7 Articles by: Michael Grasso

Michael Grasso is a senior editor at We Are the Mutants, a web magazine that analyzes the pop and underground culture of the Cold War era.

Automation: Roll Out!

At the heart of the US-Japanese franchise Transformers is a tension between visions of robotics as liberation and as enslavement.


“Whip Inflation  Now”

As economic crisis grew in the 1970s, the government launched a sprawling campaign to enlist everyday Americans in a fight against inflation. But the last four decades have soured the public on such calls for self-sacrifice — and for good reason.


When Our Homes Went Miami Vice

As the Reagan era kicked into overdrive, Americans abandoned earthy and organic home decor to turn their residences into cold, sleek totems to upper-class aspiration.