Shaun Randol

Shaun Randol

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.


October 20, 2011

On October 18, Reverend Billy Talen and the Church of Earthalujah (formerly the Church of Stop Shopping) paid yet another visit to Occupy Wall Street in New York City. In the video below, they entertain the crowd with a very catchy tune.

October 18, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011, was a spiritual day for me at Occupy Wall Street. I began the day at the famous Community Church of New York, where Unitarian Universalist minister Bruce Southworth delivered his sermon, "Excellence!" using the Occupy worldwide movements as as fulcrum. What's happening down at OWS, he said, is an explosion of morals. (That's a good thing!)

October 17, 2011

October 15 saw an explosion of sympathetic Occupy Wall Street marches and occupations in 1,500 cities around the world (and on all seven continents - see Occupy Antarctica here).

October 10, 2011

Like many of you, I have been following the Occupy Wall Street movement since its inception, which is now entering its fourth week. My initial reaction on hearing of the occupation was one of caution; I assumed—and I am sure I am not alone—that this was another case of young, white, privileged college students staging a demonstration out of genuine concern, but able to do so because they knew Mom and Dad would keep putting money into their checking accounts.

September 27, 2011

On September 20, I attended a lecture by former UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown at The New School University. As he paced the stage, Brown outlined the themes of his new book, Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalization.

Quite a title! I am sure we could come up with a globalization crisis that precedes the contemporary one he speaks of, but that's not the point of this post.

September 20, 2011

On 'Writing War'

September 19, 2011

What does it mean to create a society? To be in a society? Nicaraguan poet and former Sandinista revolutionary, Gioconda Belli, writes in her page-turning memoir, The Country under My Skin, about traveling to once-forbidden sites in Managua in the days immediately following the fall of Anastasio Samoza’s regime:

September 12, 2011

Galway Kinnell shares his powerful poem.

August 31, 2011

Though media and public interest in the organization has waned recently, WikiLeaks continues to publish a torrent of diplomatic and other sensitive material. In this essay, Shaun Randol argues that, from top to bottom, the anti-secrecy organization has permanently altered how international affairs are conducted: emboldened citizens worldwide can now act in arenas normally reserved for a powerful, elite few.

August 22, 2011

Finding the influence of Arcimboldo in two new artists