Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Story of the Tet Offensive

“At the end of January, the media will commemorate the fifty-year anniversary of one of the Vietnam War’s most pivotal moments: the Tet Offensive. On January 30, 1968, the combined forces of the Viet Cong, the People’s Liberation Armed Forces … Continue reading

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#2 – 1961: Runaround Sue – Dion (1961)

“‘Runaround Sue’ is a pop song, in a modified doo-wop style, originally a US No. 1 hit for the singer Dion during 1961 after he split with the Belmonts. The song ranked No. 351 on the Rolling Stone list of … Continue reading

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Memories of Underdevelopment – Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (1968)

“Memories of Underdevelopment … is a 1968 Cuban film. Directed by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, the story is based on a novel by Edmundo Desnoes entitled Inconsolable Memories (Inconsolable Memorias). It was Alea’s fifth film, and probably his most famous worldwide. … Continue reading

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The Snake-Eaters and the Yards

An American officer sits with a group of Montagnards in a military camp in central Vietnam in 1962. “In 1965, syndicated columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak used a frontier metaphor to describe the American Special Forces’ advisory role with … Continue reading

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Columbia University protests of 1968

Mark Rudd, Chairman of the Students for Democratic Society, talks to reporters. “The Columbia University protests of 1968 were among the many student demonstrations that occurred around the world in that year. The Columbia protests erupted over the spring of … Continue reading

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A Separate Reality – Carlos Castaneda (1971)

“In A Separate Reality Carlos Castaneda begins by attempting to reasonably objectify a combined group experience of peyote, the perception of Mescalito, the embodiment of the peyote cactus. He tries to explain it in terms of what he calls ‘manipulating social … Continue reading

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We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite (1960)

“We Insist! (subtitled Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite) is a jazz album released on Candid Records in 1960. It contains a suite which composer and drummer Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown had begun to develop in 1959 with a … Continue reading

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The Diary of Che Guevara: Bolivia: November 7, 1966-October 7, 1967

“Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (1928-1967) was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary and author (as well as a physician) who was a major factor in the Cuban Revolution. During the 1960s, he was lionized by intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Bertrand Russell, … Continue reading

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The Terrible Violence of ‘Pacification’

South Vietnamese displaced by the war, circa 1970. “By the time of the cease-fire in Vietnam in 1973, more than 10 million South Vietnamese, mostly from rural areas — well over half of the estimated total population of 17 million … Continue reading

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A Steady Pulse: Restaging Lucinda Childs, 1963–78

“Street Dance was Robert Dunn’s workshop assignment for the Judson Group, which was to make a dance that would be six minutes long. It has only been performed on three occasions: in 1964, at the studio of Robert and Judith … Continue reading

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