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War in the Neighborhood

4.38  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Autonomedia (first published 2000)
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Meepelous
Feb 09, 2017 Meepelous rated it it was amazing
Visually poetic and deeply honest, this book is going to be tough to beat as far as favourite book of 2017 goes. I really appreciated the nuanced way in which Tobocman approached this story, especially because while this is based off of his real life experience he does not seek to argue that it is a 100% factually accurate from everyone's perspective. So he had a lot more room to make himself look good and romanticize the cause in general, and he didn't take it. IMHO anyway, that's not to say hi ...more
Eli Bishop
Sep 13, 2010 Eli Bishop rated it it was amazing
All of Seth Tobocman's squatter-related stories from World War Three Illustrated and elsewhere. Great as a political polemic, a piece of New York history, a graphic tour de force, and especially a many-angled study of some real people who couldn't quite live together because no one wanted them to, and because no one really knows how to, yet. I don't know whether to be in awe of Tobocman's achievement, or to conclude that this is what any very good artist should have done after observing those ev ...more
Jeff Cummings
Feb 16, 2017 Jeff Cummings rated it it was amazing
For me, this was an important book. I saw a documentary film about squatters about 10 years ago. There aren't many writers and artists dealing with this phenomenon since it is so controversial. But affordable housing is rare already and gentrification only makes the problem worse. Tobocman describes his experiences living in a squatting community in New York City. It is the best representation I've seen of solidarity and strategic direct action in resisting powerful city governments. To me, it s ...more
Ursula Pflug
Sep 05, 2016 Ursula Pflug rated it it was amazing
I wrote a blog post about this wonderful book which is posted on my website. I also talk about the time I spent living in the Lower East Side in the late 70's, the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe, and the artist Anton Van Dalen.

"My first New York apartment was on 5th Street between 1st and 2nd. It was a ground floor railroad flat with a bathroom and kitchen, and the rent, inclusive, was less than I was paying at the time in a shared two storey place on Queen West in Toronto. When I first moved from Toron
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Benjamin Britton
Oct 02, 2016 Benjamin Britton rated it it was amazing
"We were right in pursuing a diversity of tactics. The legalization of territorial claims came after a decentralized campaign which involved first amendment activities, non-violent civil disobedience, squatting, some dialog with politicians, some courtroom litigation, and occasional acts of violence. All of this was necessary to make the city give up land and in the end it got results.

We were right in asserting that the most radical force in society is the community, where individuals can partic
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Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
This was my first Seth Tobocman graphic novel and I was hooked on it after the first few pages. The art is what drew my eye in and then the writing was a pretty good analysis of squatting in the Lower East Side of NYC. It is a memoir of Tobocman's time living in the squats. It talks about the community gardens, squats, and programs set up by the neighborhood and then the resistance to the mayor's move to destroy it all in favor of developers and gentrification. It also dealt with interpersonal p ...more
Selena
Oct 17, 2008 Selena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poets/Historians/Sociologists/Radicals
This book outlines a long, hard struggle for autonomy and the desperately sought self-sustainability we are deprived of by systems demanding our submission and arbitrary payment. The setting is a timeline on the scene of the Tompkins Square Park seige. Obscene military force and police brutality meet the public's cry for independence, repeated time and time again since the beginning of our history.
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Radical comic book artist who has been living in Manhattan's Lower East Side since 1978. Tobocman is best known for his creation of the political comic book World War 3 Illustrated, which he started in 1979 with fellow artist Peter Kuper. He has also been an influential propagandist for the squatting, anti-globalist, and anti-war movements in the United States.
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