“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” by David Talbot is a book chronicling the collision of two powerful dynasties, the Dulles family and the Kennedy family. Continue reading The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, by David Talbot @ NYJB
I continue my essay series, American Odd, with a look at the history of the American roadside attraction in Jim Heimann’s classic California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture. Continue reading American Odd: California Crazy and Beyond: Roadside Vernacular Architecture, by Jim Heimann
An occasional series that is a continuation of my essay anthology, On Being Human: critical looks at books and movies that examine the question of humanity. (Buy the limited edition hardcover, Kindle version, or download it for free at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.) Via Orphan Black: Season 3 will be premiering on April 18, 2015 on BBC America. Below are a series of notes on Seasons 1 and 2. Due to the nature of these essays, they contain many spoilers, major and minor. If you haven’t seen the series, I would suggest watching it before reading these … Continue reading On Being Human Redux: Notes on “Orphan Black”
“One Nation Under God” sheds light on the shadowy history of political conservatism, big business, and populist fervor. Continue reading One Nation Under God: How Corporate American Invented Christian America, by Kevin M. Kruse @ NYJB
The Driftless Area Review is moving to Milwaukee! Continue reading The Driftless Area Review is moving to Milwaukee!
This week I review “Muscle Cars,” by Stephen G. Eoannou, a short story collection that follows the lives of inarticulate misfits in the Buffalo, NY area. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: Muscle Cars, by Stephen G. Eoannou
This week I review “By Way of Water,” by Charlotte Gullick, about a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses living in timber country in the Seventies. Continue reading CCLaP Fridays: By Way of Water, by Charlotte Gullick