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Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science
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"For MG Lord, it's curvaceous, charismatic icons of femininity that hold her imagination hostage...What Lord did for Barbie, she now does for La Liz in 'The Accidental Feminist'...Lord takes her readers on a chronological journey through the actress's signal performances, analyzing each film with a theory scholar's eye for telling detail, brightened with bloggerly brio, emotion, and use of the first person...When watching her significant films in succession, you see that, as Lord maintains, each serves as a cinematic Rorschach of social changes percolating through postwar society, in which Taylor stars as the protean blot...With 'The Accidental Feminist,' MG Lord makes the intriguing case that for Elizabeth Taylor, too much as never enough--not for the woman, not for the actress and not for the society that produced the theater of her life." The New York Times
With Shannon Halwes, Lord is also co-writing the libretto for composer Laura Karpman's "One-Ten," an opera commissioned by the L. A. Opera about the 110 Freeway on its 70th anniversary. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and that paper's Arts & Leisure section, and her work has also appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Discover, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. A graduate of Yale, Lord was for twelve years a syndicated political cartoonist and columnist based at Newsday. She teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.
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The first theme that Lord illuminates is the systematic and selective writing of the history of spaceflight.Read more ›
The New Yorker cartoon quoted in "Astro Turf" so aptly describes how it felt to have a father working in the Southern California-based space program in the Mercury-through-Apollo era. Our dads, whatever it was that they did at North American Aviation or Rockwell or Hughes or wherever, was probably akin to having a dad (or a mom) working behind the scenes in Hollywood. They were not stars or astronauts, but they were working on something famous. And it was much more fun having your dad working on a moon mission than on missiles. At least they could talk to you about the moon.
M.G. Lord's book is the first I've read dealing with the "mid-century" experience of the Space Age kid and our sometimes emotionally challenged, distant engineer dads. Her personal search for what her dad was all about, where did he go and what was he doing when he disappeared into consulting at JPL, is a very touching piece of detective work.
Her observations about JPL and rocket science history and culture are keen and funny. She presents an excellent history of the McCarthy era's impact on some of the luminaries of early space exploration. In particular, she delves into the experiences of women engineers and scientists then and now; these are both painful and heartening stories.
This is a beautifully personal view of the space engineering world, and the men and women who attempt, and sometimes succeed, at accomplishing great missions of exploration.
To some extent it seems to be a history of Lord's own attempts to understand her father's work. I'm really puzzled why she still believes in the last chapter that her father's work on Mariner 69 was somehow "slight" or unimportant. As an engineer who has worked on scientific spacecraft for NASA, I can say with confidence that to have a contractor with the title of "cognizant engineer for mechanical devices" indicates that this contractor, her father, was very well respected and had a very important position. Lord does not seem to appreciate how incredibly difficult it is to get any mechanical apparatus to operate reliably in the cold vacuum of space. Her petulant insistance that her father's role was less important than he made it out to be indicates that she really hasn't understood the culture of JPL yet.
In several sections Lord seems to be attempting to write a history of gender descrimination within engineering. The "Men and Missiles" pamphlet is hilarious, and Ms.Read more ›
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"I had long wanted to read this book as I have enjoyed Lord's appearances over the years as both panelist and moderator at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven Paul Leiva
The book starts nicely, with the author visiting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and interviewing those who worked with her father (a JPL engineer). Read morePublished 17 months ago by A Forest Fan
For those of us who witnessed space exploration through those periodic NASA broadcasts in the 1960's through the present time, this is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Swift 37
MG Lord's poignant and powerful account of adolescence in 1960's Southern California transcends the all-too-prevalent coming-of-age- amidst-dysfunction memoirs that have gummed up... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David Kukoff
Lord presents a fascinating read about the early years at JPL. The back stories of the men in the early development of the space program as well as the period's Cold War paranoia... Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by C. Martinez
Satan worshipers, left-over Nazis, kooky dreamers , communist sympathizers, war mongers and male chauvinist pigs - that's who the Founding Fathers of the U.S. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by Ken Korczak
This is an example of an author attempting to force his/her agenda on others. The book is unfocused, un-disciplined, poorly researched, filled with personal opinions (many of which... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Gilbert Huey
I was disappointed with this book. It seems like a missed opportunity for an overview of all that is JPL - the people and the missions regardless if they were successful or... Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by Gary Milgrom
I just finished reading this and found it excellent. It is a rare combination of personal confidences and understanding of a professional culture. Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by David Isenberg