Monthly Archives: September 2017

Hugh Hefner, Cultural Rebel

Hef was as much a cultural revolutionary as America could produce at mid-century. Began Playboy right after the Kinsey studies were published, while McCarthyism was in full swing. Got called a “Communist” for undermining American morals, “weakening” American society against … Continue reading

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Ken Burns’s War Stories

[Original version at History News Network, 21 September 2017] I began my first book on Vietnam (Masters of War) with a poem, Adrian Mitchell’s “To Whom It May Concern”: You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out. You … Continue reading

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Vietnam: The Commodity

(Talk given at Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, for The Propeller Group exhibit, 13 September 2017) I’m not an artist nor an art historian, yet art is necessary to any reasonable and meaningful examination of the past. The way people … Continue reading

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