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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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The Game of the Century – Bobby Fischer

“The Game of the Century is a famous chess game that was won by the 13-year-old future world champion Bobby Fischer against Donald Byrne in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City on October … Continue reading

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“Women and the Myth of Consumerism” – Ellen Willis (Ramparts, June 1970)

“If white radicals are serious about revolution, they are going to have to discard a lot of bullshit ideology created by and for educated white middle-class males. A good example of what has to go is the popular theory of … Continue reading

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V. S. Naipaul – In a Free State (1971)

“There appears to have been some contestation in the published form In a Free State was to assume. Subtitled A Novel with Two Supporting Narratives, V. S. Naipaul’s 1971 masterpiece features the eponymous novel, two stories which he calls “supporting narratives,” … Continue reading

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The Double Helix – James D. Watson (1968)

“The Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA is an autobiographical account of the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA written by James D. Watson and published in 1968. It has earned … Continue reading

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The Realist

“The Realist was a pioneering magazine of ‘social-political-religious criticism and satire’, intended as a hybrid of a grown-ups version of Mad and Lyle Stuart‘s anti-censorship monthly The Independent. Edited and published by Paul Krassner, and often regarded as a milestone … Continue reading

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Diane di Prima

“Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934 – October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement. She was also an artist, prose writer, and teacher. Di Prima authored nearly four dozen books. … She edited … Continue reading

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We Have Only This Life to Live: The Selected Essays of Jean-Paul Sartre 1939-1975

“Jean-Paul Sartre, in a magazine interview at the age of 70, five years before his death, made no apologies. One of the most prominent French thinkers of the 20th century, echoing one of its most famous French singers, declared laconically, … Continue reading

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Growing Up Inside a John Updike Novel

“As long as I can remember, I have loved boats and words. When I was about two years old, I was with my parents and three siblings in an eatery in Essex, Massachusetts. It was named ‘The Village Restaurant,’ but … Continue reading

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