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Fifth Estate # 408, Winter, 2021

Welcome to Fifth Estate’s Anarchist Review of Books, edited by a collective based in Austin, Detroit, Chicago, New York, Oakland and Seattle. ARB brings you intelligent, subversive, non–dogmatic writing with an anti-authoritarian perspective. We put this issue out at a …

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Seeing Seattle


Fifth Estate # 407, Fall, 2020

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is an author and queer anti-assimilationist activist living in the Capitol Hill district of Seattle. She spoke with Fifth Estate on July 2, the day CHOP, the district’s autonomous zone, was demolished by police. Sycamore’s latest novel …

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This is What Domestic Terrorism Looks Like


Fifth Estate # 406, Spring, 2020

More than a decade ago I worked as a newspaper reporter in a rural New York State town. For a time, I covered the police beat, and was tasked with picking up the crime blotter each morning to see if …

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Here Comes Success


Fifth Estate # 373, Fall 2006

Just before 1998, he started taking advice from the talking crow. It started like you might have imagined. The crow was perched on a spindly branch near the hospital parking lot. It quietly assessed him.

The Food Court at Guantanamo


Fifth Estate # 374, Winter 2007

The release of several reports this fall concerning environmental collapse has introduced us to a new and powerful way to discuss nature, one that we may have overlooked in our concern for life.

The Third Sex


Fifth Estate # 375, Spring 2007

“The Authorities came to their Adam. And, when they saw his female counterpart speaking with him they became agitated and they became enamored with her. They said, ‘Come, let us sow our seed in her.’ “And, she laughed at them …

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Victorian Proto-punk, Riot Grrls


Fifth Estate # 378, Summer 2008

In 1903, two young sisters, Helen and Olivia Rossetti, published a novel under the pseudonym Isabel Meredith, chronicling their lives as radicals, propagandists, and key figures in the European anarchist movement of that era. Prior to that, while still in …

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Down and Out in Athens


Fifth Estate # 378, Summer 2008

Set in the red light district of Athens, Greece in the late 1980s, Cara Hoffman’s cult classic novel, Nike, is about getting by at the periphery. It chronicles the lives of a group of young expatriates from a global culture …

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Rachel Pollack is Willing to Change Everything


Fifth Estate # 380, Spring 2009

Rachel Pollack is the author of six novels, two collections of short stories, and 21 works of nonfiction, including the classic 78 Degrees of Wisdom, one of the most important contemporary guides to interpreting the tarot. She is the recipient …

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The Jumper

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Fifth Estate # 380, Spring 2009

Often when I say “she” or “you” I mean me. I mean me when I tell you this story but I will say “you.”