Monthly Archives: September 2022

How the Chicago Freedom Movement Made Way for the Fair Housing Act

Chicago Freedom Movement march, South Kedzie Avenue, August 5, 1966 “History teaches us about important lessons, people, and events. It shapes a nation. It tells us who we are and where we came from. It tells us about our past … Continue reading

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Collected Stories 1939-1976 – Paul Bowles

“After an early false start as a poet and a substantial career as a composer, Paul Bowles began his career as a short story writer in his mid-thirties, when he was asked to edit an issue of a magazine on … Continue reading

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Roy Lichtenstein – “Ohhh… Alright…” (1964)

“Ohhh…Alright… is a 1964 pop art painting by Roy Lichtenstein. It formerly held the record for highest auction price for a Lichtenstein painting. In November 2010, Ohhh…Alright…, previously owned by Steve Martin and later by Steve Wynn, was sold at … Continue reading

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Ted Berrigan: Has Henry James Put Me in This Mood?

Collage made as a proposed cover for “Memorial Day,” a long poem by Anne Waldman and Ted Berrigan. “Ted Berrigan was the first in the circle of poets around the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church to ask me to … Continue reading

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Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes (1980)

“Camera Lucida (French: La chambre claire) is a short book published in 1980 by the French literary theorist and philosopher Roland Barthes. It is simultaneously an inquiry into the nature and essence of photography and a eulogy to Barthes’ late … Continue reading

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The Wobblies: The Story of the IWW and Syndicalism in the United States – Patrick Renshaw

“Declaring, ​‘an injury to one is an injury to all,’ the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) upended and forever changed the labor movement a little over a century ago. The Wobblies’ commitment to organizing workers on an industry-wide basis, … Continue reading

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Playing the Truth: Charles Mingus’s Jazz in Detroit/ Strata Concert Gallery/ 46 Selden

“In January of 1979, two extraordinary losses occurred in Mexico. 56 sperm whales beached themselves on the country’s coast line. Reportedly on the same day, fabled jazz composer and bassist Charles Mingus died of heart failure related to ALS (Lou … Continue reading

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Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’: The Unrelenting Male Gaze that Blurs the Lines Between Possession and Obsession

“It is no secret that the late Alfred Hitchcock was—and still is—not only one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, but also the ‘Master of Suspense.’ After having started his career as a silent film title … Continue reading

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Abiodun Oyewole – One of the First Last Poets – Talks About Legacy, and Hip Hop

The Last Poets in 1970; half a century later—and counting—Oyewole is keeping poetry in the moment. “A founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, Abiodun Oyewole is also known as a founding father of hip … Continue reading

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Mimeo Revolution

“Stretching from the early 1960s through the early 1980s, many dozens of small presses sprang up across North America (and beyond) during what has now come to be known as the Mimeo Revolution. This typographical upheaval gathered energy around members … Continue reading

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