Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!
Edna St. Vincent Millay, Upton Sinclair, Woody Guthrie, Kurt Vonnegut, and Rage Against the Machine have all paid tribute to Nic Sacco and Bart Vanzetti, the Italian-born anarchists notoriously executed on a murder rap in 1927. Had all those artists collaborated on one project, it would be half as weird as Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die!. In a collage of diary entries, movie scenes, and actual facts, Mark Binelli reimagines the pair as a vaudeville team who talk shop with Charlie Chaplin and go on a USO tour of Italy. This gag goes on for 350 pages, almost 75 too many, but its best riffs play like frisky, radical-chic remixes of the pop canon.