Vince Carducci is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies, a private art and design school in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @cultrindustreez.
Manufacturing Motown | 26 Jan 2009 // 3:00 PM
Like the nameplates on the auto industry's productive output, Motown's headline acts were brand identities under which cultural commodities were sold.
Confidence Games on Canal Street | 26 Jul 2007 // 6:00 PM
Consumers of counterfeit branded products may be dupes or they may be shrewd shoppers, but they are also communicators; people who demonstrate literacy in the meanings attached to certain symbols in the marketplace both of goods and ideas.
Poetry, Art, and the New Spirit of Capitalism | 16 Jul 2017 // 9:00 PM
Poet and critic Jasper Bernes seeks nothing less than a complete reconsideration of poetry and art over the past 50 years in this book, which heralds the appearance of an important new voice in criticism.
Confessions of a Political Romantic: Christopher Hitchens' 'Hitch-22' | 27 Jun 2010 // 5:00 PM
Hitchens often remarks here on his being a late bloomer, and so it is that some will see the core of Hitch-22 as the story of the author’s inner journey in adulthood from firebrand '60s campus radical to geezery Tory of the Anglo-American variety.
It's Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature: 'Against the Anthropocene' | 13 Sep 2017 // 6:30 AM
Scientists have been arguing for a new period in Earth's geological history, the Anthropocene. Cultural critic T.J. Demos offers a critical take on the concept, pro and con.
'Practicable' Proposes to Rewrite Postwar Western Art History | 12 Jun 2017 // 3:30 AM
Both a historical survey and a theoretical treatise, this book highlights key artists and movements, of course, and then brings broader humanities and social science perspectives to bear.
Steve Hughes, Washed in Dirt | 14 May 2012 // 1:00 AM
For a decade and a half, Steve Hughes has published Stupor, a zine that chronicles life in the age of diminished expectations. The newest issue was done in collaboration with international art star (and Björk main squeeze) Matthew Barney.
'The Detroiters' Captures Motor City Advertising, 'Mad Men' Style | 20 Jul 2010 // 2:38 AM
A 50-year-old copy of a pulp fiction novel on advertising in Detroit is the starting point for an investigation into a bit of late 20th-century pop culture.