Monthly Archives: February 2020

Life with the Black Panthers

Kathleen Cleaver and Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale (right) at a Free Huey rally in Oakland, California, in the summer of 1968. “When Howard Bingham was commissioned by Life magazine in 1967 to photograph the Black Panthers, he was, at … Continue reading

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Underground film

Stan Brakhage “An underground film is a film that is out of the mainstream either in its style, genre, or financing. The first printed use of the term ‘underground film’ occurs in a 1957 essay by American film critic Manny … Continue reading

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MIT’s Anti-War Protests 1967-1972

“The protests that erupted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1960s were an important part of the wider student unrest that shook the US in this period. Noam Chomsky has often talked sympathetically about these protests, which … Continue reading

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Katherine Johnson

“Katherine Johnson (born Creola Katherine Coleman; August 26, 1918 – February 24, 2020), also known as Katherine Goble, was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and … Continue reading

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British New Wave

“The British New Wave is a style of films released in Great Britain between 1959 and 1963. The label is a translation of Nouvelle Vague, the French term first applied to the films of François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard among … Continue reading

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The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. – Robert Coover (1968)

“The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop. is Robert Coover‘s second novel, published in 1968. J. Henry Waugh is an accountant, albeit an unhappy one. However, each night after he comes home from work, Henry immerses himself in … Continue reading

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Home Is the Sailor – Jorge Amado (1964)

“Vasco Moscoso de Aragão makes port in Periperi, on the coast of Bahia. His sailor’s uniform, charts, pipe and telescope become attractions in the small town. Besides the nautical instruments that fascinate the locals, the townsfolk also fall for the … Continue reading

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John Barleycorn Must Die – Traffic (1970)

“John Barleycorn Must Die is the fourth studio album by English rock band Traffic, released in 1970. … In late 1968, Traffic disbanded, with guitarist Dave Mason leaving the group for the second time prior to the completion of the … Continue reading

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Malcolm X: The Complexity Of a Man in the Jungle (Feb. 25, 1965)

“Malcolm X has three faces. One is turned toward Africa, one toward Harlem, and one toward Washington. His masks are more numerous. They are juggled by both the actor and his audience. He’s a charismatic leader. Then a cartoon figure … Continue reading

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Presidio mutiny

“The Presidio mutiny was a sit-down protest carried out by 27 prisoners at the Presidio stockade in San Francisco, California on October 14, 1968. The stiff sentences given out at court martials for the participants (known as the Presidio 27) … Continue reading

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