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Kapow! Zap! Splat! How Comics Make Sound On The Page

By Victor Araneda Jure/The Conversation

Typically, comics are considered a silent medium. But while they don't come with an aural soundtrack, comics have a unique grammar for sound.

From Wolverine's SNIKT! when unsheathing his claws, to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in The Death of Stalin (later made into a film) the use of "textual audio" invites comics readers to hear with their eyes.

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Posted on June 10, 2021

History Club

A People's History Of Thanksgiving

Where Is The Gold?
With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
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Posted on November 28, 2013
Chicago Blog Review

Chicago Blog Review: Fruit Slinger

A welcome blast of summer-friendly food porn on a daily basis.
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Posted on August 6, 2009


By Popkin/Boing Boing
Imagine Learning from Las Vegas as illustrated by Chris Ware.

Posted on June 1, 2021

The Disordered Cosmos

By Joshua Roebke/Undark
Prescod-Weinstein not only narrates her struggle to become a cosmologist, she advocates for all peoples whom physicists have undervalued. She praises the assistants and janitors, mostly people of color, whose labor permits theorists to ponder the universe daily, because "part of science is emptying the garbage."

Posted on May 27, 2021

Reassessing Mandela

By Colin Bundy and William Beinart/The Conversation
The suggestion that Mandela single-handedly achieved democracy is as intellectually threadbare as its mirror image: that he was responsible for the failure to transform social and economic relations after 1994.

Posted on May 12, 2021

Company C, 96th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

By SIU Press
Far removed from their native homelands, they found new promise in rural Illinois. These men, neighbors along the quiet Stateline Road in Lake County, decide to join the fighting at its most dangerous hour. The bonds of war become then the bonds of their new national identity.

Posted on May 6, 2021

Imagining What Alien Life Might Look Like

By Emily Cataneo/Undark
After all, aliens might be telekinetic, or all-knowing, or little green men with big heads, but why? Some outcomes are simply not likely, like a hyper-intelligent alien floating through the universe and philosophizing for no reason. Others are quite likely.

Posted on April 13, 2021

The Quest For Papa's Perfect Sentence

By David Rutter
Though the imitation was not deliberate, I took no solace. I knew it to be real. I could write better sentences as a fake Hemingway than I could write as the real me. That revelation was fearsome.

Posted on April 8, 2021

To Destroy White Supremacy, Interrogate The Canon

By Lorena German/The Hechinger Report
If we want to dismantle white supremacy in the imagination and work against the idea of Whiteness as property, we need to see how supremacist values have operated in our schools. Specifically, in canonical texts.

Posted on March 31, 2021

Southern Illinois' Snake Road

By SIU Press
"Snake Road is the only road in the world closed every year (from March 15 - May 15, and again from September 1 - October 30) for its biannual migration of snakes and other reptiles."

Posted on March 16, 2021

After Democracy

"What if there is something better out there, and technology can help us uncover a long-hidden path to it? We change and so does our technology, but we cling to past iterations of democracy like a dream we desperately try to remember after we wake up. Life is not static. Neither is democracy."

Posted on March 11, 2021

Dark Participation: When Journalists And Readers Engage

By Jacob L. Nelson/The Conversation
What's the point?

Posted on March 4, 2021

The Unintended Consequences Of Taming Nature

By John Schwartz/Undark
As she puts it, this is a book "about people trying to solve problems created by people trying to solve problems."

Posted on February 27, 2021

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