Friday, November 7, 2014

Numero Uno

On a depressing day, the day after election day, my main man-scholar, George Cotkin, sent me notification that I had won the big prize.  And here it is: Top Books on the 1970s

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Original Story

I didn't post anything about this when it originally happened.  That's because my family and I did a lot of follow-up interviews from interested journalists.  In any case, the story that prompted all that was about outsiders going to Ferguson back in mid-August.  I post here the original (and in my mind the best) story that prompted all that followed.

Outsiders in Ferguson

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Having Completed the Continental Divide Trail

Yes, that's right.  From Mexico to Canada through the great spine of the Divide and the most lovely Rocky Mountains, Vicky (aka Mama Moab) and I have traveled the entirety.  Our son Jay (aka Captain Underpants) has completed Colorado and New Mexico.  He was busy this summer doing very important trail work in the Grand Teton National Park.

We took literally thousands of photographs.  If you want to see more and hear more about our travels, please go here: Vicky and Jay Blog.  But I decided to post one of my favorites (hard to choose from) here:

It's no Ansel Adams, I admit.  But it shows Vicky in the far right corner, the grandeur of the Northern Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness, and was taken close to our ending (we had to loop back here due to snow).

We completed this trail as follows: We took mountain bikes on the Grand Divide Trail through New Mexico.  We hiked Colorado on foot on the CDT and the Wind River Range on foot.  We hiked from Chief Joseph Pass to the Canadian border on foot.  We "filled in" the rest by bike, doing the Grand Divide Trail through the Wyoming Basin area and southern Montana.

I have decided that what this place needs is a good history book -- a history of what happened under your feet (or your bike wheels).  There are some rich stories and characters to populate such a book.  And in the future, I hope to write that.  In the mean time, a book on the history of punk rock is percolating and getting closer to reality.

For now, celebrate with me those last vestiges of wild lands that we have in the lower 48.  Thank goodness for those who had enough foresight to protect all of it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

When Rabbits haunt you...

Here's a fun (and longish) story about Jimmy Carter's struggle with the "Killer Rabbit" episode of his presidency.  Yours truly stars throughout.  Enjoy:

Killer Rabbit Story on WNYC

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

World Tour (uh, well, to Dublin at least)

The Roosevelt Institute sponsored what I thought was a very important and very good conference on the past, present, and future of progressivism in America.  Yours truly presented on postwar liberalism.  The program for the conference can be found here: Roosevelt Institute Conference.  It was telecast live, but I'm not sure if they'll have proceedings on-line or not.

The conference was full of excellent insights among historians, public policy experts, and journalists.  It also provided me the opportunity to explore Dublin on my own a bit.  Anyone who is a fan of James Joyce (my PCT trail name was Buck Mulligan) salivates at the prospect.  Just one photo to share on that front:



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ze Updated Website and the Ghost of Upton Sinclair

First off, I have to thank Sharell who did a terrific job at updating my website, making it simpler and better all at once.  Enjoy.

Secondly, I was interviewed by a rather cool, intelligent, and overall interesting person named Robert St. Mary for his on-line review called "The Projection Booth."  He asked me how Upton Sinclair's novel Oil related to P.T. Anderson's well-received movie, There Will Be Blood.  It was a good interview and well-done.  I also realized that Mr. St. Mary has an extensive expertise in the history of Detroit punk rock and fanzine publication.  He gave me a whole lot of background information and help in understanding Detroit punk rock.  Much appreciated.  Here's the show that emerged from all this:

The Projection Booth

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer 2013

I am traveling on the Continental Divide Trail.  Those who want to see some reports should go to:

http://vickyandjay.blogspot.com/

Also watch for a review of Richard Hell's book on the Dissent website.  A sign of some things to come...