Steve Macek

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About me

Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Assistant Professor, Communication
Location Naperville, Illinois, United States
Introduction I teach and write about the media, popular culture and American cities. My current research focuses on film censorship and free speech struggles in Chicago.
Interests news and journalism, film studies, television studies, cultural studies, media policy, the media reform movement, left politics, social and political history, cities, urban planning, architecture, 19th and 20th century literature, Marxism, socialism, the labor movement, the anti-war movement, the New Left, anti-imperialism, feminism, anti-authoritarianism, etc., etc.
Favorite Movies Kuhle Wampe, Land and Freedom, Matawan, Breathless, Masculine/Feminine, and just about anything else by Godard, Shoot the Piano Player, Scarlet Street, M, Rosa Luxemburg, Pixote, Sunset Boulevard, Lady from Shanghai, Gilda, Touch of Evil, The Night of the Hunter, Taxi Driver, Vertigo, Walker, Sid and Nancy, Clockers, Roger and Me, Chinatown, the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder (especially Berlin Alexanderplatz), the early films of John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, etc.), Bladerunner, The Piano, Requiem for a Dream, Underground, Ratcatcher, Lilya 4-Ever
Favorite Music The Clash, Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Patti Smith, The Pretenders, The Dead Kennedys, Billy Bragg, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Jonathan Richman, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, P.J. Harvey, The Pogues, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Phil Ochs, Ani Difranco, Wilco, American Music Club, Mark Eitzel, The Mekons, Belle and Sebastian, Cousteau, The Klezmatics, Kurt Weil, Hanns Eisler, Lisa Germano, Tuxedomoon, Joy Division, New Order, k.d. lang...
Favorite Books War with the Newts, Great Apes, Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, As I Lay Dying, Running Dog, White Noise, Libra, quite a few novels by Philip K. Dick (especially, Man in the High Castle, Flow My Tears the Policeman Said, and, Time Out of Joint), the short fictions of, Jorge Luis Borges, the short stories of, Italo Calvino, The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, Mascara, Going Native, Motherless Brooklyn, and really, anything at all by, Jonathan Lethem, The Things They Carried, Against Nature, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Perfume, Beloved, Invisible Man, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Plague, The Trial, and really anything by, Kafka, The God of Small Things, Jews Without Money, The Iron Heel, Caesar's Column, Looking Backward, Lucky Jim, The Groves of Academe, Blue Angel, the collected short stories of, Flannery O'Connor, The Studs Lonigan Trilogy, anything by, Oscar Wilde, anything by, Bertolt Brecht, anything by, Mary Gaitskill, Woman on the Edge of Time, A Handmaid's Tale, the poetry of, A. E. Housman, W. H. Auden, Pablo Neruda, Shakespeare's sonnets, and on and on. The list keeps on growing. So many books, so little time.

You're wearing a sweater that stretches down to your feet. What color belt do you put on?

Dark Purple. Or Lime Green.