The Black Rock is a desert realm the size of Delaware about one hundred miles north of Reno, Nevada.
Shaped by water, wind, geothermal activity, and human interaction since ancient times, the desolate, haunting landscape nonetheless teems with life in forms that have endured for millennia.
In a brilliant duet, a photographer and a geographer explore this eloquent, enigmatic landscape that has been the focus of study and contemplation by scientists, explorers, naturalists, overland sojourners, and artists.
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Atomic Nevada: Deceptive is a scary word, especially with hesitation rising about government roles. Since the start of the Atomic Era in the mid-1940s, the state of Nevada has lived with more than its share of misdirection, with senior figures in the military, tame politicians, scientific boffins, dismissive journalists, and government officials routinely bowing before the nuclear genie. This book is for those interested in how and why manipulated language and imagery doled out by the atomic industry become parts of our lives.
Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert
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November 21, 2013: 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City, NV.
Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: The Black Rock (Desert), lecture and book signing by Peter Goin, Foundation Professor of Art in Photography and Videography at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Nevada State Museum
600 North Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4004
Admission: $8 for adults; free for museum members and children 17 and under. Doors open at 6 pm.
On Friday, December 7th at the Carson Valley Sertoma Club meeting Michon Mackedon will speak about her book Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert.
The weekly meetings are held on Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. at Sharkey’s Casino in the Rib Room.
On Thursday, December 20th at the Sparks Centennial Sunrise Rotary Club meeting Michon Mackedon will speak about her book Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert.
Meetings are weekly, Thursday morning, 7:00 a.m. at the Red Hawk Events Center in Wingfield Springs.
Michon Mackedon is scheduled to speak on August 14, 2012 at Rotary Club of Minden, Nevada meeting. Michon is the Author of Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert (2010).The Minden Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 12:00 PM, at the Carson Valley Inn – 1627 Hwy 395 N. – Minden, Nevada.Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert is a crucial linchpin in Atomic Revival studies. Michon Mackedon recounts Nevada’s relationship with the nuclear industry and a host of players including the Atomic Energy Commission, the Department of Energy, scientists, military men, and journalists. With “an awareness born of deceit” shared by other Nevadans, Mackedon considers the manipulated language and imagery doled out by the atomic industry to make the unsafe appear safe and the unthinkable, thinkable. This second book published by Black Rock Institute Press is an environmentally charged survey of nuclear culture in the “Silver State.” Augmented with “Atomic Pop” images of the nuclear era, this book is an ironic, dead-serious, no-holds barred post-mortem that lights up Nevada’s nuclear industry.
Mensa 2012 Annual Gathering in Reno, Nevada
PROGRAM NAME: Nuclear Propaganda in the American West
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Drawing on research undertaken while writing Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert, Mackedon will explore ways in which Orwellian imagery has been implemented by nuclear agencies and industries to marginalize populations living in the shadow of nuclear projects and to disguise the dangers of atomic testing and permanent high level nuclear waste disposal in the American West. The talk will be accompanied by slides of atomic testing and include descriptions of instances where specific propaganda tropes were and still are used to mollify or intimidate affected populations.
SPEAKER NAME(S): Michon Mackedon
MICHON MACKEDON: Michon Mackedon is professor emerita, English and humanities, Western Nevada College. For 22 years, she served as vice chairman of the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects. Her recently published book, Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert (Reno: Black Rock Institute Press, 2010) has won multiple awards, including the Foreword Review Book of the Year in Regional Non-fiction. Mackedon and her husband, Michael, live in Fallon, Nevada, where they raised their four children.
DATE: Thursday, 07/05/2012
START TIME: 10:30 AM
END TIME: 11:45 AM
Michon Mackedon, Author of Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert is scheduled to speak May 8th at the Yerington Lions Club.
Lions Club House
7 North West St.
Yerington NV 89447
Every Tuesday 7pm
Rotary of Yerington, Nevada
Dini’s Lucky Club
Tuesday @ 7:00 PM
Michon Mackedon, Author of Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert is scheduled to speak at the May 29th Rotary of Yerington meeting.
May 17, 2012
SCHEDULED SPEAKER: Michon Mackedon, author
SPEAKER’S TOPIC: Nuclear Testing History of Nevada
MEETING TIME AND LOCATION: Thursdays, 11:30-1:00 (meeting begins at noon), Crosswinds Church, 3015 Farm District Road, Fernley, Nevada