Humorists have served as the conscience of cultures ever since (and before) court jesters ridiculed omnipotent royalty for its hypocrisy, pomposity, and corruption. Punk continues to fulfill that essential social role in relation to the powers-that-be of the modern world.
This is a deep dive into the history of literature and the murky threats it's faced that have only served to make it stronger.
06 Feb 2018
Comics-in-Chief: Laughing With (and At) the Presidents - The Growth of Democracy & the Flow of Humor
“Greatest” and “worst” president surveys continue to reveal what is surely not just a coincidence: we have always and still continue to revere our wits in the White House.
31 Jan 2013
In his new book, the bright light Michael Kupperman has shown so readily in the comic strip form dims considerably for being written into prose.
04 Oct 2011
Modern day 'political' celebrities can't hold a candle to Paul Robeson, who always flaunted his politics even when it was perhaps most dangerous to do so.
09 Nov 2010
A collection of 200-plus years of writing about the American theatre betrays a clear preference for the past over the present.
06 Jul 2010
This details the mischief Twain was up to when he decided to bend or disregard the usual rules of journalism.
07 Dec 2008
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