“Lavender, Nevada” is "an anti-Western” and Commune’s premier piece of fiction about a small town that takes over the local silver mining operation. Randy Steel, a confident bounty hunter, comes to town on the mine boss’ payroll in search of a redheaded firebrand by the name of Big Bad Butch Dynamite. One foot in the saloon, and Randy finds out the hard way that the “commune is for lovers” as the tagline to the story goes. “Lavender, Nevada” is authored by Teen Vogue politics editor, Lucy Diavolo. She will do a reading followed by conversation Commune’s contributing editor, Natasha Lennard about renewed interest in utopian speculation on how to seize the means of production.
Commune is a quarterly magazine for a new era of revolution approaching its sophomore year in print and online. “Lavender, Nevada” was included as a chapbook inside the latest issue. Come by to purchase a limited copy.
Lucy Diavolo is an editor and writer covering politics on staff for Teen Vogue. Originally from Ohio, she was a co-founder of the Transfeminine Alliance of Chicago and played bass in The Just Luckies. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her omnipresent sense of dread.
Natasha Lennard is a Contributing Editor for Commune Magazine and Contributing Writer for the Intercept. Her work has appeared regularly in the New York Times, Nation, Esquire, Vice, Salon, and the New Inquiry, among others. She teaches Critical Journalism at the New School for Social Research and coauthored Violence: Humans in Dark Times with Brad Evans. Her latest book is Being Numerous: Essays on Non-Fascist Life (Verso 2019).