The Mantle publishes emerging voices from around the world.
One should know better than to ask a group of editors for book suggestions. You'll never get just one book, but rather a never ending list of favorites, and must-reads, and want-to-reads, and so on. Nevertheless, we've bravely asked our small-but-mighty team to put together a summer reading list for you all. What follows are the books that currently sit on our nightstands--partially read, waiting to be read, and recently finished.
Recently, our Editor in Chief Shaun Randol had the opportunity to sit down with Josh Scheer at KPFK Radio to chat about The Mantle, our new publishing imprint, and the curious world of social media.
It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world, and at peace with myself.
Here we share a series of songs dedicated to the legacy and revolutionary spirit of Nelson Mandela. His moral courage remains a testament to the good that humanity can accomplish, if only we find the fortitude to do so. We'll miss you, Madiba. We hope you are singing and dancing ... wherever you are.
We are anguished by the loss of life as a result of a war that has been raging for three years in Syria. Equally, we are dismayed by the insincerity and ineptitude of the “international community” to broker a political resolution to a tragic situation. In response to the chemical weapons attack of August 21st, which took the lives hundreds of Syrians, the people of the United States appear to have finally become aware of the conflict.
We at The Mantle have provided a space for new and emerging voices from around the world since day one. That's our mission. Making this platform available is necessary if we are to ever substantially challenge the dominance of a choice few mainstream, corporate media conglomerates. Six corporations—GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS—own and operate 90% of what Americans read, watch, and listen to.
In the Fourteenth Century, the Roman Catholic theologian Nicholas Eymerich published Directorium Inquisitorum, a text that described many anti-religious and forbidden practices, like witchcraft, sorcery, and fortune telling.
“I have long been a doctor of the art. For some time now I have never said what I believe or never believed what I said. If sometimes I have told the truth, I hide it among so many lies that it is hard to find.”
Happy 544th Birthday, Niccolo Machiavelli!