Monthly Archives: March 2019

Back In My Arms Again – The Supremes (1966)

“Astonishingly, this was the Supremes’ fifth straight US Number One hit. Easy to see why: right now, they were unstoppable, and this is another really good Supremes single. Really good. Not great. Back In My Arms Again shares a great … Continue reading

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In Your Heart You Know He’s Nixon By Gloria Steinem

“The last night of the Democratic Convention in Chicago, with bloodstains still visible on the sidewalks of Michigan Avenue and 20,000 armed men still pursuing fewer demonstrators than have been peacefully contained in Central Park on a summery Sunday, the … Continue reading

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50 Years of Affirmative Action: What Went Right, and What It Got Wrong

The commencement for the Class of 1973 at Columbia University. The number of black students admitted to Columbia rose sharply in 1969. About half of those who enrolled graduated four years later. “On cold mornings, Les Goodson shows up early … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Spitting Antiwar Protester – Jerry Lembcke

People in Seattle welcoming troops returning from Vietnam. “‘So where do these stories come from?’ The reporter was asking about accounts that soldiers returning from Vietnam had been spat on by antiwar activists. I had told her the stories were … Continue reading

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Protesting the War — In Your Best Dress

Back in the days before Google AdChoices and Craig’s List, advertisements fueled newspapers — a 120-page issue might be 75 percent ads and 25 percent editorial. Design directors, photographers, cartoonists, pasteup artists, and editors labored mightily to make sure that … Continue reading

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A Singular Man – J.P. Donleavy (1964)

Renata Adler – The New Yorker, May 16, 1964 – “There is more to writing realistic dialogue that a good ear and a sound memory, and spontaneous conversation as recorded by tape or stenography will seldom sound authentic on the … Continue reading

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Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969)

“Think about how crazy this is for a moment: Stax loses Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays to a plane crash and the rights to their back catalog (and, later, Sam & Dave) to Atlantic. Without their biggest stars and their … Continue reading

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