A. Bowdoin Van Riper is a historian who writes about modern science and technology, and images of science, technology, and history in popular culture. He's the editor of Rowman & Littlefield's "Science Fiction Television" book series, and Web Coordinator for the Center for the Study of Film and History. He has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin--Madison, and is the author or editor of 10 books (so far). His physical self resides on the coast of Massachusetts, and his virtual self at www.abvr.net
Hollywood, History, and the Art of the Big Anachronism | 25 Sep 2013 // 9:14 PM
Turkey legs may take the place of hot dogs, but even in the Middle Ages—at least the version of it in films such as A Knight’s Tale—fans still do The Wave.
Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity | 10 Oct 2016 // 2:30 AM
Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.
'Track Changes': History Written on Glass | 10 Aug 2016 // 8:05 PM
A dense, scholarly history of machine-made literary magic: effortless revisions, swappable files, perfect printouts, and what authors did with them.