October 20th, 2009

chronic rift

The Chronic Rift in Review: Is This Thing On?

Another review episode hits the not-really-airwaves today. First they Bring it to the Table: Andrea waxes rhapsodic about the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair Exhibits, Orenthal raves about the Batman/Superman: Public Enemies DVD movie, and John interviews Kristana Textor, co-organizer of the Doomsday Film Festival, opening in New York this coming weekend.

Then the reviews:

"A Case for Books": Andrea reviews Homer and Langley by E.L. Doctorow and recommends Ghosty Men by Franz Lidz and the television show, Hoarders.

"The Comics Curmudgeon": David is fed up with how much Amazing Spider-Man has gone off the rails.

"Couch Potato Salad": I review Stargate Universe, and also recommend The Venture Bros.

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Schott's Miscellany 19 October 2009

The State Department embargoed the shipment of all goods, except medicine and food, to Cuba (1960)


In 1929, the U.S. Children's Bureau (part of the Department of Labor) commissioned Ella Gardner to explore "the legal machinery with which communities are endeavoring to protect young people from the evils of the unregulated commercial dance hall." Gardner's report revealed that 28 states had laws on the operation of public dances, and analyzed ordinances from 416 U.S. cities. Most regulations controlled the licensing of dances; banned minors; prohibited the sale of alcohol; and demanded that dance halls be lit for decency. However, a Times article from the same year noted some of the more rococo rules: Kansas allowed no unescorted woman within the dance halls; Port Arthur, Texas, proscribed gyrations not approved by the National Association of Dancing Masters; no man was permitted to rigadoon with another in Muskegon, Wisconsin; at Lincoln, Nebraska, patrons were required to keep their bodies at least 6 inches apart at all times; and at Three Enid, Oklahoma, censors could halt a public dance at any time.

HOCHGEBOREN--high-born individuals
"Lisa was hardly hochgeboren; you could tell by her accent."
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