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If you are reading this you either got here by mistake or you are terminally curious. So either hit the "back" button on your browser or read on for a brief contextualization of this corner of cyberspace.

Most of what is on this site is material on Chicago '68—the events in Chicago in August 1968 during the Democratic National Convention. I have a quasi-academic research interest in the history of radical movements in the 1960s and 70s. I would be grateful to hear from anyone who attended the National Conference for a New Politics, held in Chicago in early September 1967.

Every once in a while I review a book on USENET. Read a review of Fugitive Days: A Memoir by Bill Ayers. And a review of Rads: The 1970 Bombing of the Army Math Research Center at the University of Wisconsin and Its Aftermath.

Also read my fairly damning review of one of the early neo-Luddite books (sort of) about the internet, Sven Birkerts's The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age.

Currently I work in the marketing department at the University of Chicago Press. I am responsible for the public face of the Press on the WWW—the homepage, our subject catalogs, and the excerpts and features we have on our website—and the promotion of our books on the internet.

Here's the text of some presentations I've given on promoting and selling books on the web: [Austin presentation (1998)]   [DC presentation (1998)]   [Berkeley presentation (1999)]   [St. Louis presentation (2003)]

Dean Blobaum