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July/August 2017

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Love and Haight: The 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love

By: Cable Neuhaus

In the brief span of a summer, an effervescent cultural revolution based on sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll was taking place in the tiny pocket of San Francisco known as Haight-Ashbury.  More

Joan Didion in a crowd

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

By: Joan Didion

In her transformative essay from 1967, Joan Didion takes a closer look at the dark side of the Haight-Ashbury counterculture during the Summer of Love.  More

The Supremes

Was the Pop Music of the 1960s the Most? Or Just a Mess?

By: Alfred G. Aronowitz

Pop music in the 1960s baffled many parents, who expected it to be a passing fad. In this 1967 article, Alfred Aronowitz explained how the rock music business was suffering growing pains but wasn’t going away.  More


The Psychedelic Poster Craze of the 1960s

By: Herbert Gold

In the 1960s, poster making took off as both an art form and a business as young people began using them for decoration – and the poster makers of San Francisco were happy to comply.  More

Truth as a Possibly Illegal and Addictive Substance

By: Gerard Van der Leun

This excerpt from Gerard Van der Leun’s “Ceremonies of the Horsemen” takes place in a universe where drugs are the currency, The Revolution is over (kids won!), and the coolest of cool behavior is to “go with the flow.”  More

‘Hell, No, We Won’t Go!’: Protesting the Vietnam Draft in 1968

By: Bill Davidson

Opposition to the Vietnam War triggered a magnitude of draft resistance not seen since the Civil War. In 1968, Bill Davidson examined the effects of the draft and the internal struggle of thousands of young men who were called to serve.  More

College students sit on the foot of a statue of Justice

Joe College Is Dead: The Root of Student Unrest in the 1960s

By: Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

College students in the 1960s were in many ways and for many reasons vastly different from the students of any previous generation.  More


Unhappy Doctors: The Problem of Physician Burnout

By: Nancy Stedman

The number of overworked, emotionally exhausted doctors has reached epidemic proportions. Fixing the problem is a matter of national importance.  More

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Rust: Photography Adventures in an Abandoned Steel Mill

By: Jonathan Waldman

Inside the hulking structure that was once the Bethlehem Steel Works, a photographer finds beauty in decay.  More

Rice farmer in a paddy

Searching for People — and Memories — in Vietnam

By: Jill K. Robinson

In modern Vietnam, memories of the war still linger.  More

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The Absence of Sound

By: N. West Moss

A quiet man who works at the New York Public Library contemplates the space created by absences, both recent and in the past.  More



Has Technology Become Addictive?

By: Adam Alter

The business of technology is the business of addiction.  More

American Pop

TV studio
Pundit School: How Talking Heads Learn to ‘TV’

By: Cable Neuhaus

Ever dream of being on television? Here’s where you go to learn how to sound like an expert.  More

Lighter Side

My Wife Wants a Japanese Bidet

By: Mark Orwoll

Plumbing is the glue that holds a marriage together.  More

My Word

The Bike Accident

By: Ken Budd

When a car struck a young biker, it produced a surprising melange of kindness, chaos, and serendipity.  More


6 Apps for Sky Gazers

By: Nicholas Gilmore

Explore the sky day and night with these six cosmic apps.  More


Top 10 Summer Reads for 2017

By: Amazon.com Editors

Every month, Amazon staffers sift through hundreds of new books searching for gems. Here’s what they chose especially for Post readers this summer.  More


Logophile Language Puzzlers: Jumpy, Limpid Uncle Dwight

By: Andy Hollandbeck

Do you love words? See how you do on our latest logophile quiz.  More


Reggie Smith
Celebrity Encounters: Reggie Smith, Pinch Hitter

By: Matty Simmons

Online on: August 22, 2017

In 1979, on a flight from LA to New York, I started a conversation with the man seated next to me. He asked me what I did for a living and I told him I was publisher of National Lampoon. “Wow!” he enthused, “I love the Lampoon!” “What do you do?” I asked. He told […]


Woman holding a sign
Contrariwise: You Are Not Blessed

By: Ed Dwyer

The word “blessed” is going the way of other words that have all but lost their unique meanings as a result of overuse and commercialization.  More

Your Health

5-Minute Fitness: Go Footloose!

By: Post Editors

Energize your feet and toes to move more and feel better with this easy top-of-foot stretch.  More

Your Health

Sleeping woman
4 Sly Sleep Tips

By: Post Editors

Online on: August 23, 2017

Drift into dreamland and wake up energized with these offbeat yet science-backed strategies.

Healthy Eating

Simply Summer Recipes from Curtis Stone

By: Curtis Stone

Take alfresco dining to the next level with light, must-try recipes from the celebrity chef and author Curtis Stone.  More


A Brief History of the Canoe

By: Mark Neuzil

From postwar ‘canoedling’ to unplugging from our smartphones, the elegantly simple and efficient conveyance takes us back to simpler days  More

The Vault

Gems from our Archive

From The Archive

Katharine Hepburn
Katherine Hepburn Storms Hollywood

By: Lupton A. Wilkinson

Katherine Hepburn didn’t easily assimilate into Hollywood, but she ultimately got what she wanted.  More

From The Archive

The Rude Pace of Life…in 1907

By: Post Editors

In the hustle and bustle of the last century’s turn, the editors noted the erosion of good manners  More

From The Archive

Vintage Advertising: Scare Tactics in the 1920s

By: Post Editors

Prudential ads from the 1920s used dismal scenes of destitute widows and orphans to sell life insurance.  More

The Post Goes to War

Man working in factory
Learning to Work the Night Shift During World War II

By: George Bijur

Online on: August 24, 2017

Factories were running around the clock to fulfill their defense contracts. The night shift took a toll on workers.

From The Archive

Censored man
Did We Say That?: Down with Free Speech

By: Post Editors

In wartime, the editors argued, this First Amendment right should be suppressed.  More

From The Archive

Man eating
Predictions: Can Diet Prevent Heart Attacks?

By: Alton L. Blakeslee

By the 1960s, research was already showing that the typical American diet increased the risk of heart attack.  More

The Rockwell Files

Can You Identify the 31 Jobs in Rockwell’s “Rosie to the Rescue”?

By: Post Editors

“Rosie to the Rescue” was Norman Rockwell’s World War II tribute to women for Labor Day 1943. Post editors counted 31 wartime occupations in the image.  More

Freeze Frame

When Wheat Turned the Streets into Gold

By: Post Editors

In 1958, the wheat harvest was so bountiful, they dumped millions of bushels in the streets.  More