A Catcher in the Pictish Wilderness

Most people are aware of Robert E. Howard through his character Conan the Cimmerian, even if they don't know the author's name. When I was young I dedicated myself to learning about the hidden recesses of popular culture, as a way out of the morass of public school and suburbia that surrounded me but was …

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Captain America’s Boise Tea Party

This is an updated version of a blog published earlier on Daily Kos and a talk given to the Anthropology Department Colloquium at Idaho State University. The truth is stranger (or at least uglier) than fiction. This is as true in the Intermountain West of Idaho and Utah as anywhere else. If you doubt it, see …

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Multimedia Barbarian – a video

https://youtu.be/EK3y9KsLAuY This is part 1 of 2 of a YouTube video about REH's Conan, that attempts to unpack the history of the character's meteoric rise in popular culture in the 1970s and 1980s. I'll post part 2 later after some editing. Part 2 is less of a love letter about the comics and the times, …

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