Category Archives: Culture

Across the Continent, Again

It has been years since I’ve traveled the great expanse of North America by car.  Normally, we fly from Los Angeles to Chicago and then drive around the Midwest.  But this year we are driving, and it’s great fun to … Continue reading

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Workers promoted to “supervising robots”

I ran across this piece on a new manufacturing robot branded as Baxter.  With it’s tablet screen face, the robot comes off as “benign, perhaps even disarmingly friendly,” according to the New York Times article, which doesn’t stray too far … Continue reading

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Archiving is not a spectator sport

Today we are celebrating the donation of the Justice for Janitors Papers to the UCLA Library.  The papers document the history of a remarkable union local, mostly recent immigrants, who took on some of the biggest corporations in the city–and … Continue reading

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The Demand for Demands Misses the Point

Now that the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon has achieved a level of respect from the mainstream media (by which I mean it’s no longer an object of knee-jerk ridicule), all the smart people are demanding that it shape up, identify … Continue reading

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Document: The Specter of the Robot

H. Dubreuil, Robots or Men?  A French Workman’s Experience in American Industry, translated by Frances and Mason Merrill (New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1930), pp. 182-184.  The author worked in several U.S. factories during 1927 and 1928, including the … Continue reading

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Polish with everything

Dateline Chicago, Huey’s Hot Dogs, Balmoral and Clark.  Love it.

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Back to the Heartland

With my adopted state in financial collapse, what better time for a tour of the Midwest?! It was a hell of a trip.  With an 8 AM departure, we decided to get a hotel at the airport last night.  You … Continue reading

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Fake news more informative than real news

In these days of newspaper bankruptcies, one frequently hears the complaint that the younger generation doesn’t read newspapers and is therefore less informed than their elders.  The other day I heard a laid-off journalist on NPR turning that last supposition … Continue reading

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This looks like fun

From the Newberry Library’s Bughouse Square Debates Blog: THE DIL PICKLE CLUB TO BE REVIVED AT THE ZEBRA LOUGE Radical “Chicago Renaissance” nightspot will be resurrected by editors of Lumpen and Stop Smiling, following the Newberry Library’s Bughouse Square Debates … Continue reading

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Tradition is Not Always a Good Thing

chiefbumpersticker.JPG Originally uploaded by Tobias Higbie. Tim beat me to the punch on this one, so go check out his post on History and Education. I don’t want to spill too much virtual ink over this so-called debate. Yes, I’m … Continue reading

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Marching Down Memory Lane

Matrimonio Para Todos Originally uploaded by Tobias Higbie. Just last night I was saying to Loretta that I was going to put Bughouse Square on semi-permanent hiatus. After all, I only get around to posting about once a month. I … Continue reading

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Great Spoken Word Audio

Via the AFL-CIO blog I found Writing from a Kindred Voice: The Workers Writing Project, and I highly recommend the audio section. In particular, check out the two by ex-steelworker Jeff Maines. “Appalachian Apologia” is about an older worker–a “hillbilly”–at … Continue reading

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