Colin Fleming
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Trick or Treat
Ghosting Time

A radio program from 70 years ago provides a timely lesson in what we lose with our obsession with “next, next, next” at the sake of “was,” “is,” and “will be.”

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Herman Melville, Portrait by Joseph O. Eaton (Wikimedia Commons)
Herman Melville at 200
Bartleby, the Safe-Spacer

Melville’s classic story is a blast of truth from 1853 on behalf of coddled lives in 2019.

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RKO Pictures
Vegetative Vampires
Howard Hawks’s The Thing and Our Echo Chamber Age

In the 1951 classic, an otherworldly being feeds on all-too-human fears—and shows how bonds can fragment in a climate of paranoia and distrust.

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Trick or Treat
Quietly Yours

The scariest radio program ever broadcast on American airwaves.

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Hotel Lobby
Sailing Across a Room

The 75th anniversary of an overlooked Edward Hopper masterpiece.

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The Silver Screen as a Mirror
The Ox-Bow Incident at 75

William Wellman’s Western is unlike any other.

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D.J. Fontana performing with Sonny Burgess (Wikimedia Commons, Rockabillyvampire)
Elvis Watch
Give the Drummer His Due

The musical and cultural legacy of the late D.J. Fontana, rock-and-roll electrician.

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The Way of the Gun
American Crazy

Thoughts on Santa Fe, Texas, and a classic film noir for these times.

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Alexander Novati
The Imagination Police
Zombie Lit

Imagination policing in publishing is rapidly getting out of hand.

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Billboard
Music
The Eternal Otis

Revisiting the master of emotion and one of the greatest concerts of the soulful ‘60s.

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