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99 Nights with the 99 Percent: Dispatches from the First Three Months of the Occupy Revolution Paperback – March 27, 2012
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Chris Faraone was born in 1979 and raised in Queens, NY, the son of a teacher mother and a father who published novelty books about hugs and farts. As an intelligent teen with a penchant for finding trouble, he studied his way out of a life of low-level crime to graduate from Hobart College before post-grad studies at New York's New School and Boston University's College of Communication - he earned a Master's in Journalism in 2004 from the latter. After graduation, Faraone dove into the field of professional writing as a hip-hop music critic, earning rent money and acclaim reporting for The Source, Spin, the Boston Herald, Boston's Weekly Dig and Boston Magazine. He landed on staff at the Boston Phoenix in 2008.
Since then he has continued his renowned music writing, in the past two years has become known nationally for his unique, unflinching work as a political and investigative journalist. His cover story features - ranging from profiles of drug dealers and entrepreneurs to exposés on abuses in state correctional facilities - appear in the Phoenix on a weekly basis. He has received multiple accolades and awards since 2009 from the Association of Alternative News Media (AAN) and the New England Newspaper & Press Association (NENPA) for his investigative and news reporting. He is the founder of Write To Power Books (WriteToPower.net) and resides in Boston's hyper-progressive Jamaica Plain neighborhood, where it's nearly impossible to walk into a bar without running into a gaggle of Occupiers.
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He admits, "It took hundreds of conversations with Occupiers ... before I finally realized what's behind that mentality of Occupy adversaries. They're actually correct about one thing---Occupiers, along with anybody else who's cheering for change, really do have an ideal vision for how things should be." (Pg. 18-19)
He notes, "this group has its weaknesses... (the) biggest problem appears to be finding consensus among its small but philosophically contentious gang of intellectuals and egomaniacs. Meetings often become mired in bickering over processes, while the passive-aggresive tone that dominates (General Assemblies) could rival anything you've seen on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'..." (Pg. 57-58)
He observes that "this time Occupiers---joined on the front lines by hostile Ron Paul supporters---offered the closest thing to a significant third party presence that New Hampshire's ever seen." (Pg. 197) However, later he adds that these are "two factions that, while there's some common ground between them, are beginning to really loathe each other..." (Pg. 200)
This is a highly interesting "semi-outsider's" perspective on the early Occupy movement, and will be of considerable interest to anyone interested in progressive politics.
Faraone also included 2 chapters dedicated to Occupy The Hood. One chapter focusing on Occupy The Hood Boston and another on Occupy The Hood Chicago. As one of the organizers of Occupy The Hood Boston, my only critique is that due to space constraints I'm sure, the book was not able to go as in depth into the Occupy The Hood movement and our very unique experiences, our organizational efforts and the racism that we experienced while attempting to work with Occupy. This could be a book in and of itself and may make for a separate effort.
All in all, this book is thoughtful and well-written, with all the humor, sarcasm and keen insight that Faraone is increasingly known for. Chris has a unique fly on the wall, chameleon like ability to traverse multiple scenes and interact with a variety of people in a down to earth manner with a common man approach which translates to pulling out some great stories that would have otherwise gone untold. Faraone is truly a modern day scribe and manages to capture the essence of writing and allows readers to see through his eyes, even if they are bloodshot.
As a person of color (POC) I have been hesitant to really get involved, and this book helped show what moves they have made to invite people from my hood into their fold.
I think this is a great place to learn about the movement from the perspective of the generation most represented by the media and I think this will be considered one of the more important writings on the Occupy movement.