Author Archive: jasonboog

Internet Connected Toys

Before the holidays, I wrote an essay about Hello Barbie and Internet-connected toys for Salon. Check it out: “My stomach hurts when I think about some computer-stuffed doll replacing my role in her imaginary games. Every morning, I follow in my daughter’s wake during these epic play sessions, carried back to the imaginary places I […]

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May Swenson on the Sad Men Podcast

The third episode of the Sad Men Podcast is up, exploring the Great Depression writings of the great poet, May Swenson. Swenson worked for the Federal Writers Project, a radical piece of New Deal legislation that put hundreds of unemployed writers back to work creating city guidebooks, cultural essays, and oral histories in the mid 1930s. Swenson […]

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Sad Men Podcast: James Agee & Johanna Skibsrud

I just released a new episode of the Sad Men Podcast. This edition explores LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN, a Depression-era book by the great James Agee. Giller Prize-winning author Johanna Skibsrud joins us for the podcast, explaining how Agee’s work influenced her novel, QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME. I created this podcast, telling the stories […]

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The Spirit of 1934

I just published “Belabored Empires” in The Awl, an essay about how a ragtag group of journalists built the newspaper unions that still stand today. Here’s an excerpt: “In the darkest days of the Great Depression, Heywood Broun, a sportswriter more famous for his gambling exploits during the Roaring Twenties and for sneaking shots of gin […]

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Sad Men Podcast

I’ve started a new podcast project, telling the stories of how a generation of men and women writers survived the Great Depression. You can find the Sad Men Podcast for free at iTunes and at SoundCloud. My first episode ponders the bloody legacy of the great horror radio writer, Arch Oboler. It is a companion piece to my […]

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