Mark Kurlansky
Features // 2 Articles
Columns // 2 Articles
Reviews // 3 Articles
Blogs // 2 Articles

Ready For a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America
18 Jul 2013 // 6:15 PM

Can a song change a nation? Mark Kurlansky’s work chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history.

20 Questions: Mark Kurlansky
11 Apr 2010 // 4:59 PM

Mark Kurlansky is a Renaissance man whose work should be read, learned from, and admired. His latest, Eastern Stars publishes this week. He tells PopMatters 20 Questions why he’ll take rebels over saints any day.


How to Make Political Pop Without Trying
26 Aug 2013 // 6:30 PM

"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.

Squanto: The Ultimate Guide
23 Nov 2009 // 3:59 PM

Even anglers like myself yearn for guides with fishing IQs as rich as Squanto's, a Patuxet Native American who taught the Pilgrims how to fish.


'The Eastern Stars': A Swing and a Miss at a Ripe Pitch to Hit
29 Jun 2010 // 9:00 PM

The birth and growth of baseball in the cane fields around San Pedro sprung from a fertile mix of immigration, exploitation and acculturation.

The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky
23 Jul 2009 // 4:59 PM

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.


In Mark Kurlansky's 'What', It's All About the Journey, Not the Destination
23 Jun 2011 // 4:00 AM

Mark Kurlansky’s curious, sliver-like investigation asks, What’s more important, the question or the answer?

The Food of a Younger Land
30 Nov 2009 // 8:30 PM

The Food of a Younger Land – Mark Kurlansky – Riverhead Books [$27.95]

//Mixed media


"No Dollars in Duende": On Making Uncompromising, Spirited Music

// Sound Affects

"On the elusive yet clearly existential sadness that adds layers and textures to music.

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