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Friday, May 30 2014

Carl Van Vechten, America’s First White Negro

What was Van Vechten really writing about during the Harlem Renaissance; black culture as it existed in its own right, or how he viewed it through his own complicated prism?


Wednesday, March 12 2014

Is Laura Wilder’s ‘Little House’ Series Right for Kids These Days?

Should the fact of Laura Wilder's dated prejudices lead us to abandon Little House and its sequels?


Monday, July 8 2013

Caroline Leavitt at a Crossroads: ‘Is This Tomorrow’

New York Times best-selling author Caroline Leavitt discusses her new novel about a family who must brave the hostile status quo of '50s American suburban life while being as different from their neighbors as possible.


Tuesday, August 21 2012

The Love of Light: Gore Vidal, 1925 - 2012

We must approach any consideration of Gore Vidal's vast body of work with fear and trembling, because if we do not properly understand and absorb his wisdom, we will have missed yet another opportunity to truly grasp American history and identity.


Sunday, July 1 2012

Mike Patton & Ictus Ensemble: Laborintus II

Laborintus II might be really high-minded, and really challenging, but it's totally bizarre fun too. It may well be the most unsettling thing you listen to all year, but what else would you expect from Mike Patton?


Tuesday, May 1 2012

Shemekia Copeland and Ronnie Baker Brooks Take a Class

Copeland and Brooks infected my classroom with the ‘existential freedom’ that allows each person to stare into the darkness, yet somehow and someway, find the words, the voice, and the courage to sing a sweet song. That is, they gave us all the blues.


Friday, September 2 2011

Talking With David: Radical’s Visionary Chief Marketing Officer

How does Radical enter the digital economy in a groundbreaking way that both redefines the entertainment industry and yet remains true to core values of support for creativity and precision of user-driven environments?


Sunday, July 10 2011

Techno’s Labor Force, Rock’s Betrayal, and the Birth of the Fascist Groove Thing

Electronic music has always maintained an ambivalent attitude towards labor, at once rejecting the notion of wage internment and creative inhibition while embracing the beauty of the cyborgian mechanics of the factory and the allure of discipline and dominance.


Thursday, June 9 2011

What You’ve Done: Damaged #1

David Lapham writes with brio, crafting the story of two brothers committed to two opposing views; one to law, and the other to justice. Download your free preview exclusively at the end of this review.


Wednesday, March 9 2011

Bart Simpson & Dennis the Menace Would Be His Buddies: ‘Just William: Series One’

Children’s literature provided a false but satisfactory memory of assumed British childhood experiences, and was a suitable fictional outlet to help entertain and distract from economic depression, wartime, and post-war shortages.


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