This week, the photo blog of the Denver Post posted a remarkable set of photos here by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, taken in the late Thirties and early Forties. Apparently, they are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town … Continue reading Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain
Many, many years ago when the internet was but a series of tin cans connected by cord, I received a reply to an email that said “LOL!!!!” My instant reaction was ” ‘Scuse Me? Is that some kinda in-your-face political statement?” Perplexed, the sender emailed back and asked whatever could I mean. I replied that … Continue reading One Man’s Abbreviation…..
For reasons I can’t quite grasp, I was meditating on “famous last words” the other day. And not just any last words. Over the years I’ve amassed something of a mental collection of final utterances of the good and the guilty, as spoken on the gallows or on the way to the electric chair or … Continue reading Dead Men Talking
In his seminal, eye-opening and mind-expanding survey of early American history Albion’s Seed, Doctor David Hackett Fischer explores how the folkways of four different regional cultures from the British Isles underlay American history and culture and there continuing influence up to the present day. Fischer’s cross-disciplinary study (history, anthropology, geography, music, gender studies, folklore) is fresh and … Continue reading 4th of July (Flags of Our Fathers)
I’m not in agreement with everything postulated in this video essay but it’s a great starting point for a discussion about America as depicted in the greatest American art form, movies. You could do a lot worse than ending the Fourth in John Ford’s America. The movies mind, not interviewing the irascible old bastard….. I would heartily … Continue reading 4th of July (Mythic Edition)
I’ve always liked this song. Country-hippie-tastic. Also cute girl and aawwwww doggie…. Continue reading 4th of July (Country Hippie/ Longhaired Redneck edition)
Like many people who have a dog in Manhattan, I find myself gravitating to Central Park for our daily walks. The Parks’ nearly 800-acres of lawns, paths, woods and lakes make it an ideal exercise ground, and man and dog never have to take the same route twice. Near the northern edge of the Park … Continue reading 4th of July (A Walk in the Woods)