About Josh Strawn

Josh Strawn is the lead singer of Blacklist as well as a signatory and vocal advocate of the Euston Manifesto.

Why We Can’t Quit

By June 28, 2007

Isn't it weird how cigarette manufacturers now have to actively dissuade people from buying their product? Can we smokers tell you militant anti-smoking nutjobs something? Most of us started smoking because it seemed cool. It seemed cool because it signified … Read More

Fishing for God

By June 28, 2007

But of course. Where else would lofty-sounding criticism of the much-needed atheist pushback campaign come from if not from the royal halls of LitCrit and deconstruction? Stanley Fish thinks he's pointed out something really clever by showing that the arguments … Read More

Haleh, Googoosh, and Postpolitical Politics

By June 27, 2007

If you look at the mission statement for Namak Magazine–basically the Iranian-American print equivalent of Jewcy–you'll find this: Namak is a non-political, non-religious publication. We stand against any ideology or social structure that splinters the Iranian community internally or separates … Read More

Rushdie vs. The Da Vinci Code

By June 25, 2007

One of the most hilarious and idiotic claims of those offended at Rushdie's knighthood is the one that begins "we," the British, have heaped scorn on "them," the Muslims. This happens lately when people talk about almost any political event … Read More

The Restoration of Czech History

By June 21, 2007

…brought to you by advertising: Hus was a theologian who took on the Catholic Church a century before Martin Luther. Strangely, I found the statue surrounded by a large screen that’s basically just an advertisement for Czech automaker Skoda. Turns … Read More

Adorno, Microsoft, and the Caliphate

By June 21, 2007

Adorno hated jazz. In fact, his bitter curmudgeonry can sometimes astonish even those most familiar with the Frankfurt School intellectuals' disillusion with all things modern and Western. On some level this is part of another trend that has been addressed … Read More

Iranian Hijackers For Freedom

By June 20, 2007

No, seriously. Khaled Hardani was one of 11 members of an extended family who attempted to commandeer a scheduled flight between the southern Iranian cities of Ahvaz and Bandar Abbas, and force it to fly to Dubai, in the United … Read More

The Opium Of The Asses

By June 19, 2007

An article in the Houston Press that drew heavily from a report issued by ACBAR remarks on the declining popularity of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan: Goodwill toward foreign forces is eroding across Afghanistan because airstrikes and botched raids … Read More