Danny Duncan Collum, a Sojourners contributing writer, teaches writing at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is the author of the novel White Boy.
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Country music has always been cruel to its purest products.
Keeping it 'Real'
Disney's 'urban' experience is cleaned-up, dumbed-down, and smoothed-over.
The Bottom Line on the Beatles
This collection has no reason to exist, except as a shameless exploitation of the Lennon-McCarney catalog.
Free Citizens or Spoiled Children?
The Democratic Dance
The Telecommunications Land Rush
In the 19th century, with much sweat and blood, immigrant labor gangs pushed a railroad across the newly continental United States.
I heard it in passing on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered one afternoon; it was a blurb for an upcoming story.
To the River Together
Family and community at the Bruce Springsteen show.
For the past 25 years, executions have taken place somewhere in America almost every week. They happened in the dead of night.
Yahoo for Hackers
Like so many big events of the digital age, the February shutdown of all those major e-commerce Web sites (Yahoo, E*TRADE, eBay, etc.) didn’t make much of a dent in my real life.
Yes, we have a computer and Internet access. But the computer is not in our house; it’s in an outbuilding we turned into an office. It’s only 20 feet from our back door, but those 20 feet, and a childproof lock on the door, are enough to separate our family’s real life from the virtual one. We unlock the door for specific work- or study-related purposes and lock it again when the job is done. The only exception is e-mail for far-flung family and friends.
As it happened, the day of the great Web meltdown was very cold, and I was out late with a night class. So I didn’t even walk those 20 feet to check the e-mail, much less fire up Yahoo in search of the latest TV and movie news. (Hey, for me that’s work-related!) When I finally did hear the news, the significance (dare I say justice?) of the event was plain.
Left historian Michael Kazin told The Village Voice that the e-commerce guerrillas are the direct descendants of Abbie Hoffman, and he was right. There has not been a more perfect symbolic, made-for-media political act since Hoffman and company dumped baskets of dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.
Arise, Ye Prisoners of Globalization
Something new entered history on November 30, 1999.
It's a Playboy World After All
Get out the garlic! Hef is back. That was the gist of a series of articles last summer and fall chronicling the return to the limelight of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.
The Bulworth Factor
The 2000 presidential election promises to be the biggest fiasco since 1920, when monied interests foisted Warren G. Harding off upon a distracted public.
Raised by TV
By now the Littleton, Colorado high school massacre has become the cultural Rorschach test for the new millennium.
Too Real to be Missed
Why Lucinda Williams Now? Maybe because it's time.
Life is (Sad and) Beautiful
We walked into a plush four-screen cinema in the affluent suburbs of east Memphis and took our place in the ticket line.
Home At Last
Notes from a small southern town.
Paging Stuart Smalley
Twenty-five years ago, I was a 19-year-old college kid joyously wallowing in Watergate.
Woody Guthrie Saves Rock and Roll
By now you've probably heard the news. The greatest rock-and-roll record of 1998 featured 50-year-old songs by a guy who's 10 years deader than Elvis.
Diagnosis Determines Cure
A spectre is haunting Europe...." So begins The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Those words were true when The Manifesto first appeared in 1848.