Things American: Yeah Science Breaking Bad!


Like many, many others, we dived into the k-hole that is breaking down Breaking Bad. What follows is a series of gchat conversations between Jess Stoner and Carmiel Banasky about the show, its fiction connections, and our obsession.

Things American: From Post-Black to Postmortem–The Tragic Death of Trayvon Martin


Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s acquittal are further proof that Obama’s two-term presidency and the spike in interracial marriage have not magically transformed America into some post-racial Shangri-la free of the demons of prejudice and discrimination. The country is post-black, as cultural critic Touré demonstrates in his book Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? Blacks, he […]

Things American: How Mad Men & Upstairs Downstairs Negotiate History


Every so often a show comes along that attempts to take stock of and reflect upon the moral predicaments of the last half century—serving as a reminder for how far we’ve come, or how far we have yet to go. The strength of Mad Men—one of many strengths—comes from the show’s use of history […]

Introducing “Things American”

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Introducing “Things American”: As you know, we’re fiction people. We’re American Short Fiction, after all. But Kurt Vonnegut warned: “Literature should not disappear up its own asshole, so to speak.” And, in truth, we’re also interested in the broader experience of what it is to be an “American”–that funny, fuzzy-edged word. Inspired by our determination to…not do what Vonnegut said, we’re introducing the “Things American” series […]

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