Posts from the ‘History’ category

How Americans Treat Their Soldiers

A few months ago, I was on a flight between two American cities. I was at the front of the economy class cabin, and watched as…

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Remembrance Day

There’s only so much one can say about Remembrance Day. The ceremony is pretty much the same from year to year–this year I attended the one…

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An Alternative History of Rock and Roll

Andy linked to this delightful alternative time line for the last forty years of popular music. It imagines what might have happened if the Beatles stayed…

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Remembering the Eighties Blockbuster

Via a recent Slate Culturefest episode, I learned about L Magazine’s five-part series of video essays on the evolution of the modern blockbuster. They’re a terrific…

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Dr. Ruth, Elite Sniper

Yesterday I posted a link to an NPR segment on MetaFilter. It’s some kind of quiz shtick called “Not My Job” and features, hilariously, Neko Case…

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The First Ever Video on YouTube

I was doing some rewrites on the video chapter in our book, and discovered that this unremarkable clip was the first ever video posted to YouTube.…

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Why David Beats Goliath

In a recent piece in The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell combines the tales of a high school basketball team, King David and Lawrence of Arabia to…

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The Wild Horses of Sable Island

I was channel surfing the other day and happened upon a documentary entitled “Chasing Wild Horses”. It’s about Roberto Dutesco, a New York fashion photographer who…

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