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American Quarterly

Description:American Quarterly represents innovative interdisciplinary scholarship that engages with key issues in American Studies. The journal publishes essays that examine American societies and cultures, past and present, in global and local contexts. This includes work that contributes to our understanding of the United States in its diversity, its relations with its hemispheric neighbors, and its impact on world politics and culture. Through the publication of reviews of books, exhibitions, and diverse media, the journal seeks to make available the broad range of emergent approaches to American Studies.

Coverage: 1949-2012 (Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 64, No. 4)

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For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.

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ISSN: 00030678

EISSN: 10806490

Subjects: History, American Studies, History, Area Studies

Collections: Arts & Sciences I Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection

35 Great Articles and Essays about Art and Culture

The best writing about, art, film, TV and why we like the things we do


A One-man Art Market by Bryan Aappleyard

Andy Warhol is an art-world colossus whose work accounts for one-sixth of contemporary-art sales. How did that happen, and is he really worth it?

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur by William Deresiewicz

Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?

The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
by Jon Lackman

Thirty years ago, in the dead of night, a group of six Parisian teenagers pulled off what would prove to be a fateful theft from the French ministry of telecommunications...

Double Vision by Lawrence Weschler

Try this: Closing your right eye, gaze to the right with your left. Notice how your nose, looming huge, blocks a good part of the view in that direction...

Thinking in the Rain by Susan Orlean

An artist takes on the umbrella.

The Origami Lab by Susan Orlean

For centuries, origami patterns had at most thirty steps; now they can have hundreds and scientists have started applying its techniques to medical, electrical, optical, and nano-technical problems...

On the Market by Alice Gregory

It was obvious from my very first day that Sotheby's would be exactly as I had come to imagine it...

TV and Radio

Leaving Reality by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Where do you go after you leave the cast of The Real World? To a universe where your only job is to be young and famous and keep the party jumpin'. Or to a tiny hell of endless exploitation.

Peyton's Place by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Practically every day, cars stop in front of our house and people get out to take pictures of it, and of us--me and my wife and daughter--if we happen to be outside...

If You See It, Is It Real? by Chuck Klosterman

I have always wondered this: Why am I able to see any random television program, often for less than ten seconds, and immediately recognize which network the show is airing on?

Dead Man Laughing by Zadie Smith

My father had few enthusiasms, but he loved comedy.

Host by David Foster Wallace

Before him stands a Shure-brand broadcast microphone sheathed in a gray foam filtration sock to soften popped p's and hissed sibilants. It is into this microphone that the host speaks...


Why Music? by The Economist

Biologists are addressing one of humanity's strangest attributes, its all-singing, all- dancing culture

One More Time by Elizabeth Margulis

Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains

The Shazam Effect by Derek Thompson

Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits. This has been good for business -- but is it bad for music?

Inside The Playlist Factory by Reggie Ugwu

At the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley, small teams of anonymous, hardcore music fans race to solve the record industry's toughest problem


FX Porn by David Foster Wallace

The inverse relationship between the amount of special effects in a film and the quality of its story

Flick Chicks by Mindy Kaling

A guide to women in the movies

Addicted to Speed by James Gleick

No matter how fast a movie goes these days, it is not fast enough


Exit Through The Gift Shop

How street art crossed over

Style Wars

The original 1983 hip hop culture documentary


A Remix Manifesto

Everything Is A Remix

The central role of copying in creative endeavours

The Antics Roadshow

Travelling the world to meet some leading contemporary pranksters

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The Trendspotting Generation by Daniel Radosh

Lately there is a vague sense that more and more people seem to be doing or thinking or buying something or other that might possibly reflect the mood or psyche or spirit of the nation as a whole

Middlebrow by Devin Friedman

"Hi, my name is Devin Friedman, and I like Sting. And yes, I'm wearing J.Crew. And I could really go for a Chipotle burrito. I'm middlebrow. Admit it. So are you."

That's Not Funny! by Caitlin Flanagan

Today's college students can't seem to take a joke

You Say You Want a Devolution? by Kurt Andersen

Even as technological and scientific leaps have continued to revolutionize life, popular style has been stuck on repeat, consuming the past instead of creating the new

Welcome to Airspace by Kyle Chayka

How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world

Death by Harry Potter by Chuck Klosterman

Ignoring a cultural phenomenon today may render you completely irrelevant in a few years. Just so you know

The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To Miss Almost Everything by Linda Holmes

The vast majority of the world's books, music, films, television and art, you will never see

Real Genius by Chuck Klosterman

An introduction to the highly advanced theory of Advancement, an entirely new way to appreciate Sting, Val Kilmer, C-Murder, and other profound artists.

Nostalgia on Repeat by Chuck Klosterman

Why do we feel nostalgia? And are infinite entertainment choices changing the way we look back?

Online Culture

The Faux-Vintage Photo by Nathan Jurgenson

How social media increasingly force us to view our present as always a potential documented past

Important Kitty Litter Questions Answered by Paul Ford

It is a kind of clay and it is directly responsible for Internet culture

The American Room by Paul Ford

Behind the nation's closed doors, with YouTube

The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

Forget squeezing millions from a few megahits at the top of the charts. The future of entertainment is in the millions of niche markets at the shallow end of the bitstream

Streaming Dreams by John Seabrook

On TV, airtime is a scarce resource; on YouTube, it's infinite


Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klostermann

A Low Culture Manifesto.

Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler

An amazing reflection on the role of the museum.


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