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October 28, 2010 / scherstuhl

Break on through with your weekly Crap round up!

Good morning, world!

This week we’re talking breakthroughs — those society-shifting changes that are realized only after generations of build-up but then somehow become the norm within a lifetime or two.  Living in an age of breakthroughs means we must change with the times, and this week’s well-intentioned yet often alarming SiC finds purport to help Americans do just that.

First up, in the Pitch and the Village Voice, it’s “A Paycheck of Your Own,” an early ’70s picturebook guide to the workplace for women. Wriggling in the boss’s lap is encouraged; smoking extensively throughout the job interview is not. There’s also a host of goofy ’70s pics and tips guaranteed to amuse and unsettle!

That combination of amusing/unsettling is pretty common when dealing with the cultural history of a recent historical breakthrough: the reason the women’s movement or the civil rights movement were *movements*, after all, is that they faced much opposition from average folks. So, the books aimed at helping average folks deal with societal changes can’t help but amuse/upset: these books must articulate the changes that we in the future take for granted to an uncertain — or even hostile or terrified — audience.

That brings us to this week’s LA Weekly SiC: 1966’s “The First Book of American Negroes.”

Finally, the bus rants are back, but this time with neither a bus nor racial tensions . . .  and with a cameo appearance from a rock star!

Thanks for reading or whatever! Your clicks/comments/Tweets/Facebooks and the like have gotten me *this* close to solvency!

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