Monthly Archives: October 2020

Cleveland Summit

Fight in Vietnam. Those present are: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten. “It was a sunny Sunday … Continue reading

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1964 Monson Motor Lodge protests

Protesters demonstrating in the swimming pool of the Monson Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Fla., scream as motel manager James Brock dumps muriatic acid into the water on June 18, 1964. “The 1964 Monson Motor Lodge protest was part of … Continue reading

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Pushing Buttons: In Our Divided America, Political Pinbacks Give Anyone a Voice

Top: A group of Americana pinbacks from Aisthorpe’s collection. Above: Several of Aisthorpe’s antiwar buttons, circa 1967-1971. “In this modern age of political polarization, we Americans increasingly surround ourselves with friends, neighbors, and news sources that reinforce our worldviews rather … Continue reading

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‘Prairie Fire’ Memories

“I could wallow in nostalgia about my days with the Weather Underground in the early 1970s: at Coney Island with Bernardine Dohrn, eating Bill Ayers’ soufflés and Jeff Jones’ homemade breads and the thrill of having my left earlobe pieced … Continue reading

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The Press of Freedom: An Ofay’s Indirect Address to LeRoi Jones – Vivian Gornick (1965)

“Four men — each a well-known practitioner of one of the arts — appeared on a recent Monday night in the small basement room of the Village Vanguard to address an overflowing crowd on the grandly entitled subject ‘Art vs. … Continue reading

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Townes Van Zandt (1969), Southbound – Doc Watson (1966), Streetnoise – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity (1969), The Lady and the Unicorn – John Renbourn (1970), It’s a Beautiful Day (1967)

“Townes Van Zandt is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, released in September 1969 by Poppy Records. It includes re-recordings of four songs from his 1968 debut album, including the first serious song he ever … Continue reading

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Recipes from the Kitchen of Georgia O’Keeffe

“What shall we read before bed? Georgia O’Keeffe was a fan of cookbooks, telling her young assistant Margaret Wood that they were ‘enjoyable nighttime company, providing brief and pleasant reading.’ Among the culinary volumes in her Abiquiu, New Mexico ranch home … Continue reading

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An Anthology of Chance Operations (1963)

“An Anthology of Chance Operations (An Anthology) was an artist’s book publication from the early 1960s of experimental neodada art and music composition that used John Cage–inspired indeterminacy. It was edited by La Monte Young and DIY co-published in 1963 … Continue reading

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Dorothy Parker Comes Home By Gloria Steinem (1964)

Gloria Steinem in 1964, one year before she interviewed Dorothy Parker. “In moments of family stress my mother often would quote a line or two by Dorothy Parker (‘…better a heart a-bloom with sins/Than hearts gone yellow and dry,’ for … Continue reading

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Walter Kaufmann’s Classic Lectures on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Sartre (1960)

“Walter Kaufmann spent 33 years (1947-1980) teaching philosophy at Princeton. And more than anyone else, Kaufmann introduced Nietzsche’s philosophy to the English-speaking world and made it possible to take Nietzsche seriously as a thinker – something there wasn’t always room … Continue reading

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