Author Event at Barnes & Noble in Reno, 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. Please join us today and meet the author. This is a beautiful book with striking photos!
Saturday November 26, 2011 2:00 PM
Black Rock Institute is pleased to announce that Bombast Spinning Atoms in the Desert has been chosen as the winner of the Indie Excellence® Awards 2011 in the category Regional-Non-Fiction. And a silver award from the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category West-Mountain – Best Regional Non-Fiction.
Precipitate – Journal of the New Environmental Imagination
David Stentiford teaches developmental writing at the University of Nevada, Reno.
To spin the atom in the Nevada desert, explains Michon Mackedon—to get people on board with nuclear testing and repository sites—is much more than a scientific endeavor: it’s an art that requires data, predictions, and places to be stitched together with just the right influential language. Part commentary, part rhetorical analysis, “Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert” tells the story of nuclear events related to the Nevada Test Site and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The book also explores terrain beyond the NTS to analyze language, cultural artifacts, and other nuclear events that contextualize Nevada’s role as the nation’s principal atomic weapons testing site and, at one point, the potential repository for the country’s high-level radioactive waste. Mackedon, who for twenty years served as a member and vice chairman for the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects, tells us how the Nevada Test Site (NTS) and Yucca Mountain were promoted through clever “imagery, euphemism, and promotional rhetoric” that emphasized the naturalness of radiation, touted the clean safety records of tests, characterized the desert as a wasteland, and leveraged the language of “sound science” to achieve questionable ends. This “sound science,” the book argues, masked political interests, and aesthetic and sociological assumptions about Nevada.
Thinking Aloud with Author Michon Mackedon
Michon Mackedon, retired professor of English and Humanities at Western Nevada Community College, talks about her recent book, Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert, about the history of nuclear testing in Nevada.
—Original airdate: 2/7/2011 on BYU Thinking Aloud
Red Rocks of Nevada Smudged by Less Colorful Graffiti – NYTimes.com
Nevada Rock Art, the spectacular book published by Peter Goin, under the auspices of the Black Rock Institute Press, includes a chapter by BLM Archeologist and rock art specialist, Mark Boatwright, who is featured in the 06 January 2011 issue of the New York Times. Mark is interviewed there about the abject vandalism of rock art features in the Red Rock Canyon area, near Las Vegas, which falls under BLM jurisdiction. His chapter in NRA looks at similar themes: vandals modifying and ultimately destroying a long legacy of inscriptions on the land.
From the Nevada Appeal, Sunday, October 10, 2010: According to Western Nevada College Emeritus English Professor Michon Mackedon,“If you place on a map of Nevada ‘X’s to mark areas used for nuclear testing and ‘O’s to mark areas examined as potential nuclear sites, you end up with a tic-tac-toe game board in the shape of the Silver State.”
Fallon author Michon Mackedon will sign copies of her recently released book “Bombast: Spinning Atoms in the Desert” in Fallon, NV.
She will launch her Nevada book tour on Sept. 28 with a 7:30 presentation at the Churchill County Museum at 1050 S. Maine St.
“The book has been called a “linchpin for Atomic Revival studies.”
New York writer Dennis Smith, author of “Report From Ground Zero” and “San Francisco is Burning,” said Mackedon conveys the style of John McPhee’s classical New Yorker pieces.
He added “in a fluid seamless, and compelling narration (Mackedon) goes on to tell a very full story of Nevada’s history of nuclear testing, nuclear waste storage, patriotic controversies, political posturing in cahoots with the p.r. men in gray flanned suits, radiation poisonings, and Orwellian inventions meant as much to deceive as to convince … If you are moved by exceptional writing, then you will love this book.”” Published in the online Lahontan Valley News. lahontanvalleynews.com
This lecture/conversation also sponsored by Nevada Humanities.
Join us Thursday, September 16th at Sundance Bookstore for a book signing with Michon Mackedon, author of Bombast Spinning Atoms in the Desert.
Bombast represents a crucial linchpin in Atomic Revival studies, including many novel sources and a gallery of “Atomic Pop” by Peter Goin.