Bomb the Suburbs

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Bomb The Suburbs is a collection of essays by William Upski Wimsatt, a former graffiti tagger. It is a mix of storytelling, journalism, photojournalism and original research, on a broad range of topics, such as suburban sprawl, hip hop culture, youth activism, graffiti, and Chicago. It was photoedited by artist Margarita Certeza Garcia, and published in 1994 by Subway & Elevated Press, a division of Soft Skull Press, with ISBN 0-9643855-0-3, and republished in 2000.[1] The first edition had 3,000 copies.

Bomb The Suburbs led to subsequent books and political activism.[2] In an essay in his No More Prisons compilation, entitled "In Defense of Rich Kids", Wimsatt responded to classist criticism of his affluent background:

"You can hate me if you want to. I am the beneficiary of a very unfair system. The system gives me tons of free money for doing nothing, yet it forces you to work two and three jobs just to get out of debt."[3]


  1. ^ Worldcat entry
  2. ^ Kristin V. Jones (2004-05-20). "Who Let the Punks Out?". The Nation. Retrieved 2006-09-22.
  3. ^ Wimsatt, William Upski, editor (2000). No More Prisons.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)