ABSTRACT

Alive to history in the making (and the weight of the past) this volume examines Obama's presidency and Lyndon Johnson's, the killing of Trayvon Martin and the death of Andrew Breitbart, Occupy Wall Street and "America Beyond Capitalism." It presents essays, poems, and plays that speak to our times and challenge the liberal imagination. The title, That Floating Bridge, evokes Representative John Lewis' line "Obama is what comes at the end of that bridge in Selma" as it quotes a track on Gregg Allman's Low Country Blues, which Scott Spencer lauds here in a review for the Ages.That Floating Bridge's peerless range of contributors includes Amiri Baraka, Gar Alperovitz, Bernard Avishai, Uri Avnery, Bill Ayers, Paul Berman, John Chernoff, Mark Dudzic, Carmelita Estrellita, Henry Farrell, Fr. Rick Frechette, Donna Gaines, David Golding, Eugene Goodheart, Lawrence Goodwyn, Lisa Guenther, Alec Harrington, Malcolm Harris, Casey Hayden, Christopher Hayes, Patterson Hood, Roxane Johnson, Ben Kessler, Bob Levin, Philip Levine, Bongani Madondo, Greil Marcus, Scott McLemee, Judy Oppenheimer, Jedediah Purdy, Nick Salvatore, Aram Saroyan, Tom Smucker, Fredric Smoler, Violet Socks, A. B. Spellman, Scott Spencer, Richard Torres, Jesmyn Ward, and Pablo Yglesias.An account of how Franz Boas "did more to combat race prejudice than any other person" anchorsone section, but the volume also addresses devolutions of "diversity" linked with careerism in the art world and academe. An un-scholastic section titled "Criticism of Life"celebrates older and younger critics/poets. Songs are key to this volume's good times. Music writing ranging from Eddie Hinton's Very Extremely Dangerous to Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet enhances the pleasures of this text.

part I|115 pages

That Floating Bridge

chapter |3 pages

Race and the Presidency

ByEugene Goodheart

chapter |3 pages

Before the Flood

ByFredric Smoler

chapter |5 pages

The Real Deal

ByNick Salvatore

chapter |14 pages

Beyond the Given

ByGar Alperovitz

chapter |4 pages

Confessions of an Optimist

ByUri Avnery

chapter |2 pages

One Man’s Legacy

ByBernard Avishai

chapter |1 pages

!

ByHans Koning

chapter |3 pages

Only Love Is Radical

ByCasey Hayden

chapter |3 pages

ABC of Race and Gender

ByJudy Oppenheimer

chapter |1 pages

“Adam and Eve, Not Adam and Steve”

ByAlison Stone

chapter |3 pages

Growing Up in an Election Year, Or Anyhow …

ByDennis Myers

chapter |4 pages

Conventional Thinking

ByBob Levin

chapter |27 pages

The Great Society

ByAlexander Harrington

chapter |2 pages

Blood Dread

ByJesmyn Ward

chapter |3 pages

Double Truth-Teller

BySydney Nathans

chapter |12 pages

B-Sides

ByBenj DeMott

chapter |5 pages

Luis Reyes Rivera (1945-2012)

ByAmiri Baraka

chapter |4 pages

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: Low Country Blues &The Artist

ByScott Spencer

chapter |5 pages

Russell’s Way, Lin’s Path

ByBob Liss

chapter |1 pages

Zebra

ByRoxane Beth Johnson

chapter |3 pages

Lost Soul

ByPatterson Hood

chapter |5 pages

In Black and White

ByScott McLemee

chapter |4 pages

Hoodies

ByRichard Torres

chapter |8 pages

Food for Thought

ByBill Ayers

part II|63 pages

Family of Humanists

chapter |9 pages

Ethnographic Highs: The Forest People & African Rhythm and African Sensibility

ByJohn Chernoff, T. David Brent

chapter |4 pages

Irrevocable

ByAram Saroyan

chapter |3 pages

Swedish Pastry

ByViolet Socks

chapter |33 pages

Culture Hero: The Anthropologist as Public Intellectual

ByStephen J. Whitfield

chapter |8 pages

Pay in Blood

ByHenry Farrell

chapter |4 pages

State of Play

ByFredric Smoler

part III|45 pages

First Drafts of History

chapter |28 pages

Thinking through Occupy Wall Street

ByJeremy Brecher, Benj DeMott, Diane di Prima, Mark Dudzic, John Fullerton, Donna Gaines, Ty Geltmaker, Adam Hochschild, Staughton Lynd, Greil Marcus, Dennis Myers, (AKA) Nolemonomelon, Jedediah Purdy, Aram Saroyan, Fredric Smoler, Tom Smucker, Scott Spencer

chapter |16 pages

Choosey Beggars (2012)

ByBernard Avishai, Robert Chametzky, Benj DeMott, Carmelita Estrellita, Ty Geltmaker, Eugene Goodheart, Casey Hayden, Christopher Hayes, Bob Levin, Jedediah Purdy, James Rosen, Nick Salvatore, Aram Saroyan, Fredric Smoler, Scott Spencer, Patricia Williams

part IV|47 pages

Criticism of Life

chapter |3 pages

Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely

ByBen Kessler

chapter |5 pages

Matinees & Memories

ByBob Levin

chapter |3 pages

Porn Theater: On Bolaño & Houellebecq

ByDavid Golding

chapter |3 pages

The Pimp Vanishes

ByViolet Socks

chapter |5 pages

Upping the Antihero

ByMalcolm Harris

chapter |2 pages

Weiner’s Complaint

ByBernard Avishai

chapter |4 pages

Big Man & Sisters Under the Skin

ByBenj DeMott

chapter |7 pages

Hors D’oeuvres & Double Entendres

ByCarmelita Estrellita

chapter |15 pages

A Tender Mind: The Life and Times of Lew Welch, Beat Poet

ByAram Saroyan

chapter |5 pages

Untethered

ByEugene Goodheart

chapter |1 pages

Ode to a Pill Bottle and Other Packages

BySidney Offit

part V|62 pages

Trips

chapter |14 pages

Notes from the Underground

ByPablo Yglesias

chapter |14 pages

How I Wrote Forever Love

ByMichael Lydon

chapter |2 pages

Steve Jobs

ByAlison Stone

chapter |3 pages

Harmonica Jean’s Christmas Spirit

ByFr. Rick Frechette CP

chapter |7 pages

Go Tell It on the Mountain

ByBongani Madondo

chapter |4 pages

40 (+ 400) Years

ByLisa Guenther

chapter |1 pages

On 52nd St

ByPhilip Levine

chapter |3 pages

The Art of Listening

ByBrynn Macaulay

chapter |7 pages

Getting Real in Romania

ByJudith Gelman Myers

chapter |3 pages

Demos & Generosity

ByPaul Berman

chapter |3 pages

Morsilini

ByJacinthe Ahmed Assaad

chapter |4 pages

The Cunning of History

ByLawrence Goodwyn

chapter |3 pages

2012

ByRichard Torres