From the sedulous to the surreal in cultural context

Month: August 2014

Goldtops and Humbuckers

The Gibson Les Paul and 1950s Nostalgia in 1970s Heartland Rock  Growing up in the Midwest in the 1980s, I was under the impression that the greatest car ever made was the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Most of my family members who had a driver’s license at any point from the mid-1950s to the late-1960s… Read More ›

Skype, MOOCs and Google! Oh My!

The Golden Anniversary of the New York World’s Fair    In innumerable ways automation touches our lives – and reshapes them. Automation is a simple thermostat keeping a house evenly heated; it is also a continental network of computers – the background of Bell Telephone’s coast-to-coast direct dialing system. Serving the speed work or add… Read More ›

Vietnam Reloaded – Author Interview

An Interview with John Southard       Your book Defend and Befriend: The U.S. Marine Corps and Combined Action Platoons in Vietnam was published in July 2014 by the University of Kentucky Press. It features some strong blurbs from scholars of the Vietnam War and seems likely to find a considerable audience. Aside from… Read More ›

Tasting the Water in the Craft Breweries of “Beer City USA”

When an area rife with protected forests, wild rivers and smoky, layered peaks is also home to thousands of enthusiastic craft beer drinkers and an unusually high number of craft breweries, amazing things can happen – like when Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company and Oskar Blues Brewery all decided, within about four… Read More ›

Experimenting with Segmented Sleep

Experimenting with Segmented Sleep Valerie Robin   There is a lot of talk about sleep these days. We don’t sleep enough. We sleep incorrectly. We don’t sleep well. We might even be doing REM wrong – the dream cycle, not the band. Last summer, in 2013, I took a post-Marxisms course in the Communication Department… Read More ›


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