About Charlie Bertsch

Charlie Bertsch is Zeek's Music Editor. Previously, he was Music Editor at Tikkun. His work has appeared in The Oxford American, Punk Planet, the New Times weeklies and other publications, including the pioneering internet publication Bad Subjects: Political Education For Everyday Life, which he helped to found back in 1993. He has taught literature, film and cultural theory at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. At present, he is working on two book projects, one that considers the fate of cultural criticism in the era of social networking and another that examines the "documentary impulse" in film and literature since Modernism.

Mexico as Gaza

By February 25, 2009

There’s always something tricky about analogies. They are supposed to get you closer to the truth of something. But they do it through a falsehood that, even when we are conscious of its workings, has the power to blur the … Read More

The Sounds of Jewish Iraq

By December 1, 2008

Heard out of context, the music collected on this intriguing record might seem easy to place. Americans are among the world’s least worldly people, slow to learn and fast to conclude that they already know what they need to know. … Read More

I Sent My Daughter To Summer Camp at the JCC and She Came Back With an Uzi in Her Head

By October 2, 2008

Our daughter was strangely quiet. Her words usually flow like snowmelt slashing through a canyon. Was she getting sick? My wife kept looking in the rear-view mirror to see if she could figure out was wrong, in the way that … Read More

Another Israeli Masculinity

By September 5, 2008

There’s this guy you keep seeing around. He favors muscle shirts and cut-offs, even when it’s chilly out. When he walks, he has a way of putting his weight on the balls of his feet, like he’s looking for something … Read More

Review: Steinski’s What Does It All Mean?

By May 27, 2008

The issues of our age are increasingly reissues. Many people would rather purchase their pasts than pay the price for a future worth living. We see it on the DVD shelves at the big-box stores, where television shows from the … Read More