The Wire at Ten: Stanley Corkin, Drugs and The Ecology of the Ghetto

Editor’s Note: Following up on Sergio Campos’s meditation on the narrative manifestations of “subordination” in HBO’s The Wire, Points today welcomes Stanley Corkin of the University of Cincinnati’s English Department.  Recipient of a PhD in American Studies from NYU in the days before that school was fashionable (full disclosure: I was an undergraduate there atContinue reading “The Wire at Ten: Stanley Corkin, Drugs and The Ecology of the Ghetto”

The Wire at Ten: Sergio Campos, “Lambs to the Slaughter Here”

Editor’s Note: Last week in this space, guest blogger Carlo Rotella positioned The Wire in the history of the televisual crime drama, an evolution in narrative form that he argued reflects changing police practices and attitudes towards crime.  In this week’s installment of “The Wire at Ten,” Points welcomes Sergio Campos, Associate Professor of lawContinue reading “The Wire at Ten: Sergio Campos, “Lambs to the Slaughter Here””

The Wire at Ten: Carlo Rotella, “The Case Against ‘Kojak Liberalism'”

Editor’s Note: The first guest blogger in our series “The Wire at Ten” is Carlo Rotella, noted scholar, public intellectual, playground point guard, and, not incidentally, Director of American Studies at Boston College.  (Full disclosure: he was a couple years ahead of me in graduate school.) A regular contributor to the New York Times MagazineContinue reading “The Wire at Ten: Carlo Rotella, “The Case Against ‘Kojak Liberalism’””

Points Forward: Kevin Kaufmann, “‘Rigorous Honesty’: A Cultural History of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1930-1960”

Editor’s Note: Today “Points Forward,” our recurring feature showcasing recent dissertations in alcohol and drugs history, welcomes Kevin Kaufmann, who recently completed “‘Rigorous Honesty’: A Cultural History of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1930-1960” in the History Department of Loyola University, Chicago, under the direction of Lewis Erenberg.  Dr. Kaufmann is currently a Pre-Health Advisor at Loyola University;Continue reading “Points Forward: Kevin Kaufmann, “‘Rigorous Honesty’: A Cultural History of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1930-1960””

Points Blog Seeks Managing Editor

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, seeks a new managing editor for a two-year term beginning January 2013.  This person will join Eoin Cannon of the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University at the blog’s helm; the co-managing editors, in collaboration with the glowing roster of ContributingContinue reading “Points Blog Seeks Managing Editor”

Documents: W.O.M.A.N.: “The Women’s Organization to ‘Mash’ Alcoholism and Narcotics” (1973)

Points readers who have been following my attempts– in diatribes, documents, and interviews— to map out a history of feminist responses (and non-responses) to addiction will be interested in the document transcribed below.  A tri-fold pamphlet from 1973 describing the work of W.O.M.A.N.– “the Women’s Organization to ‘Mash’ Alcoholism and Narcotics”–a grassroots organization located inContinue reading “Documents: W.O.M.A.N.: “The Women’s Organization to ‘Mash’ Alcoholism and Narcotics” (1973)”

Announcements: New Managing Editor, Points Blog, Seeks Same

Points: The Blog of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, seeks a new managing editor for a two-year term beginning January 2013.  This person will join Eoin Cannon of the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University at the blog’s helm; the co-managing editors, in collaboration with the glowing roster of ContributingContinue reading “Announcements: New Managing Editor, Points Blog, Seeks Same”

Tami Taylor is my Imaginary Friend, or Adventures in Codependent Television Viewing

Editor’s Note: in this final post, guest blogger Anne Moore goes “downmarket”– leaving behind the 19th-century novel and the “quality” TV drama to talk about the feminized form of the soap opera and its codependent female fans. In my last two posts, I spent a lot of time thinking through the relationship between narrative closureContinue reading “Tami Taylor is my Imaginary Friend, or Adventures in Codependent Television Viewing”

The Points (Somewhat Grudging) Endorsement: Obama for President

Remember 2008? So much seemed possible then. Farewell, the reformed drunkard frat boy Bush; hail, the hipster Obama, a man who could admit to having enjoyed getting high even as he recognized its dangers and grasped the ethical and political complexity of the global drug supply chain. Four years later, with plenty of wry head-shaking,Continue reading “The Points (Somewhat Grudging) Endorsement: Obama for President”

“All in the Game”: Good Police and Narrative Recovery in The Wire.

Editor’s Note: Last week, in the first installment of her series on the formal qualities of narrative and addiction, guest blogger Anne Moore talked about how both literary and psychotropic engagements invite us to the pleasures– and terrors– of delaying closure. Her example was Wilkie Collins’ 1868 novel The Moonstone.  Today she fast forwards aboutContinue reading ““All in the Game”: Good Police and Narrative Recovery in The Wire.”

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