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John Margolies’ Photographs of Roadside America

- August 29, 2019 in advertisements, advertising, america, americana, John Margolies, On the Road, roads

The culture of the American road has been much celebrated — and much criticized. Lawrence Ferlinghetti saw the rise of the automobile and the construction of the interstate system (which began in the 1950s) as a new form of punishment inflicted on the populace. Driving in their cars, “strung-out citizens” were now       […]

American Freedom: Sinclair Lewis and the Open Road

- March 22, 2017 in america, automobile, car, first road trip novel, free air, freedom, Literature, On the Road, road trip, sinclair lewis, travel, united states

Some three decades before Kerouac and friends hit the road, Sinclair Lewis published Free Air, one of the very first novels about an automobile-powered road trip across the United States. Steven Michels looks at the particular vision of freedom espoused in the tale, one echoed throughout Lewis’ oeuvre. Sinclair Lewis at the wheel of his automobile, ca. 1920s — Source. Sinclair Lewis is experiencing a renaissance of late — butâ�¦

Despotism (1946)

- February 2, 2017 in america, control, despotism, fascism, politics, power, Totalitarianism, war

Short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, published a year after the end of WW2, exploring the characteristics and causes of despotism.

Despotism (1946)

- February 2, 2017 in america, control, despotism, fascism, politics, power, Totalitarianism, war

Short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, published a year after the end of WW2, exploring the characteristics and causes of despotism.

The Empathetic Camera: Frank Norris and the Invention of Film Editing

- May 20, 2015 in america, california, cinema, corner of wheat, D.W. Griffith, early film, editing, film, film editing, frank norris, hollywood, Literature, modernity, trilogy of the wheat, violence, wheat

At the heart of American author Frank Norris' gritty turn-of-the-century fiction lies an essential engagement with the everyday shock and violence of modernity. Henry Giardini explores how this focus, combined with his unique approach to storytelling, helped to pave the way for a truly filmic style.

1592: Coining Columbus

- April 16, 2014 in america, Art & Illustrations, Books, Christopher columbus, colonialism, Culture & History, exploration

For many the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas is inextricably linked to a particular image: a small group of confident men on a tropical beach formally announcing their presence to the dumbfounded Amerindians. Michiel van Groesen explores the origins of this eurocentric iconography and ascribes it's persistence to the editorial strategy of the publisher who invented the initial design a full century after Columbus' encounter took place.

President Woodrow Wilson’s daughter singing Star Spangled Banner (1915)

- November 6, 2012 in america, Audio, Audio: 1910s, Audio: Traditional, collections, president, star spangled banner, u.s. presidents, woodrow wilson

Margaret Woodrow Wilson, the daughter of President at the time Thomas Woodrow Wilson, singing the U.S. national anthem “Star Spangled Banner” in 1915. After her mother’s death in 1914 Margaret served as the First Lady of the United States until her father’s second marriage in 1915. She would go on to make several recordings around 1918. In 1938 she travelled to the ashram of Sri Aurobindo in Pondicherry, India where she chose to stay for the rest of her life. She was later known in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram as ‘Nistha’ (Sanskrit for “sincerity”). In 1942, she and the scholar Joseph Campbell edited the English translation of the classical work on the Hindu mystic, Sri Ramakrishna, The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna by Swami Nikhilananda, which was published in 1942. She was to die two years later, 6 years after entering the ashram, of a kidney infection aged 57. (Wikipedia) The lyrics of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” come from “Defence of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay 200 years ago this year in [...]

Freedom Highway (1956)

- May 22, 2012 in america, bus, Films, Films: 1950s, Films: Ephemeral, Films: Short, freedom, greyhound, non-article, patriotism, tex ritter

In this film from the Prelinger Archives, a Greyhound bus rides from San Fransisco to Washington D.C, transporting us at the same time through the landscape of American mythology (and unwavering patriotism). The cast of bus riders include: Fred Schroder who, embittered by the death of his son in Korea, is riding to Washington to accept a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor on the son’s behalf; Jimmy Rollins, a Scout, heading to Washington for his first Jamboree; Mary (a young Angie Dickinson) and Bill Roberts, a basketball star on the make; actor and country star Tex Ritter, playing himself, taking a short ride on the bus as it passes through Texas, singing about the Alamo and the “freedom road.”; and most importantly, a black-suited mysterious stranger who appears, as if from nowhere, to transform the outlook of the passengers. Greyhound Lines and America have never looked so good. Winner of the Freedoms Foundation Special Award.

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