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Year of the Mad Bomber

“Throughout much of 1968, Sam Melville, an unemployed 34-year-old with an estranged wife and 5-year-old son, frequently sat at his desk in a squalid apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, contemplating how he could destroy America. Smoking a … Continue reading

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“The Paranoid Style in American Politics” – Richard J. Hofstadter (1964)

“‘The Paranoid Style in American Politics‘ is an essay by American historian Richard J. Hofstadter, first published in Harper’s Magazine in November 1964; it served as the title essay of a book by the author in the same year. Published … Continue reading

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Pleasures of the Harbor – Phil Ochs (1967)

“Pleasures of the Harbor is Phil Ochs‘ fourth full-length album and his first for A&M Records, released in 1967. It is one of Ochs’s most somber albums. In stark contrast to his three albums for Elektra Records which had all … Continue reading

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Lolita – Stanley Kubrick (1962)

“Lolita is a 1962 British-American comedy-drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Based on a 1955 novel of the same title, Vladimir Nabokov also wrote the screenplay. It follows a middle-aged literature lecturer who becomes sexually obsessed with a young adolescent … Continue reading

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Division Street riots

“The Division Street riots were episodes of rioting and civil unrest, which started on June 12 and continued through June 14, 1966. These riots are remembered as a turning point in Puerto Rican civic involvement in Chicago. This was the … Continue reading

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Mexico City Blues (242 Choruses) – Jack Kerouac (1959)

“Mexico City Blues is a poem published by Jack Kerouac in 1959 composed of 242 ‘choruses’ or stanzas. Written between 1954 and 1957, the poem is the product of Kerouac’s spontaneous prose, his Buddhism, and his disappointment at his failure … Continue reading

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The Passionate, Progressive Politics of Julia Child

After the wild success of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” Child cultivated an apolitical mien. But, as she became more comfortable with her fame, she spoke more openly about her beliefs. “In 1942, Julia McWilliams moved from New York … Continue reading

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