Monthly Archives: January 2021

Basketball and Black Pride: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Resident Organizing in New York City Public Housing

“In the summer of 1968, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — known at the time as Lew Alcindor, and just barely twenty-one years old — was already a basketball legend. Impossibly tall and incredibly talented, he had led New York City’s Power Academy … Continue reading

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HAL 9000

“HAL 9000 is a fictional artificial intelligence character and the main antagonist in Arthur C. Clarke‘s Space Odyssey series. First appearing in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL (Heuristically Programmed ALgorithmic Computer) is a sentient HAL/AL 9000-series computer … Continue reading

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1968: Art and Politics in Chicago

“In the weeks leading up to the convention, the city prepared for battle, even surrounding the site of the convention, the International Amphitheater, with barbed wire. It appeared Daley intended to make good on his promise: ‘[a]s long as I … Continue reading

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Ralph Steadman: With gonzo, you don’t cover the story; you become the story

Steadman’s drawing of Hunter S. Thompson’s car beset by huge bats illustrated Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1971. “One day in 1970 Ralph Steadman was out on a boat, covering the America’s Cup yacht race and feeling seasick. … Continue reading

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A Salty Dog – Procol Harum (1969)

“… A Salty Dog came highly recommended. The famed rock critic Robert Christgau, who served his seven years beneath the mast as our pegboy, gave it a rare A+, and even our finicky parrot, who liked nothing but techno, kept … Continue reading

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Habaneros – Julien Temple (2017)

“What does it mean to ‘tell’ Cuba? The foreigner perspective about such a particular reality necessarily imply a certain vision, but at the same time it can mean to have a different approach. And which is the best way, for … Continue reading

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Adventures in Poetry – Larry Fagin (1968–1975)

Adventures in Poetry 1 (March 1968). “The title derives from a children’s textbook, Adventures in Reading. I was trying for a kind of funky elegance like 0 to 9, a little fancier than ‘C’ or Lines. A typical issue was … Continue reading

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The Conformist – Bernardo Bertolucci (1970)

“The Conformist (Italian: Il conformista) is a 1970 political drama film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, whose screenplay is based on the 1951 novel The Conformist by Alberto Moravia. The film stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Stefania Sandrelli, Gastone Moschin, Enzo Tarascio, Fosco … Continue reading

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Andrew Kopkind – The Thirty Years’ Wars: Dispatches and Diversions of a Radical Journalist 1965–1994

“In Boston in the 1970s he wrote articles and movie reviews for a range of publications and did regular political commentary for WBCN radio.  … He’d been a contributor to Grand Street, New Left Review, Esquire, Vogue and Il Mani­festo, … Continue reading

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When the Grateful Dead Performed on Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark & Secretly Dosed Everyone With LSD (1969)

“At one time, whatever else people did with it, they really did read Playboy for the articles. And whatever other vicarious thrills they might obtain from Hugh Hefner’s Playboy’s Penthouse variety show or its follow-up, Playboy After Dark, they definitely … Continue reading

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