Listen to “‘The Panic in Needle Park’ with Harrison Blackman” on the ‘Film at Fifty’ podcast

It was great to be a guest once more on the Film at Fifty podcast, this time discussing the 1971 film The Panic in Needle Park, a performance which launched Al Pacino’s career and netted him the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather.

You can listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts! Thanks for listening!

Read “Shariff Korver’s ‘Do Not Hesitate’ (2021)” in The Brooklyn Rail

Check out my review of Shariff Korver’s new film, Do Not Hesitate, as part of The Brooklyn Rail’s 2021 Tribeca Film Festival coverage.

The Dutch-language film explores the international dimensions of the War on Terror, particularly regarding the allied coalition in Afghanistan. The subject is especially relevant given the US military’s contemporary withdrawal from the nation.

Read the essay here to learn more about this war film that also serves as a psychological thriller and a complex character study that explores the trauma of Dutch soldiers given their tenuous relationship with the local population.

Read “Paul Revere Williams, Versatile Architect of Tomorrow” in Nevada Humanities

Thrilled to publish a short piece in Nevada Humanities on one of the most influential figures in American architectural history: Paul Revere Williams, the first African American architect in the American Institute of Architects, one of the designers of LAX and thousands of buildings across California and Nevada. Read the article here.

Paul Revere Williams’s legacy in Nevada will be further explored in an exhibition from the Nevada Museum of Art scheduled for next year.

Photo Credit: Cartoon of Paul Revere Williams. (Drawing by Charles Alston, 1943, Public Domain, USA).

Read “‘Neon in Nevada’ and the virtual preservation of Nevada’s fabulous historic signs” in The Usonian

In this week’s issue of The Usonian, I’m excited to bring you a post about Neon in Nevada, a new initiative of the UNR and UNLV libraries to create a digital database of Nevada’s historic neon signs, which are rapidly disappearing.

This is the first edition of The Usonian’s new series, “Urban Feature,” about architecture and design.

Check out the Neon in Nevada post here. To read back issues of The Usonian, go to the newsletter’s homepage. Don’t forget to subscribe!

(Photo by Chelsea S. Miller, used with permission from Neon in Nevada).

Read “A Conversation with Writer, Editor, and Literary Translator Aaron Robertson” in The Usonian

In this week’s Usonian newsletter, I’m thrilled to present an interview with writer, editor, and literary translator Aaron Robertson.

We talked about translating Igiaba Scego’s novel “Beyond Babylon” from the Italian, his influences from John McPhee to Spider-Man, and his next book, “The Black Utopians.”

Check out the interview here.