I’ve been thinking a lot about the Cold War since the Russian invasion of Crimea. December 1985 seems like an absolute lifetime ago. What were you doing then?
In the spring of 1993, thousands of people of all ages held hands and formed a circle around Tinker Air Force Base. They gathered outside the fence wearing T-shirts that said SAVE TINKER and waved flags and held signs. In just a few days they would discover Tinker’s fate when the Base Realignment and Closure […]
USSR, Soviet Nostalgia On The Rise In 1988, while shopping at the old outlet mall on Northwest Expressway and Council Road in Oklahoma City, I had the good fortune of running into a group of college students from the Soviet Union. They were Gen Xers just like me, and after years and fears of the […]
Discover 10 protest songs from the 1980s from 99 Luftballoons by Nena to Bastards of Young by The Replacements. “We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.” — Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis Today, promises to become a historic placard […]
“Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t […]
1985 USSR, originally uploaded by Roman on flickr. What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” — From Fyodor Dostoevsky and The Brothers Karamazov Fall of the Soviet Union I’ve been meaning to write about the 20th anniversary of the fall of Soviet Union, which the New York […]
Many Gen Xers who grew up with the Cold War banked on the hope of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika and Glasnost. Now, The Guardian has a special treat for us. Mikhail Gorbachev is featured in an interview in which he talks candidly about his regrets; dislike of Yeltsin and lack of support for decisions Putin has […]