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Geography of hate: the places of racism in American history. [With Geolocations]

The legacy of racism is everywhere in American history, from marble mansions to ordinary streetcorners. We must reckon with it.

By |2019-08-04T14:15:12-07:00August 4th, 2019|Earth, Geography, History|1 Comment

Brave New World, the new cinema of the 2010s [Part II]: big movies, small stories.

The second installment of my analysis of "Brave New World" of 2010s cinema involves examples spanning the globe from the U.S., England, Ireland and Russia.

By |2018-09-18T20:30:09-07:00September 18th, 2018|Movies|1 Comment

Past Imperfect: Deep Dive Movie Blog on “Back to the Future Part II.” [3 of 3]

This is the third and last installment of my “Movie Deep Dive” on Robert Zemeckis’s Back to the Future Part II. The first installment, focusing [...]

By |2017-09-22T20:30:03-07:00September 22nd, 2017|Movies|0 Comments

Streets of fire: two New York City disasters converge in space and time.

Two eerily similar fire disasters, one in 1911, another in 1958, occurred within a five-block area of New York. Are these tragedies somehow linked?

By |2017-03-19T20:30:37-07:00March 19th, 2017|Geography, History, Spotlight|2 Comments

Environmental history on TV: “The Crown” and the 1952 Great Smog of London.

Leave it to an original Netflix series to depict environmental history as accurately as I've ever seen it on the screen.

By |2016-12-07T20:30:09-07:00December 7th, 2016|Environment, History, Spotlight, TV|0 Comments

Monstrous: The reactionary sensibilities of “Creature From the Black Lagoon.”

One of the most classic and beloved monster movies of the 1950s actually contains some pretty regressive and reactionary messages, if you think about it.

By |2016-09-12T20:30:38-07:00September 12th, 2016|Horror, Movies, Spotlight|0 Comments