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Tuesday, July 24 2012

20 Questions: Dan Rather

Will Dan Rather go to Heaven? Not if God is a mosquito. Which of PopMatters 20 Questions leaves this esteemed journalist from Texas stumped, feeling "dumb as a carrot"? Read on.


Thursday, July 19 2012

It Could Happen Here: ‘Pharos the Egyptian’ and Invasion Literature

Does every nation that calls the tunes in international affairs experience guilt – and fear -- through literary ‘invasions’ for years to come?


The Battle for the Arab Spring: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and the Making of a New Era

Through research, interviews, and firsthand experience, the authors analyze the challenges many Arab nations face in building democratic institutions, finding consensus on political Islam and overcoming tribal divides.


Thursday, July 12 2012

The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

Genes explain those crazy cat ladies, why some have no fingerprints, and why others survive nuclear bombs. Genes give some flexibility in their thumbs and fingers, and they might then become truly singular violinists. Sam Kean explains human history and whimsy while showing how DNA influences our species' future.


Monday, July 9 2012

The Past, Present and Future of a Movement: ‘The Occupy Handbook’

Democracy in America has always been an uneven and contested terrain. The founding fathers established the government’s system of checks and balances partly as a way to protect the ruling class from the threat of a voting public.


Monday, July 2 2012

Live Fast Die Young: Misadventures in Rock ‘n’ Roll America

A tale of friendship tested to the limit, noble myths, love lost and found, perfect lyrics, and good times as two friends from London drive across the US to pay homage to the roots of Rock and Roll.


Thursday, June 28 2012

Go-Go Live: The Musical Life and Death of a Chocolate City

At the peak of its popularity, go-go could be heard around the US capital every night of the week, on college campuses and in crumbling historic theaters, hole-in-the-wall nightclubs, back yards, and city parks.


Thursday, June 21 2012

Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society

Employing his trademark inquiry of emotions in American history, Peter Stearns asks why, if modern life has been generally characterized by measurable themes of progress, abundance, and improvement, are people not happier or more content with their lot in life?


Thursday, June 14 2012

America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom

Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black barely know each other. But they are about to change the way politics are discussed in America. Or at least the way politics are discussed in their crappy RV on this month-long road trip.


Wednesday, June 6 2012

Who Authenticates the Blogged Word? The Publishers or the Readers?

Is the publishing industry steering the reading masses towards blogs? Or is the groundswell in the blogger’s popularity amongst readers forcing publishers to take note?


Thursday, May 31 2012

The Day the World Discovered the Sun: An Extraordinary Story of 18th-Century Scientific Adventure

Herein are the tales of three dangerous Venus Transit voyages that risked every mortal peril—a quest that raced to an unforgettable climax, when the universe suddenly became much larger than anyone had dared to imagine.


Thursday, May 24 2012

Patriot of Persia: Muhammad Mossadegh and a Tragic Anglo-American Coup

In 1953, the American and British intelligence agencies launched a coup in Iran against a bedridden 72-year-old man. Muhammad Mossadegh's crimes had been to flirt with communism and to nationalize his country's oil industry, which for 40 years had been in British hands. Mossadegh must go.


Monday, May 21 2012

Charles Dickens Through the Lens of Canonicity

Critical discourse on Charles Dickens – especially late Dickens, most especially of all Bleak House – has gotten out of hand, and finds itself concentrating on virtues that Dickens doesn’t actually possess in a bid to shoehorn him into our notion of what a great writer is and what his writing does.


Thursday, May 17 2012

The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game

Anthropologist John Fox sets off on a worldwide adventure to the farthest reaches of the globe and the deepest recesses of our ancient past to answer a question inspired by his sports-loving son: "Why do we play ball?"


Monday, May 14 2012

20 Questions: Kate Bornstein

"I was a Scientologist for 12 years, which is a lot more embarrassing than saying Hi, I’m a transsexual SM dyke living with borderline personality disorder," Kate Bornstein tells PopMatters 20 Questions on the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.


Thursday, May 10 2012

Fat, Drunk, and Stupid: The Inside Story Behind the Making of Animal House

In 1976 the creators of National Lampoon, America’s most popular humor magazine, decided to make a movie.


Wednesday, May 2 2012

Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

With exclusive new interviews from Velvet Underground, this is a captivating account of one of the most influential groups in rock history.


Thursday, April 26 2012

The Omnivorous Mind: Our Evolving Relationship with Food

We humans eat a wide array of plants and animals, but unlike other omnivores we eat with our minds as much as our stomachs.


Thursday, April 19 2012

Squeeze This!: A Cultural History of the Accordion in America

No other instrument has witnessed such a dramatic rise to popularity -- and precipitous decline -- as the accordion. Squeeze This! is the first history of the piano accordion and the first book-length study of the accordion as a uniquely American musical and cultural phenomenon.


Thursday, April 12 2012

The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

A chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.


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