Sean Howe

  • A Family Affair

    IN 1975, THE WASHINGTON POST interviewed JFK assassination researcher Harold Weisberg, who’d spent twelve years working eighteen-hour days to disprove the Warren Report. Sitting in the cluttered Maryland ranch house from which he self-published his findings, Weisberg confided a fear that history “might judge me a goddamn fool or Don Quixote.”

    Obsession and fear also torment author Tom O’Neill throughout the journalistic epic chronicled in Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties. What begins as a routine assignment for Premiere magazine—a thirtieth-anniversary

  • culture March 21, 2013

    Hopper: A Journey Into the American Dream by Tom Folsom

    "I was a beatnik, and then I was a hippie, and before that I was a bohemian," a sky-high Dennis Hopper confided to Merv Griffin on television one night in 1971, in a clip you can see on YouTube. On the opposite couch, Willie Mays uncomfortably refilled his glass of water and James Brolin sneered—Hopper certainly didn't belong to their worlds.

  • The Best American Comics Criticism

    The road to respectability has been a long one for comic books; in fact, it’s felt like the home stretch for ages now. Despite all the progress, there’s been nothing like a canon of comics criticism. A few criteria for inclusion would then be expected from a book titled The Best American Comics Criticism, but editor Ben Schwartz tosses these aside (there’s an apology that “several of our authors are not American” because “not many Americans actually want the job,” but there’s no explanation for including court-case documents, Q&As, and comic-book excerpts under the banner of criticism). His