The Autumn Revolution

Some pictures from our 1989 Revolutions Colloquium promotion

The Revolutionary’s Workshop

Solidarność w/Yasir

Yasir disguised as a Budapešt Jew circa 1932

The colloquium organizer and great mentor Dr. Rebekah Klein-Pejšová

Our new friend Jay, one of Dr. RKP’s students

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

…that Paul’s Boutique was released on Capitol Records…

“Ah, yeah..ah, ah, yeah. There’s a girl over there…Ah, yeah..ah, ah, yea…With long brown hair…Ah, yeah…”

That’s right. So why don’t y’all just…?

It Was 20 Years Ago…Ok, Well Not Today, But…

I can’t believe I missed this one.

On May 1, 1989 The Cure released Distintegration. “Fascination Street” was the first single, but this one made fifteen year-old Chris feel that things with music were different than what I was used to.

“Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly…”:

It was 20 years ago today…

Tiananmen Square


Well, actually, May 4, 1989 was a major day of escalation in the Tiananmen Square protests. On that day 100,000 people gathered seeking greater press freedoms and a direct open dialogue with the communist government.


Contrary to popular belief, the protests were not about bringing down the government. Although often unfocused in their message, most of the student groups and others sought greater openness from the existing government and an implementation within that government of the democratic principles inherent in Marxist theory.

Little did they know that they were kicking off a process that would bring tanks down upon them on June 4th and inspire the people of Eastern Europe to throw off the governments imposed on them at the end of WWII.

I plan on chronicling the time points of that history—many of which make up my earliest civic-minded memories—in the weeks and months ahead. Stay tuned.

Execution by Yue Minjun (1995)

Execution by Yue Minjun (1995)