David Ensminger is a trained folklorist, punk historian, English Instructor, musician, and writer. His work has appeared in Thirsty Ear, Magyar Taraj, Artcore, Trust, Maximum Rock'n'Roll, M/C Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Houston Press, among others. Visual Vitriol, his book covering punk street art and subcultures, is forthcoming from the Univ. Of Miss in Spring 2011.
Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.
27 Jan 2013
The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.
12 Nov 2012
Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.
09 Oct 2012
New York is a symbol that claws its way into the core of stories. It's never just a set piece, never just a grid of architecture. It's a city of multitudes, madness, and muddied values.
09 Sep 2012
As punk music history verifies, American citizenry are not all shiny, happy people. These 20 songs reflect the other side of patriotism -- free speech brandished by the brave and uncouth.
03 Jul 2012
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