Shaun Randol founded The Mantle in 2009. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. Shaun is the co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing (The Mantle, 2014) and he wrote an introduction to Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener (The Mantle, 2019). He is also a member of the PEN American Center and serves on the boards of Nomadic Press and Africa Book Link.
"Cincinnatus Receiving Deputies of the Senate" (1843) by Alexandre Cabanel - Musée Fabre
A letter from Occupy Wall Street - a day before the raid
A review of 'The Faster I Walk, the Smaller I Am'
Despite the many good things in politics and society accomplished by the Sandinistas, one cannot claim that Nicaragua is a paragon of democracy and modernity—far from it.
It is impossible for me to vacation anywhere without having first conducted a little bit of research about the history and contemporary politics of the destination. The last thing I want to appear to be to locals is a bumbling, passing-through tourist with zero interest in the land and people who are hosting me. To be at least mildly informed is the least I can do. It was with this attitude and mindset that I approached my recent vacation in Nicaragua.
Erik Sanner's 'traffic cone aesthetics'
A Call for Participation in the #OccupyWallStreet Movement*
At Occupy Wall Street's headquarters in Liberty Plaza , New York City, teach-ins happen daily over the People's Mic (an empowering, participatory spectacle, shown here). Lecture topics vary widely, including the prison-industrial complex, land grabs in Brazil, gender equality, philosophy, environmental issues, and lots and lots of economics.