Exploring American Monsters: Virginia

 Jason Offutt The commonwealth of Virginia began in 1607 as the Colony of Virginia, the first permanent British settlement in the New World. It was also one of the original thirteen colonies to declare its independence from England. Virginia’s General Assembly is the oldest law-making group in the New World. Virginia was also the capital of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Virginia and Maryland donated…

The True Story of Pocahontas as NOT told by Disney

Most people are familiar with the story of Pocahontas – the Native American princess who fell in love with Englishman John Smith during the height of conflict between the English settlers and the indigenous people of the Americas. In 1995, Disney released an artistically beautiful animated film showing the supposed events that unfolded between John Smith and Pocahontas. Although Disney is known for creating fictional tales, many people believed that…

Mysterious CIA Sculpture Remains Untranslated

When Jim Sanborn unveiled his multimedia Kryptos sculpture in front of the CIA building in 1991, it attracted considerable media attention. In the United States, most of that attention centered on two annoying early-90s media clichés (“Gee, this thing the government purchased sure is expensive” and “Gee, this piece of contemporary art sure is abstract”)—but some of that coverage dug a little deeper to ask what the code in the…