Category: Short Takes

Short Take: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War. Dr. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Perf. Peter Coyote (Narrator), Huy Duc, Duong Van Mai Elliott, et al.  Florentine Films, 2017. Documentary. Review by Matt Masur America’s war in Vietnam, which ended almost fifty years ago, has never really faded from the country’s memory. Every American military intervention

Short Takes: The Matter of History

Bill Caraher The past two decades have seen an explosion in work on the environmental history and a growing interest in materiality. These two trends intersect in the work of scholars who have come to question whether the division between humans and nature is a useful paradigm for understanding the relationship between the bundle

Short Take: Domesticity and Hi-Fi Living

Bill Caraher I’m totally enamored with J. Borgerson’s and J. Schroeder’s Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (2017) published by MIT Press. The book explores the remarkable world of album covers from the 1950s and 1960s not from the heights of pop music (which was still dominated

Short Take: The Answer is Mind Control through Brain Waves

For the last decade or so, I’ve had a fascination with parapsychology. Some of this stems from the work that I did on dream archaeology many years ago and some comes from puerile fascination with things like Jon Ronson’s Men who Stare at Goats. So, I couldn’t resist reading Wladimir Velminski’s

Short Take: The President Calling

Sharon Carson This week NDQ is very pleased to give a nod to our neighbors at Minnesota Public Radio,  specifically to producers Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis of American RadioWorks/American Public Media Reports for their fascinating documentary “White House Tapes: The President Calling,”  which aired over the Presidents Day holiday

Short Take: Revenge of the Analog

Over the holiday break, I read David Sax’s Revenge of the Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter (Public Affairs 2016). It’s a popular book and Sax is a journalist who write on culture and technologies for a range of periodicals. His book was intriguing to me not because he

Short Take: SNCC Digital Gateway Project

Sharon Carson North Dakota Quarterly is proud to honor the legacy of the Black Civil Rights movement this week, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in honor of the thousands of citizens who labored long and hard (and labor long and hard today) to achieve racial and

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