Astra Taylor

Astra 2Astra Taylor is a contributing editor of The Baffler, filmmaker, writer, and activist. Her films include Zizek!, a feature documentary about the world’s most outrageous philosopher, and Examined Life, a series of excursions with contemporary thinkers including Slavoj Zizek, Judith Butler, Cornel West, Peter Singer and others. Both movies premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and are distributed by Zeitgeist Films.

Taylor’s writing has appeared in The Nation, the London Review of Books, Bookforum, and other publications. She is the editor of Examined Life, a companion volume to the film, and coeditor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America. Taylor also helped launch the Occupy offshoot Strike Debt and its Rolling Jubilee campaign. Most recently she is the author of the book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She is currently working on a documentary about democracy.