When Skateboards will be free

This week, BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week is the touching, amusing memoir of growing up on the American far left, When Skateboards Will be Free, by American-Iranian Said Sayrafiezadeh. Episode 2, this morning and repeated just after midnight, covers the Party deciding he and his single mother should move to Pittsburgh. This is the American SWP, portrayed perfectly. The title refers to his mother not letting him have a skateboard – until after the revolution, when they’ll be free.

Related: Gary Younge “Memoirs of a teenage Trot”, on being a WRP member in the 1980s.

Previously: Trotsky on TV/Trotsky on Book of the Week.

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  1. I actually like Louis Proyect’s take on the book:

    http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/said-sayrafiezadeh-david-horowitz-wannabe/

    Nice to see Said turning his parents rebellion into money . . . to misquote some bloke from the 70s.

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