The Points Interview: Dominique Tobbell

Editor’s Note: We’re more than a quarter of the way to one hundred Points Interview features today!  We dry out from our recent spate of alcohol histories to pop a few pills with Dominique Tobbell, our twenty-sixth interview subject and author of Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War AmericaContinue reading “The Points Interview: Dominique Tobbell”

The Points Interview–Michael Reznicek

Editor’s Note: Today’s twenty-sixth installment of our author interview feature offers some compelling reporting from the trenches of the drug war, by Michael Reznicek.  Here, he discusses his recently published book, Blowing Smoke: Rethinking the War on Drugs Without Prohibition and Rehab (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). Though Blowing Smoke obviously focuses attention on contemporary policyContinue reading “The Points Interview–Michael Reznicek”

The Points Interview: Aaron Hoffman

Editor’s Note: The Points Interview series continues on its alcoholic binge, with a third consecutive glance at the world’s most notable psychoactive resource.  Our twenty-fifth distinguished author is  Aaron Hoffman, currently an Associate Professor of History at the Community College of Allegheny County (PA), and a recipient of a Ph.D. in History from the UniversityContinue reading “The Points Interview: Aaron Hoffman”

Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Four: The Literature of Lexington

Editor’s Note: Today, Points returns to Lexington once more, for another revisiting of the narcotic farm experience.  Luke Walden gives an overview of the memoirs and other literary accounts of the institution, written by various addict-prisoner-patients over the years.  Aspects of this literature will be well familiar to readers with more than a passing interestContinue reading “Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Four: The Literature of Lexington”

The Points Interview: Lee Willis

Editor’s Note: The Points Interview returns for the twenty-fourth time, once again examining a chapter out of the history of alcohol.  Today, we talk with Lee Willis, author of Southern Prohibition: Race, Reform, and Public Life in Middle Florida, 1821-1920 (University of Georgia Press, 2011).  Lee Willis is currently an assistant professor of history atContinue reading “The Points Interview: Lee Willis”

The Points Interview: James Simpson

Editor’s Note:  The Points Interview feature rolls on, as we awaken from our slumber to present the twenty-third outstanding book in the series.  Today’s post features James Simpson, author of Creating Wine: The Emergence of a World Industry, 1840-1914 (Princeton University Press, 2011).  Simpson is professor of economic history and institutions at the Carlos IIIContinue reading “The Points Interview: James Simpson”

Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Three: The Jenny Barn (continued)

Editor’s note: Today, we present the second half of Nancy’s Campbell’s “Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Three: The Jenny Barn.”  You can find the first half of this post here.  Part One and Part Two of the series make useful complements to today’s post! In addition to nutritious food, women at Narco lived onContinue reading “Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Three: The Jenny Barn (continued)”

Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Three: The Jenny Barn

Editor’s Note: Today, Points presents the third part in an ongoing consideration of the Lexington Narcotic Farm’s history and legacy.  Readers may wish to have a look at Part One and Part Two of the series, authored by JP Olsen.  Part Three, “The Jenny Barn,” comes from Contributing Editor Nancy Campbell, as a two-part post.Continue reading “Lessons of the Narcotic Farm, Part Three: The Jenny Barn”

Lessons From the Narcotic Farm, Part Two

Editor’s Note: Today, Points continues a series of reflections on the Lexington Narcotic Hospital, from Luke Walden, JP Olsen, and Nancy Campbell.  You can read the first post in the series here.  Walden is a documentary filmmaker, Olsen a journalist (and documentarian), and Campbell a historian (and Contributing Editor to Points).  Olsen brought Walden into the development ofContinue reading “Lessons From the Narcotic Farm, Part Two”

Overnight Reading: The Future of Academic Publishing

Here’s some overnight food for thought from Michael P. Taylor, research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol: “By any objective standard, academic publishing is a very strange business indeed. It became established at a time when all publishing was on paper, when duplication and delivery were demanding problems, andContinue reading “Overnight Reading: The Future of Academic Publishing”

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