Jim Ruland on the Origins of His Dystopian Noir “Make It Stop”

Jim Ruland

For the last two decades, Jim Ruland has balanced unpredictable forays into fiction with detailed looks into punk rock history. Last year saw the release of his book Corporate Rock Sucks, a comprehensive look at the history of SST Records. This year, he’s followed that up with Make It Stop, set in a near future where the nation’s for-profit healthcare system has taken a turn for the all-controlling and a group of activists seek to dismantle the system via a host of techniques. I talked with Ruland about the way his fiction and nonfiction shape one another and his penchant for unlikely genre cross-pollination.

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