Monthly Archives: December 2020

Addressing Inner City Issues – SDS and the War on Poverty

ERAP Newsletter Cover for July 23, 1965. “The Port Huron Statement touched on multiple fronts, including the urban crisis and the problem of poverty. The SDS manifesto criticized ‘a national celebration of economic prosperity while poverty and deprivation remain an … Continue reading

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Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe (1958)

“Things Fall Apart is the debut novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, first published in 1958. Its story chronicles pre-colonial life in the southeastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of Europeans during the late 19th century. It is seen … Continue reading

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Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism – Philippe Soupault (1963)

“Lost Profiles: Memoirs of Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism is a diminutive, stylish book that kicks off by appreciatively documenting a curiously seedy period of transition within the anti-rationalist French avant-garde: from Dada to Surrealism. Published by legendary City Lights in … Continue reading

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Dr. John, Legend of New Orleans

“Towards the end of 1965, after their meteoric rise to the top of the charts with I Got You Babe, Sonny and Cher were invited to perform at a private party in the penthouse apartment of mining tycoon Charles Engelhard Jr. … Continue reading

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An Animated Introduction to Albert Camus’ Existentialism, a Philosophy Making a Comeback in Our Dysfunctional Times

“When next you meet an existentialist, ask him what kind of existentialist s/he is. There are at least as many varieties of existentialism as there have been high-profile thinkers propounding it. Several major strains ran through postwar France alone, most … Continue reading

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Hunter S. Thompson vs. To Tell the Truth (1967)

“… In what is perhaps the most gloriously absurd author/game show crossover, a contractually-obligated (?) Hunter S. Thompson and his two impostors tread the boards before perennial To Tell the Truth panelists Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle, and Tom Poston. … … Continue reading

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Anti-nuclear movement in the United States

Women Strike for Peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. “The anti-nuclear movement in the United States consists of more than 80 anti-nuclear groups that oppose nuclear power, nuclear weapons, and/or uranium mining. These have included the Abalone Alliance, … Continue reading

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‘Take Beautiful Pictures of Our People’

Herman Howard’s “Sweet as a Peach,” 1963, emphasized the community’s energy. “Shawn Walker was up on 125th Street with Louis Draper and Ray Francis, hanging out and taking pictures. It was the summer of 1964 and the friends, in their … Continue reading

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Echoes of 1969 – Harvard University and the Vietnam War

Shortly before noon on April 9, student demonstrators convened in front of Memorial Church before heading to University Hall to read their demands. … “In the late 1960s, American society seemed in crisis. The Tet Offensive that began in January … Continue reading

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Shirley & Dolly Collins – Love, Death, & The Lady (1970), Bert Jansch (1965), Sandy Denny – Where The Time Goes (Sandy ’67), Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng & Ye Grene Knyghte – John Renbourn (1968), Please To See The King – Steeleye Span (1971)

“Love, Death and the Lady is an album by Shirley and Dolly Collins. This is a companion-piece to Anthems In Eden (1969), but with a darker tone to it. She attributes the ‘melancholy’ mood of the album to her own … Continue reading

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