Month: February 2014

Ode To Joe: Joe Bageant, Duck Dynasty, and the American Hologram

JoeBageant1It’s been almost three years since Joe Bageant, one of America’s most unique, populist political voices, passed away rather suddenly from cancer. During his life he kept company with American folk heroes such as Hunter S. Thompson, Timothy Leary, and Alan Ginsberg, bartended on the same Indian reservation that author Sherman Alexie grew up on, and in his spare time became one of the preeminent gonzo journalists of his generation. Pretty impressive for a guy who grew up dirt-poor in Winchester, Virginia, dropped out of High School at sixteen to join the Navy, and never earned higher than a GED. (more…)