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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Rocking Foundations

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-1995

When the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city quake.

A Culture in Common

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-1995

We hear a lot today about how divided we Americans are on matters of culture.

Reaching Beyond Remote

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-1995

Writers of various sorts, you may have noticed, sometimes take a notion to cast aside their particular genre or discipline and Just Write About Life

Going to X-Tremes

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-1995

It's tough to be a conspiracy nut these days, because the conspiratorial worldview has gone positively mainstream. Nobody's sure anymore who's a nut and who's not.

Are PBS and Cable Like Cain and Abel?

by Danny Duncan Collum 03-01-1995

It was inevitable that our de facto federal ministry of culture would be among the first and most visible targets when Newt Gingrich, the Trotsky of the Hard Right, took the House.

Nature and Grace

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-1994
Flannery O'Connor and the healing of Southern culture

America Circles the Wagons

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-1994

After 25 years missing and presumed dead, the Western movie genre has enjoyed an amazing resurrection in the past few years.

For Whom Crime Pays

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-1994

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The Little Train That Couldn't

by Danny Duncan Collum 02-01-1994

In 1936, Charlie Chaplin made one of the very last silent films, Modern Times.

An American Story

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1994

As this is written, The Great Depression - produced by Henry Hampton's Blackside Inc., the team behind the epochal Eyes on the Prize series - has just started its four-week run

"Pushing the Envelope" Doesn't Deliver

by Danny Duncan Collum 12-01-1993

Reflections at the beginning of a new year of television

What the World Needs Is a 20 Cent Coke

by Danny Duncan Collum 11-01-1993

Last month this magazine ran a couple of articles on consumerism and mall culture.

Labeling Violence for What It Is

by Danny Duncan Collum 09-01-1993

The new fall television season is upon us. And with it for the first time comes the advent of network warning "labels" on violent entertainment programming.

That Was The Year That Wasn't

by Danny Duncan Collum 08-01-1993

As this is written we're surrounded by 1968. It seems to be the 25th anniversary of everything--from the assassinations and the riots to the White Album.

The Revelation will not be Televised

by Danny Duncan Collum 07-01-1993

Daytime news 

Bourgeois in the U.S.A.

by Danny Duncan Collum 06-01-1993

The closed-circle culture of country music 

When All the World Is a Stage

by Danny Duncan Collum 05-01-1993

The President and pop-culture

Heeeeeeeeeere's Trouble

by Danny Duncan Collum 04-01-1993

Late-night television

Old Nightmares in the New Europe

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1993

IN WATCHING RECENT events in Germany, personal and historical tragedies have sometimes blurred together in my vision. The shocking wave of German neo-Nazi violence against foreigners and Jews (still rising at this writing), and the German government's immigration policy concessions to xenophobia, have appeared alongside news of the death of Social Democratic Party leader Willy Brandt and the tragic murder of Green Party founder Petra Kelly.

The picture that emerged from this blur was one of a shiny new dream dying, while old nightmares revived. Willy Brandt, who was chancellor of West Germany from 1969 to 1975, in many ways represented the best ideals and aspirations both of his generation of Germans and of the European democratic socialist tradition. Brandt was among the only postwar West German political leaders of his generation who had joined the underground opposition during the Nazi era.

Later, as postwar mayor of West Berlin, Brandt stood at the forefront of resistance to the new totalitarianism of the Communist East. Still, as chancellor, Brandt helped open the way for better relations between East and West. He believed that peaceful cooperation, not armed confrontation, was the key to unlocking the gates of the Berlin Wall.

See Ross Run

by Danny Duncan Collum 01-01-1993

Ross Perot's influence on political systems