Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Seethes with Class Rage

by Jimmy Wu. Class is back on the big screen. From Sorry to Bother You to Joker, the past year has seen an explosion of popular movies that offer, with varying degrees of coherence, a critique of contemporary capitalism. But perhaps no recent film does so with more savvy than Parasite, a new genre-bender that became the first Korean movie to win the Palme d’Or.

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Spelling Test

by Sarah Sturgiss. It’s summer and we’re playing soccer with a red rubber ball in the front when Max starts to do the thing he does when I’ve scored more goals than him. It’s the same frustrated look he’d get when he was a baby; his smile shrinks into a squinched-up line, and he pushes his breath out of his nose.

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Statement on Protean’s Relationship with Kickstarter

During the one-month run of our recent Kickstarter campaign, where many of our generous readers were kind enough to pitch in and help us create our second issue, we were confronted with some disturbing news. Kickstarter is ostensibly a “public benefit corporation,” and in the past it has prided itself on its adherence to ethical principles. Yet management had just fired two workers for organizing activities with the company union, Kickstarter United.

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