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  • The End of the Suburbs

    In her important book, The End of the Suburbs, Fortune magazine co-editor Leigh Gallagher sums up a phenom that we never...

    UncategorizedRonald SklarJanuary 5, 2014
  • Everything’s Coming Up Profits!

    We now have front-row-center seats to one of the great forgotten phenoms of 20th century culture: industrial musicals!

    UncategorizedRonald SklarNovember 27, 2013
  • Wonder of Wonders!

    The perfect match! How Fiddler on the Roof became a tradition.

    UncategorizedRonald SklarNovember 25, 2013
  • Dan Cortese in the Extreme

    When The Modern last fist-bumped Dan Cortese, he had expertly landed feet-first in gold.

    UncategorizedRonald SklarOctober 24, 2013
  • Swastika Nation: Can It Happen Again?

    Fritz Kuhn was no Cary Grant, but in the years leading up to World War II, he somehow garnered up enough...

    PastRonald SklarOctober 24, 2013
  • Contested Waters

    Americans’ long and sweaty love affair with municipal swimming pools is on the wane, but it’s left behind a sort of...

    PastRonald SklarOctober 20, 2013
  • Hail, Mary

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show quietly broke boundaries and, unlike most sitcoms that were on the prime-time schedule in 1970, was...

    UncategorizedRonald SklarOctober 20, 2013
  • Hey, kids, stay in school! Especially if it’s long-abandoned.

    When Northeast Philadelphia High School picked up and moved to a newer neighborhood in 1957, the staff wasn’t shitting around.

    PastRonald SklarOctober 7, 2013
  • Dr. Feelgood – Breaking Bad

    In their book, Dr. Feelgood, authors Richard “Rick” Lertzman and Dr. William Birnes shoot a serious lethal injection into our present-day...

    MedicineRonald SklarOctober 6, 2013
  • Phiwwy Elveess!

    What if Elvis Presley hadn't been born in a trailer in Mississippi? What if he was born in a trailer in...

    Channel OneRonald SklarSeptember 17, 2013