Among the growing range of books on the Occupy movement Dreaming in Public will stand out for one simple reason. It is of the movement, not about it.
A stunningly comprehensive compilation of materials, from public statements to engaged reportage, essays focused on analysis and strategy, and documentation of the visual culture of the movement.
Neither a narrative of the events nor an observer analysis but an assembly of primary sources – the ‘raw materials’ that developed within the movement. Created by two New York-based Occupy movement participants, Amy Schrager Lang and Daniel Lang/Levitsky, the book includes contributions from a wealth of protagonists, including Barbara Kingsolver, Naomi Klein, Sara Paretsky, Lemony Snicket and Staughton Lynd.
About the Editors:
Amy Schrager Lang taught US literature and cultural studies for thirty-five years and is Professor of English and Humanities at Syracuse University. The author of The Syntax of Class (Princeton, 2003) and the co-editor of What Democracy Looks Like (Rutgers, 2006), Lang currently serves as co-editor of the University of Michigan’s Class: Culture series and as the book review editor of the AAUP’s journal, Academe.
Daniel Lang/Levitsky is a theatre artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, a founding member of the Direct Action Network – NY and Jews Against the Occupation, and active in a range of radical movements. Lang/Levitsky has written on radical history, politics, and theatre for Bridges, Monthly Review, History News Network, and others.
Dreaming in Public has accomplished an amazing feat: holding this book in your hands, you can feel the vitality, creativity, candour and collective puzzling and inclusive determination that is making the Occupy movement one of the most influential social movements of our times. This is a book that is both revealing and energizing.