The intersection of art and politics has long engendered passionate, wideranging responses. In much of the world, political art—while not free from controversy—is the norm. Yet in the United States, these issues are far from settled. Art and politics here have had a fluctuating, complicated interrelationship. What is art in the service of social justice? Is an artist obligated to address the political? This book profiles, in interviews and photographs, an eclectic group of American artists working in a wide range of media. The focus of these interviews is, quite broadly, thoughts on political art-making. Prince’s photography is used to convey a deep sense of each of the interviewees in a painterly fashion. In the words of Pete Seeger, art “may save the world. Visual arts, dancing, acting arts, cooking arts . . . Joe DiMaggio reaching for a fly ball—that was great dancing!”


Interviews in Something to Say:
The late Howard Zinn • Pete Seeger • Yoko Ono • Screenwriter Ron Nyswaner • Comedian Maysoon Zayid • Poet Quincy Troupe • Painter Freddy Rodríguez • Filmmaker Gini Reticker • Slowpoke cartoonist Jen Sorensen • Performance and installation artist Sheryl Oring • YA writer Jacqueline Woodson • Chef and food activist Didi Emmons • Poet and art critic John Yau • Punk-rock activist Franklin Stein • Klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals


“Klin captures a subject deftly…. Most of these people may be unknown to mainstream audiences, but Klin recounts their life stories vividly, offering insight into that quicksilver phenomenon known as the creative process. Among his subjects are three legends: Pete Seeger, Yoko Ono, and Howard Zinn, the latter interviewed two months before his death. Physically slender but conceptually expansive…Something to Say offers both a compelling read and a sturdy civics lesson for the next generation of American citizens.”

Something to Say: Thoughts on Art and Politics in America

  • Leapfrog Press 2011

    Used paperback in like new condition

    206 pages