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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, a book about the life and strange times of America’s first horror host out in September 2014 from Counterpoint/Soft Skull.  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

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.


Monday, February 17 2014

Jiggle TV? 'Charlie's Angels'

It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.


Monday, February 10 2014

'Night of the Demons' Does Schlock Right

Horror fans need to pick this one up, even if the '80s seems like a black hole of bad sequels and a morass of bad ideas.


Monday, December 23 2013

Charlie Chaplin Created Beauty through Understatement

In City Lights, Chaplin introduced parody and satire to a moment that was supremely serious, and we owe him more than we realize for the saving power of modern irony.


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Blogs

Friday, December 11 2009

Adult Swim in a Box


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