Chronicles Magazine Culture

  • Correspondence

    The New Race War

    Last September, 17-year-old Utah resident Aaron Chapman found himself caught in traffic outside Salt Lake City's Triad Amphitheater following a rock concert. Chapman's red flannel shirt attracted the attention of eight to ten Tongan Crip gang...

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  • Perspective

    Turn Out the Lights

    It must have been Sigmund Freud who observed that whenever a new technology appears it is applied almost immediately to some sexual purpose. The dirty old man of Vienna was thinking of such inventions as the photograph and the moving picture,...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    Elvis is Alive

    Elvis is alive at a museum in Wright, Missouri. When I drive by a sign reading "He lives!" in rural America, I often have difficulty telling whether it refers to Jesus or Elvis, but in Wright a huge billboard assures motorists on Interstate 70...

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    The Present Climate

    When Lorena Bobbitt startled her hubby one evening with a knife through his privates—vigorously severing an intimate part of their relationship—a lot of women apparently admired the, uh, statement Lorena made that night.

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  • Cultural Revolutions

    The Morrison Cult

    Jim Morrison would have been 50 years old last December 8, and as the world press reported, the rock star's final resting place, the Gothic Cimetière Père Lachaise in northern Paris has become a cult attraction for a new generation of young...

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