A celebration of everything odd, strange, and bizarre abou America. Continue reading AMERICAN ODD: CONCLUDING UNSCIENTIFIC POSTSCRIPT; OR, DIVERSE OPINIONS REGARDING OUR AMERICAN ODDBALL CO-INHABITANTS
It’s just a collection of outdated Dad Jokes. Don’t bother. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: TRUMPED! Beyond Politically Correct, by Peter Davidson
This week I review the 1997 classic “Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters,” where the Queen of ‘Zines offers advice and lifestyle tips. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Pagan Kennedy’s Living: A Guidebook for Aging Hipsters, by Pagan Kennedy
American Odd begins with a look at “Kooks,” by Donna Kossy, a compendium of strange systems of thought from the weirder crevices of the American Experience. Continue reading American Odd: Kooks, by Donna Kossy
I lay out my principles to avoid Conflict of Interest, because I am now both a reviewer and an editor. Continue reading THE DRIFTLESS AREA REVIEW’S STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
A roundup of events of the past year and what to look forward to next year. Continue reading The Driftless Area Review End of Year Report
Walter Benjamin and Ludwig Wittgenstein use water metaphors in two passages. Continue reading The Driftless Area Review Commonplace Book: Two philosophers use water metaphors
Issue #1 of CCLaP’s new monthly magazine is finally here! Click through for all the details, lots of screenshots, and a chance to download it for free. Continue reading CCLaP Journal #1 is here!
What is The Kickstarter Letters?
Jason Pettus funded the entire print run of Katzman’s second novel, A Greater Monster, through a Kickstarter project.* As a reward, Katzman wrote each of his 128 contributors a stream-of-consciousness email or handwritten letter. This book is a signed & numbered handmade, hardback collection of 52 of those letters. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays Bonus: The Kickstarter Letters, by David David Katzman (not a review)
The first coins, the first hamburger, the first military motor vehicle. These are but a sampling of Robertson’s Book of Firsts. Researched and compiled by Patrick Robertson as a culmination of a lifelong passion, the book aims to chronicle not invention, but innovation. This means a look at social and technological development and some surprising entries. Robertson approaches this collection of firsts from a unique position. A former government employee and a former chairman of the Ephemera Society, he also owns the largest private collection of vintage magazines in Britain. Firsts are ephemeral, since once a first is achieved, social … Continue reading Robertson’s Book of Firsts: Who did what for the first time, by Patrick Robertson