Charles Mudede

Charles Mudede

Charles Mudede—who writes about film, books, music, and his life in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe, the USA, and the UK for The Stranger—was born near a steel plant in Kwe Kwe, Zimbabwe. He has no memory of this birth, but he does remember noticing himself in the mirror for this first time—it happened on May 3, 1972. Mudede is also a filmmaker: Two of his films, Police Beat and Zoo, premiered at Sundance, and Zoo was screened at Cannes. Mudede directed Thin Skin, and has written for the New York Times, Cinema Scope, Ars Electronica, C Theory, and academic journals. He also wrote the liner notes for Best of Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: Elektra Years. Mudede has lived in Seattle since 1989.


Why Are People So Weird About Eating Bones? I Eat Them Whole

I Love Sucking Them with My Mouth, Probing Them with My Tongue, and Crushing Them with My Teeth

The Cloud Appreciation Society

Women's Breasts, a Memorable Police Report, and People Who Love to Stare at Fluffy White Things in the Sky

Young, Poor, Lucky

A Tunnel, an Elevator Shaft, and Living on the Edge

The Animal in You

With Bestiality About to Become a Felony in Washington State, Charles Mudede Looks Back at the Crime that Shocked the World

Topography of Terror

Seattle's Freeway Park is a garden of earthly delights—for the city's crazed murderers and inhuman rapists! A sprawling maze of dark corners, towering

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Music Nov 27 2:45 PM

Depeche Mode Says Seattle Is Better than Vancouver

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The Planet of Depeche Mode

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Tacoma's Revolution Also Rocks

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Transportation Nov 14 10:13 AM

A Marxist Analysis of Seattle's Bad Light Rail Behavior

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War Nov 9 11:53 AM

Hamas' October 7 Attack Discovered Panopticonism in the Age of AI

People Assume Someone Is Always Watching, Hamas Proved No One Was There

War Oct 31 10:00 AM

This Is Total War

There's Nothing New About Bombing Civilians

The Dead Oct 27 3:10 PM

How Capitalism Created Ghosts

On Hauntings, Time Travel, and the Burning of Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee Statue

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What Tacoma Could Do That Seattle Clearly Can’t

Tacoma's Support for Its Local Arts Scene Is Leaving Seattle in the Dust