Neoliberalism. Coronavirus. Sh*t jobs. It's the end of the world as we know it, AND I FEEL FINally once and for all like seizing the means of (podcast) production. Dispatches from the frontline of low pay with the Grocer of Despair. Glasgow-based, po-faced.
This week Ben talks to his old friend Norm, a comedian and political organiser in Connecticut. They discuss healthcare during the COVID-19 crisis, the legacy of a failed Obamacare, perform a post-mortem on the Bernie 2020 campaign and try to figure out where the movement can go from here.
This week Ben talks lockdown, #GeneralStrike2020, working at the grocery where people keep asking for takeaway coffee, the possibility of getting sick, losing friends and lovers and acquaintances, and what it means to still be here. Ben reads 'DUAL CITIZENSHIP or I AM LOST TO THE WORLD', about loss and language. You can buy a copy at www.burninghousebooks.com or http://goodpress.co.uk/writing-1/dual-citizenship-or-am-i-lost-to-the-world-by-ben-kritikos as well as copies of Ep01's 'ROUGH SLEEP', both in stock from today.
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[Title track 'Now That I Can See' by Gerry Nobody: https://gerrynobody.bandcamp.com/track/now-that-i-can-see-2]
[Closing track 'The Plague' by Herons: https://open.spotify.com/track/2OPVIbi4VDk6GJMCKovudJ?si=7WrqW7p8RcqchmP2VYPPzQ]
It's the first day of spring. Coronavirus is spreading. The economy is tumbling because neoliberalism sucks and Tories are not fit for purpose (unless that purpose is pillory). Austerity has picked Britain's bones clean but no one knows if capitalism will survive this crisis or what will come next. Where is Brexit? Who cares? Most of us are stuck inside anyway.
In our first episode, Ben Kritikos reads 'Rough Sleep', an essay that should have been published this week but all the shops are closed. Except Burning House Books, which is an online shop, where you can buy a copy. 'Rough Sleep' charts the passing clouds of history as they cast shadows on the author's life: from working for low pay and being a homeless teenaged drop-out in the US in the late '90s; working for low pay while in an abusive relationship in London when the Tories first came to power in 2010; working for low pay in a cafe and volunteering at a food bank in Cornwall during the Brexit vote; to finally working for low pay at a soul-destroying call centre in Glasgow in 2019.
Buy a copy of 'Rough Sleep' at www.burninghousebooks.com