Monthly Archives: November 2020

Girl Groups: How the Other Half Lived by Greil Marcus

“Of all the genres of rock and roll, girl group rock (‘group’ is merely a con­vention — the operative word is ‘girl’) is the warmest, and probably the most affecting. The style flourished between 1958 and 1965, ‘bad’ years of … Continue reading

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Carlos Fuentes and the Latin American Boom

“The son of a Mexican diplomat, Fuentes was born in Panama City, Panama in 1928, and spent much of his early adolescence accompanying his father on diplomatic duties in various cities across the continent, such as Buenos Aires and Washington … Continue reading

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The Philosophy of Chance – Stanisław Lem (1968)

“The Philosophy of Chance, with subtitle ‘Literature in the Light of Empiricism‘ (Polish: Filozofia przypadku. Literatura w świetle empirii) is an essay by Polish author Stanisław Lem on the literary theory and the influence of literature on the modern culture. … Continue reading

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Death of a Naturalist – Seamus Heaney (1966)

“Death of a Naturalist (1966) is a collection of poems written by Seamus Heaney, who received the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. The collection was Heaney’s first major published volume, and includes ideas that he had presented at meetings of … Continue reading

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Town Bloody Hall – The Town Hall (April 30, 1971)

“Town Bloody Hall is a 1979 documentary film of a panel debate between feminist advocates and activist Norman Mailer. Filmed on April 30, 1971, in The Town Hall in New York City. Town Bloody Hall features a panel of feminist … Continue reading

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Dust On The Nettles – A Journey Through The British Underground Folk Scene 1967-1972

“By the turn of the ‘60s, the white heat of revolution was giving way to something altogether more backward facing – be it the resurgence of interest in the blues across the Atlantic, or even the Beatles’ swift retreat from … Continue reading

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Mary Quant – V&A Dundee

“The exhibition Mary Quant currently showing at V&A Dundee is filled with revolutionising fashion, feminist dogma and, ultimately, playful artistry. As the first international retrospective focusing upon the career and significance of Dame Mary Quant (born 1930), the exhibition offers … Continue reading

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Remarks on Timothy Leary’s Politics of Ecstasy by Allen Ginsberg (December 12, 1968)

“By the late ’40s of this memory Century the people I knew best and loved the most had already broken through the crust of old Reason & were dowsing for some Supreme Reality, Christmas on Earth Rimbaud said, Second Religiousness … Continue reading

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Heresies of “Dune”

“Some historical periods fade, others end abruptly. For the United States, the Technicolor-tinted era that began when the troops returned from World War II terminated in an instant: 12:30 pm on November 22, 1963. The gunshot that took John F. … Continue reading

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JFK Assassination Song: “The Motorcade Sped On” by Steinski

“November 22, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This post is part of a series that will run throughout this year focusing on songs that address the JFK assassination. ‘The Motorcade Sped … Continue reading

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