Friends and Colleagues,
I've written hundreds of articles in my life, but I've never had as much fun as I did researching and writing (with my coauthor Jim Vrabel) this article about the history and politics of the "MTA" song (made famous by the Kingston Trio in 1959) about "a man named Charlie" who was stuck on the subway and forced to "ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston." The article, Banned in Red Scare Boston: The Forgotten Story of Charlie and the "MTA," was just published in the Spring 2008 issue of Dissent magazine. You can read the article on my website. The Spring issue, and our article, should be up on the Dissent website in a few weeks. If you're interested in political history, folk music, popular culture, the Cold War, the link between politics and culture, or just want to learn about these interesting people and events, I hope you'll take the time to read the article.