Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Stephen Duncombe considers the affinities between fly fishing and a life of activism in his new book The Activist Angler (OR Books, May 2023). He discusses these parallels in this video interview with NYU News.
Duncombe is a life-long political activist, co-founding a multi-issue community activist group in the mid 1990s, the Lower East Side Collective, which won an award for “Creative Activism” from the Abbie Hoffman foundation. He was also a lead organizer in the international direct action group Reclaim the Streets. Stephen is the author and editor of eight books, including Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy and the Cultural Resistance Reader, writes on culture and politics for a wide range of scholarly and popular publications, and is the creator of an open-access, open-source, web-based edition of Thomas More’s Utopia. His scholarly and activist work has been supported by, among others, the Open Society and Fulbright foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts. Duncombe is co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism.