Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Emily F. Popek

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.


Features

Thursday, July 9 2009

We Are United in Our Digital Isolation

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.


Thursday, January 29 2009

Killing for Coal: An Interview with Thomas G. Andrews

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.


Reviews

Thursday, October 1 2009

Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress by Candacy A. Taylor

Taylor's lavishly illustrated paean to these longtime waitresses, or 'lifers', gives these unsung heroines of Americana the respect they so richly deserve.


Thursday, July 23 2009

The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

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.


Monday, June 8 2009

Agitate! Educate! Organize! by Lincoln Cushing, Timothy W. Drescher

Vivid, striking, colorful, arresting and at times even shocking, these posters speak loudly with voices of sorrow, righteousness, defiance and humor.


Thursday, May 21 2009

The Lonely American by Jacqueline Olds & Richard S. Schwartz

Simple acts -- picking up the phone, sending a Christmas card -- can have profound consequences, not only for ourselves, but for our friends and family.


Tuesday, May 5 2009

Nice Work If You Can Get It by Andrew Ross

Ross' prescriptions for the future job market may seem difficult to achieve, but he argues convincingly that we must strive for these goals if we are to have any hope of humane, stable and equitable livelihoods in the future.


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