Mr. Neutron analyzes the psychedelic roadtrip, fuzz, reverb, and patchouli served up by Seattle's own Night Beats.
chord fragments: "Something's Missing," by Brett Edmonds. Courtesy of Internet Archive.
Cambridge historian Mary Beard takes a fresh look at the origin and decline of the Roman Empire.
Music: "The Lyre of Orpheus" by Jerald Franklin Archer.
Alan Jacobson plumbs Andrew Haigh's unsung, underseen 2015 masterpiece.
They're young, they're fresh, they're huge in Spain! Hear fuzz, psychedelia, hooks courtesy of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Yardbird guitar solos, and a trip to the garage circa 1966.
Jim Loomis gives a soup to nuts guide to passenger train travel in North America.
Music: Railroad Blues, by the Yerkes Southern Five
A "youthquake" of a road movie: Homeless teens party, explore America, and sell magazines.
Additional music: "Beats," by Crooked Vision, courtesy of Internet Archive.
Mr. Neutron surveys the Country/Power Pop/Cuddle-Core output of our own Neko Case.
Mr. Neutron theme music by Ron Averill.
The 1980 eruption of Washington State's Mount St. Helens, through a human lens.
Music: Praludium, by Carl Nielsen. Sir James Galway, Carion Quintet, CC-BY-SA 2.0
Master director Sidney Lumet's 1970s New York City life drama, crime caper, and anti-establishment social statement, all rolled into one exhilarating package.
Mr. Neutron provides a snapshot of a truly dynamic era in Everett music.
Percy Wollaston's Homesteading tells the devastating story of Eastern Montana homesteaders of the early 20th century, most of whom lost everything in proving that dry-land farming techniques of the time did not work.
Music: "Pastures of Plenty," by Woody Guthrie. Public Domain. Courtesy of Internet Archive.
Alan Jacobson gives "The Treatment" to 2015's near-future apocalyptic film Into the Forest, with Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood. A dark tale set in the dark woods.
Seattle-area instrumental music of the fifties and sixties is the focus of Mr. Neutron's latest foray.
The Lone Reader looks at Dayo Olopade's account of how Africans succeed despite oft-broken social, governmental, and economic systems.
Music: Public domain Kenyan tune
Mr. Neutron looks at the Mods latest, English Tapas, a strange, innovative work, a slightly warped version of music we've heard before.
Starring Claudette Colbert, who appeared in two other Oscar-nominated films in 1939. The script for Midnight was written by Billy Wilder, early in his career. He later wrote and/or directed such masterpieces as Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, and Some Like It Hot.
Seattle free-lance writer Neiwert looks at the roots of the radical right and its effects on mainstream politics.
Music: "Mars", by Gustav Holst
US Air Force Band, public domain
Alan Jacobson treats Hitchcock's overlooked masterpiece Foreign Correspondent.
Sheriff Walt Longmire tracks a murderer whose weapon of choice is an archaic buffalo rifle.
Craig Johnson is 2018's "Everett Reads" author. Everett Reads is an annual celebration of authors, books, and reading.
Music: "Country Cookin'" by Fender Guitar Player.
Featuring Jason Webley and Oliver Elf Army.
Sound effect: 70043_juskiddink_sci-fi-2, from freesound.org
Image of Jason Webley performing in Gdynia, Poland, courtesy of Blueye, via Wikimedia Commons
A sourdough bread starter invades the sterile world of a San Francisco computer programmer and becomes a high-level asset coveted by thieves and parasites. A cutting-edge read.
Music is "Evoked Potentials," by Cage Cabarrett. Used under CC-BY-NC-SA license
Courtesy of Internet Archive
An obscure but skillful 1948 noir, directed by Budd Boetticher, more widely known for his compelling B-Westerns.
Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill of Everett Public Library, Washington.
The unimaginable story of legendary Harborview Hospital in Seattle, Northwest regional trauma center and medical facility of last resort.
Music: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, by Ludwig van Beethoven. Used under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 HK
The three Roberts (Ryan, Mitchum, and Young) star in a shadowy noir think piece about murder and bigotry.