Popek is a newspaper editor who moonlights as a bookstore clerk and freelance writer. She received a bachelor's degree in American studies from Bennington College and worked more than 25 different jobs over a 10-year period. She lives in upstate New York with her husband.
We Are United in Our Digital Isolation | 9 Jul 2009 // 5:00 PM
The paradox of the new media is that for each face-to-face interaction we sacrifice, we open up the possibility of connecting with thousands of like-minded people.
Killing for Coal: An Interview with Thomas G. Andrews | 29 Jan 2009 // 3:00 PM
Andrews' book distinguishes itself from conventional labor histories by going beyond sociological factors to look at the total physical environment and the role it played in the lives of both labor and management, and how it would lead to the Ludlow Massacre of 1914.
Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress by Candacy A. Taylor | 1 Oct 2009 // 4:59 PM
Taylor's lavishly illustrated paean to these longtime waitresses, or 'lifers', gives these unsung heroines of Americana the respect they so richly deserve.
The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky | 23 Jul 2009 // 4:59 PM
This vast project put hundreds of writers to work penning poems, describing barbecues, interviewing American Indians and taking down recipes for everything from soup to nuts, quite literally.