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Dueling visions of the Jazz Age: “The Great Gatsby” movies, compared. (And the book too).

This is the seventh article in my 1920s Week series. The Great Gatsby, the iconic 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is arguably the greatest literary testament of the 1920s. … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Metal for Friday: “Highway Star” by Deep Purple. [audio]

For this week’s Metal for Friday post I decided to reach back into hallowed antiquity and dust off one of the greatest songs from one of (in my opinion) the … Continue reading

March 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Ankara falling: the Ermenonville air disaster.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the crash of Turkish Airlines Flight 981, one of the most tragic air disasters in aviation history. On March 3, 1974, the fully-loaded DC-10, … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

We interrupt this program: the terrifying EBS false alarm of 1971.

If you grew up in the 60s, 70s or 80s in the United States, you’re probably very familiar with these words: “This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Nor’easter from Hell: the great blizzard of 1978.

It happens to be snowing where I am as I write this. Perhaps it’s snowing where you are too–much of the U.S. is supposed to get snow this weekend. But, … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth Panorama: plane crash wreckage at Sólheimasandur, Iceland.

This abandoned metal hulk is the remnant of a C-117D cargo transport plane, owned by the U.S. Navy, which crashed near Sólheimasandur, Iceland. On November 24, 1973, the crew of this … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

The story of Wood Quay: the battle over Ireland’s history and identity.

This is the eighth and final article in my Irish History Week series, and it’s a good one to end on, as it blends Ireland’s ancient and recent history. Wood … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

So much metal left unheard: in memory of Phil Vincent.

Today, January 26, would have been–should have been–the 40th birthday of a man named Philip Francis Vincent. He was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and lived most of his life there … Continue reading

January 26, 2014 · 6 Comments

The fire off Whiddy Island: the Betelgeuse disaster.

The waters off Whiddy Island, a 3-mile long strip of green nestled in Bantry Bay in the county of Cork, Ireland, are deep and calm. The surrounding area is sparsely-populated, … Continue reading

January 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

My 10 favorite articles of 2013 (Part III): Mitch & Bonnie, Pope and Packard.

In a few hours 2013 will be history (or it may already be, depending on where you live when this article goes up). I’m taking the opportunity of the last … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment
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