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The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Riot Grrrl’s activism and grass-roots activity showed the movement was more concerned with breaking the rules and conventions than breaking through in punk.

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

The interviews of rock widows in I Can’t Remember If I Cried reveal life for these women when their husbands exit the stage, the music stops, and the silence roars

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

With its deft layering of words, its samples, and how it articulates sound, Questlove’s Hip-Hop Is History is like De La Soul’s excellent album 3 Feet High and Rising.

The Magnificent Dance of ‘The Swans of Harlem’

The Magnificent Dance of ‘The Swans of Harlem’

In her dance history book The Swans of Harlem, author Karen Valby structures a magnificent, wide-ranging, complex narrative that’s both engaging and emotional.

‘Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: The Beat. UB40. Tears of a Clown’ (excerpt)

‘Too Much Too Young, the 2 Tone Records Story: The Beat. UB40. Tears of a Clown’ (excerpt)

This excerpt from Daniel Rachel’s history of 2 Tone Records shows the formation of the Beat and the best version of the band-defining “Tears of a Clown” ever.

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

In Wandering Stars masterful storyteller Tommy Orange shifts our lens from historically imposed assimilation to contemporary cultural reclamation.

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

With Unsuitable, lesbian fashion historian Eleanor Medhurst stitches fashion, gender, and sexuality into a perfectly tailored, comprehensive and inclusive book.

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

No Such Thing as Failure: Nintendo’s Failed Virtual Boy

Nintendo’s failed Virtual Boy followed the tradition of wondrous human inventions made to trick the eyes, like a diorama. “Retro collecting” gamers love it.

Zionism, Belonging, and George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’

Zionism, Belonging, and George Eliot’s ‘Daniel Deronda’

George Eliot was not Jewish, but her 1876 novel Daniel Deronda took on the “Jewish question” and brought forth the concept of Zionism with knowledge and grace.

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

‘Free Party’ Director Aaron Trinder on Fighting for the Right to Party

When the New Age travelers and the newly emerging ravers met in the English countryside, they had to fight for the right to party together for free. They still do.

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Steve Reich’s Music Echoes in Jordan Mechner’s Graphic Memoir ‘Replay’

Like Steve Reich’s Different Trains, Jordan Mechner’s graphic memoir Replay is a work of introspection that looks to history and tragic synchronicity.