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‘Grapes Of Wrath’ And The Politics of Book Burning

Clell Pruett burns a copy of The Grapes Of Wrath in Kern County, California in 1939. [Source: Kern County Museum/NPR] You don’t need Savonarola or Heinrich Himmler to ignite the pyre for banned books. The spark could start with a … Continue reading

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Orwell, Marx, and the Snake

George Orwell wrote in his diary on August 9, 1938: Caught a large snake in the herbaceous border beside the drive. About 2’ 6” long, grey colour, black markings on belly but none on back except, on the neck, a … Continue reading

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What If Protesters Doused The Flame In 1936?

A German runner carries the Olympic flame into Berlin’s swastika-draped stadium in 1936. [Source: Wikipedia] The notion that the Olympic “movement” is about individual athleticism is a myth. The Olympics have long been devoted to nationalism and the manipulation of … Continue reading

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Lee Miller: Surrealist Solarization

Man Ray. Portrait of Lee Miller. 1930. [Source: Columbia Magazine/Man Ray Trust]

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Lee Miller: Picasso’s Cubist Portrait

Pablo Picasso. Portrait of Lee Miller as L’Arlesienne. 1937. Musée Picasso, Paris. Exhibition note for Lee Miller. Picasso in Private at Museu Picasso in Barcelona: Lee Miller … took over a thousand photographs of Picasso during the thirty-six years of … Continue reading

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