The Lone Reader turns his gaze to this series of essays and photos describing the fate of the lower Duwamish River, which empties into Elliott Bay in Seattle.
Early morning on Yaquina Bay, by daveincamas
Samantha "Sam" Power's memoir of her time as a close confidant to President Barack Obama in the realm of foreign affairs.
Music: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor "Death and the Maiden," by Franz Schubert, courtesy of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Reveals the hidden world of "nomads," financially strapped older people that live in vans and cheap RVs, driving where their work takes them.
Music: Darkdance, by Eric Kanold
Mr. Neutron gives the skinny on this early Lawrence, KS punk band, whose music is "somewhat repetitive, minimal, slow to develop, without much growth or direction. Vocals are stylistically odd and sparse. There is a sloppy feel to the whole endeavor. But it all works together brilliantly!"
A manifesto against the belief that older people are weak, drab, depressed, dimwitted clones of one another.
Music: Blues Jam 2011, by Steve Belong
Alan takes us on a social justice trip to Oakland, through the medium of two recent films: 2013's "Fruitvale Station" and 2018's "Blindspotting."
Music: Flatwound: A View Southward, by John Pazdan
What do Akron Ohio and Portland Oregon have in common? Why, iconic first-wave punk music. Mr. Neutron elucidates...
The story of the engineering of California's water supply. California leads the way, so they say. Unfortunately, as regards water, it seems to be leading us down a sinkhole.
Music: Supernal Liquid (Reign Water Remix)
At times funky, possible progenitors of post-punk, filled with the occasional outburst of bubbly pop music, Talking Heads brought a healthy arsenal of tools to their repertoire.
Garry Kasparov, one of the strongest world chess champions of all time, also grew into his prime during the rise of computer chess-playing programs. This is Kasparov's story of the evolution of these programs, including his 1997 loss to the IBM-funded Deep Blue, a dedicated chess-playing supercomputer able to analyze 200 million positions per second.
Music: Petak 13Friday13, by Tomo Sombolac
Savage aliens make the mistake of invading a London council block (low-income neighborhood), the turf of a group of street youths. Outer space meets inner city. A thinking man's action film, bursting with humor and satire. And aliens.
Demonstrating a praiseworthy diversity of styles from this fabulous album.
Mr. Neutron is Ron Averill of Everett Public Library (WA).
The Lone Reader follows food guru Michael Pollan's foray into feeding not your body but your head: Reviewing studies in which carefully controlled doses of psychedelics like LSD and Psilocybin are shown effective in treating certain types of mental illness.
Music: Beats, by Crooked Vision
Two films, 87 years apart, put the flutter in our ribcages.
The Lone Reader seeks relief for his tech-driven nightmares through reading a radically different world view: Native American religion, as interpreted by Indian writer Vine Deloria, Jr. It doesn't help.
Alan illuminates some underappreciated noir classics.