—“you know the one with Josie on the cover”—you’ll know what’s going on, as my mother and her friends are about as technically skookum as you, haha. Also means you might find yourself with a bunch of new central valley cannery worker fans. All seem like good things 🙂
Excuse me, but you deleted my comment because you claimed that it was a duplicate of what I'd already said, but I had NOT already said it!!!!!! so I'll repeat my comment/question: What exactly are you referring to when you say that the leaders of the civil war "revolution" did not leave a stench in the nostrils the way the revolutionaries of the next century did???
As a Black Pan-Africanist, it is great to hear and read about Whites also fighting this oppression society in America. It was nice to hear people's stories about their life or other peoples' and how they react to this society.
I read the Hard Crackers Issue One, Spring 2016. There is no saving power for the uplifting of fallen humanity. They don't speak on issues to expose the pig for their unfair, inhumane treatment towards the common people. I don't mean to wrote so harsh about Hard Crackers, but the truth don't change or pass away. We need voices that are bold and voices that will inspire the people to stand up and take their place in the affairs of mankind.
Greetings, my friends. I received a piece of issue one, spring 2016, from my buddy Brianna with the KCMO IWW. As a member of the IWW I gave my backing to your publication. As a young black man I want to offer whatever I can to helping you spread your message. So please put me on your mailing list. And always feel free to contact me with any request or news about what's going on. I can also spread any contacts or news locally here in Nebraska. I am in prison, but work closely with a number of collectives. If you do send me info please do so in single format. My prison won't allow bulk mail. I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Peace, Chadrick.
I am in all honesty taken aback by: "we look forward to a new civil war" (p. 2). This is not the industrial North, which, as Marx foresaw, would wear down the less economically developed South. Where in the world do you see an equivalent potential today?
Got it, read it, loved it! Although the pieces are not interviews, Hard Crackers reminded me of something Studs Terkel might have edited. I can't wait to read more! And I might have something for you. I wrote up an experience of being passed over for promotion when I was a carpenter years ago - the job went to a younger guy whose dad worked in the electrical shop of the same organization. I trained him, and he acknowledged that I was better at the job than he was. I didn't fight it because I was already starting college and he had no such prospects, plus he wanted to start a family and I had no such aspirations. So I felt like he needed the promotion more than me. But I sometimes have regretted it, since later all the carpentry jobs at that place were cut except for that promoted position, and I encountered sexism in my attempts to find a similar job later, which pushed me into more traditionally female secretarial jobs that I still do but hate. Anyway, if it sounds like something of interest, let me know and I'll look for it in my files. Thanks again for the new publication!
I just read the entire thing, excellent.. 5 stars
It looks very good. Congratulations on coming up with the idea and putting it all together, a lot of hard work which is appreciated on this end. I think it's pretty impressive for a first issue and I know it will improve too. I have about 30 copies and will send you whatever I can get for them, minus the free issues to those who contributed. Well done old fella. You should be proud of this. Long life to Hard Crackers! Mike. PS. The Longine watches bit is hilarious.
Check out a tough, edgy new magazine called *Hard Crackers: Chronicles of Everyday Life*, published by Noel Ignatiev and others who worked on *Race Traitor.* “Hard Crackers is a new periodical looking at the lives of ‘ordinary people,’ among whom there exists the capacity to overturn the present mess and build a new society.”
Read Hard Crackers last Saturday morning. Enjoyed the type of short stories one would hear in O'Neal's Tally's Corner or in a darkened Brooklyn or Village bar room where pipe dreams and laughter are indulged. That was before my time but the kind of place and humor I would seek in spite of the reality and grimness. I am not a sociologist but would be a danger to society as we know it if I were one. I love stories risky and tame. I do not know you but from you FB writings but I somehow heard your voice in some of the short stories. I would like to read more from ordinary white folks. Not necessarily the learned ones. I need to hear their deep down struggles, all struggles including their interactions, real interactions with people who do not look like them. If not for their relationships with me my many friends who do not look like me would not have a single friend who looks like me. That applies too to my black friends or African American friends. It's not like they don't interact with people who do not look like them daily.... I sing in the choir in the Episcopal church. I am usually the only black face at funerals of very wealthy people who would ordinarily have everything to gain having a diversity of friends and acquaintances. So to come somewhere on the circle of this message, the issue of race and racism. If u will, or whatever it is, while all stories are important and may or may not contribute to the subject matter, I would like to see more stories from ordinary whites in the struggle, whatever the struggle. Bl folk are the struggle and our stories are always engaging.... As I read I thought of my own struggles.... life, work, family, friends, politics, love, value, integrity, on and on... Keep writing.
This was really beautiful. I think this is a great project. I love the personal angles, and I think you guys have really hit something here. The most impressive pieces, I thought, were Some Bullshit and Stevie Lebron. Stevie Lebron really touched my heart and life and experience. Except in Houston it was sports that made the Stevies: physical gods of mid-teenage years who could flip, dance, sprint, catch, dunk, and ride wheelies for miles at a moment's notice. All the pieces were outstanding, but those two were really special, I thought. I had only one nagging thought in my mind as I read the issue: In Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo, Paysley keeps using the word "nigga." I thought that was really a bad idea for a variety of reasons, but whatever. It was still good in the end.