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Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens by [Penny, Laurie, Crabapple, Molly]
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  • File Size: 13684 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (October 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HVQ1JW
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I wish I could write as well as Laurie Penny does so that I could give this book the review it deserves. I loved reading "Discordia". I found it engrossing, informative and easy to stick with. It gave me a lot of insight into a problem I knew little about. I wish I could make it required reading for the US Congress. The illustrations were beautiful and added a great deal to the story.
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If you don't know the names Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple you will never forget them once you have read/viewed this book - read the deeply personal text by Penny and viewed the inspired artwork of Crabapple. There are no doubt better adjectives to use here, and I look forward to reading yours. This living chronicle of Greek resistance during the summer of 2012 under the crushing burden of what is being clinically labeled Austerity is much more than that. It is a look at the future as the wealthy powers in this world continue to shrink the commons and suck up anything that can be monetized. This quote comes form location 1176 of the ebook: "Trayvon Martin is still lying dead in a Florida housing estate. Mohamed Bouazizi is still lying dead in his hospital bed in Tunisia, and it is easy, so easy, to light a fire in anger for one man dead before his time, but the cruelty of a state slowly collapsing on top of its people, the millions of little murders every day, the dreams dashed, the futures stolen, the hunger in private rooms and the despair that sets fists to work in the dark – that is not so easy to fight."

Penny, Laurie; Crabapple, Molly (2012-10-01). Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens (Kindle Locations 1173-1176). Random House. Kindle Edition.

Penny, Laurie; Crabapple, Molly (2012-10-01). Discordia: Six Nights in Crisis Athens (Kindle Location 1176). Random House. Kindle Edition.
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DISCORDIA is a boots-on-the-ground fever-pitch hell-run through Athens during the Austerity Riots post "everything went to shit with the world economy day" (which day that was, you can pick yourself...it landed on different days in the US and in Europe, but it certainly did happen). Laurie Penny writes captivating prose, interviews the people affected within the Greek population, and raises proper concerns about the rise of the kind-of-almost-Police-State that is enforcing these Austerity limits upon the populace. Molly Crabapple livens up the prose with fantastic capture-the-moment sketches, giving flesh and weight to Penny's prose. This is writing of the highest water, notable, gripping, and ringing with authenticity. This is the writing that Hunter S. Thompson would have been doing if he were A) of this generation; and B) if drugs were not so good. Highly recommended.
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When one reads about the Greek debt crisis in the news, it's usually swathed with talks of rioting, protesting, and violence - followed by statistics and a growing number of billions of euro the country owes. You hear about government officials attempting to enforce austerity on its population - phrases like 'complete economic meltdown' are thrown around constantly. All these detached stories fail to capture the soul and emotion of Greece's population.

Laurie and Molly, versed in capturing civil uprisings, bestow us with a work that is eye opening, visceral and gives us a picture of Greece from a more human perspective - a narrative of human spirit and triumph amongst a climate of fear and violence. We get stories from citizens in a hot Athens from all walks of life: journalists, mental health workers, anarchists and immigrants.

Laurie offers us a glimpse into the mind of a guerrilla journalist, called by some part of her self to tell the story no one else wants to, in prose that is emotive and clear. Facing arrest, violence and the crushing reality of a failing civilization, she endures and muses about the state of journalism and big media in the world.

Molly's illustrations are hauntingly beautiful and are described by her partner as 'neo-Victorian'. Each rendering tells a story which would otherwise be unnoticed as some of the places they went are secluded 'anarchist' zones and don't allow photos.

Gazing into these renderings, one can't help but notice their heliocentric aspects. It's as if Apollo is amidst each portrait, lurking as an anchor, holding the subject together in the composition.
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Well worth the ridiculously low price. Penny's writing is smart, wry, lyrical. For activists around the world who rejoiced in Occupy Wall Street and Tahrir Square and are now wondering what happens next, here are the insights you need-- they are as dark as the situation, but always there is an undercurrent of hope. Crabapple's drawings are raw and real, drawing on the graffiti of Athens for inspiration. Read this, please.
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'Whose pictur'd Morals charm the Mind
And through the Eye correct the Heart.

If Genius fire thee, Reader, stay,
If Nature touch thee, drop a Tear'

David Garrick wrote this epitaph for Hogarth. For some reason Molly's illuminating illustrations of Athens today brought him to mind.

As for Laurie Penny - her honest, moving writing about the people and events of Athens, for me has the power of Dickens, and I can only hope they reach as many people.
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