Thoughts on Art and Politics in America

Profiles by Richard Klin
Photographs by Lily Prince

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The fusion of art and politics is axiomatic in much of the world. In America, their relationship is erratic. What is art in the service of social justice? Is an artist obligated to address the political? This book profiles, in words and photos, disparate creative forces who offer thoughts on their point of engagement with the political sphere. In the words of Pete Seeger, art “may save the world. Visual arts, dancing, acting arts, cooking arts. . . . Joe DiMaggio reaching for a fly ball—that was great dancing!”

“This new book is filled with a progressive humor. Zinn is here and Yoko Ono. No one can read this book without coming to a fuller taste for resistance in our culture. The photographs are intent and human, the secret themes of this volume. It is clear and beautiful, and… instead of being melodramatic or sentimental, the book is tough and compressed, condensed and full of good stories. The book is part of the fight of our time.” – David Shapiro

“Klin is an insightful interviewer and a marvelous writer. ”—The Bloomsbury Review

Profiles in Something to Say:

  • The late Howard Zinn
  • Pete Seeger
  • Yoko Ono
  • Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner
  • Palestinian-American standup comedian Maysoon Zayid
  • Poet Quincy Troupe
  • Dominican-American painter Freddy Rodríguez
  • Filmmaker Gini Reticker
  • Slowpoke cartoonist Jen Sorensen
  • Performance and installation artist Sheryl Oring
  • YA writer Jacqueline Woodson
  • Chef and food activist Didi Emmons
  • Poet and art critic John Yau
  • Punk-rock activist Franklin Stein of the band Blowback
  • Klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals