W. Scott Poole is a writer and an associate professor of history at the College of Charleston. He’s the author of Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting (October 2011) and Vampira, a cultural biography of America’s first seductive horror host forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in 2014. He’s inordinately proud of his record and comics collection. His website is monstersinamerica.com. Follow him on twitter @monstersamerica.
Sunday, October 10 2004
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'.
Thursday, November 1 2012
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
Buy this infuriating and brilliant book. But get it in softcover. You'll be throwing it against your wall.
Monday, June 27 2005
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
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
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.
Monday, February 17 2014
It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.
Monday, February 10 2014
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
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.
Monday, November 18 2013
Catastrophic violence becomes more central to the Superman mythos than ever before.
Sunday, November 10 2013
The last episode of Dexter tries to remind us of not only where the monsters come from, but also what can become of them and the people they try to love.