Now spinning in his grave: John Peter Zenger

Just a short note from me today to let you know that Issue #8 of The American Bystander, the print humor magazine quixotically edited and published by Michael Gerber, dropped a few weeks ago, featuring (as usual) excellent work from various alumni of National Lampoon, Spy, SNL, and The New Yorker. You can snag a […]

American humor, American blues

When it came to music, Mark Twain professed to enjoy only two kinds: the songs of American minstrelsy and the proto-ragtime compositions and performances by pianists like Blind John Boone and Blind Tom Wiggins, about whom Twain wrote a lengthy appreciation for the Alta California in 1869. Along with evincing a proto-ragtime performance style, Blind […]