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W. Scott Poole
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W. Scott Poole is a writer and an associate professor of history at the College of Charleston. He’s the author of   Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), a book about the life and strange times of America’s first horror host.  He is also the author of the award-winning Monsters in America (2011). Follow him on twitter @monstersamerica.


Features

Sunday, October 10 2004

Place as Burden: Please Do Not Vacation in Charleston, South Carolina

In contemporary South Carolina, people seem willing and eager to evoke, rather than to exorcize, the ghosts of the past. Yet if you mention its uglier aspects, you will be told, perhaps by someone dressed in a hoop-skirt and getting ready to lead a tour of a 'two hundred yar old plantation', to 'stop living in the past'.


Columns

Thursday, November 1 2012

Archie Bunker and America's Argument Around the Dinner Table

With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.


Thursday, September 29 2011

Chuck Eddy Will Piss You Off with 'Rock and Roll Always Forgets'

Buy this infuriating and brilliant book. But get it in softcover. You'll be throwing it against your wall.


Monday, June 27 2005

Do White Folks Get the Blues?

If white folks don't really get the blues, they certainly preserve it, record it, and put together and attend festivals where the music is rightfully celebrated.


Tuesday, April 26 2005

Superman in the Cotton Fields: Comics in Black and White, Mostly White

A racist society is one in which significant political and social capital rests in white hands, even if that society gives lip service and official tribute to the ideals of 'tolerance' and 'diversity'. At least in the marginal art form of comics, African American representations are changing.


Tuesday, March 1 2005

Captain Confederacy: The South in Living Color

The creators of the 'tights and cape' crew that have dominated the comics form for much of its history knew the streets of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn well, but the rural South proved beyond their imagining. 'Captain Confederacy' changed all that.


Reviews

Tuesday, October 28 2014

The Witchcraft of History in 'Babyaga: A Novel of Witches in Paris '

Like Neil Gaiman, China Miéville and Catherynne M. Valente, Toby Barlow takes an historic urban space and transforms it into a place to ask questions that haunt us.


Monday, September 29 2014

'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' Remains the Ultimate Revisionist Western 40 Years Later

It opens with images of mortality and ends with a monster’s operatic dance with a chain saw under a deathly, brooding Texas sun—it’s about America, man.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

Troubled Loners of the World Unite!

Sarah Maitland writes How to Be Alone as much for us not-so-troubled loners as she does for the chronically extroverted.


Monday, July 28 2014

In 'The Big Chill', Cynicism is the Illusion

Never heavy-handed in its response to Reagan's "Morning in America", The Big Chill shows loss, defeat and grief while still being funny.


Monday, May 19 2014

'Vampire Academy': It's Just About High School

Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.


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Friday, December 11 2009

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