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Fragments, Shored

The soils of the North Carolina Piedmont, where I live, are some of the oldest in the world. They were tuckered well before tobacco exhausted them, back when these low slopes and soggy bottoms were home to ginseng and giant sloths. (A sharp-eyed walker will still find occasional ginseng.) I just learned this fact, and…

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Marx Men?

Could we read Mad Men as Marxist? If we could, why would it matter? Of course, Mad Men does not consist of a single extended thesis about culture, let alone political economy. But through its very medium as televised fiction, and in its unprecedented investment in the ways that visual detail shapes story and character, the…