Our imagined community is myth that requires some strong juju. We collectively imagine what it “means” to be an American. The fact that we still care about our imagined identity means we haven’t given up on our joint project. We scrap and cuss and “resist” and “maga” because we all still care.
It may not be Carnegie Hall in New York City, or Royal Albert Hall in London, or Konzerthaus in Berlin, but for that moment-on that night-it could well have been symphony night at the Vienna State Opera with Mahler himself holding the door and Strauss serving as usher.
Happy Independence Day!
A mildly NSFW music video that, seriously, I cleared with Maribou before posting
There are places, well within the current confines of the metro area, to stash a lot of people. Here’s one.
Everything old is new again!
As he heads to Los Angeles, we re-present AdotSad’s piece comparing LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
Burt Likko makes an ambitious proposal.
Smoking, eating, vaping, and pinball.
The Shape of the Water isn’t among Guillermo del Toro’s subtler films
Sunday Brunch: Culture Quick Links on Music, Art, Thought, and People for your Sunday Enjoyment.
Retroactive is the ICYMI listing of all the great reading from the week that was.
This Week: contributors @OG_Jaybird @trumwill @AdotSad @scottjdavies01 @vikrambath1 @wvEsquiress @BurntOutCase @burtlikko and @four4thefire bring us their unique viewpoints on culture and politics.
Finally jumping into The Witcher 3.
NYT (1995): “Clinton Embraces a Proposal To Cut Immigration by a Third”
Linky Friday: Daily Routine “I began to realize how simple life could be if one had a regular routine to follow with fixed hours, a fixed salary, and very little original thinking to do.” – Roald Dahl
The Introvert Thing
A state may not require public employees to pay dues to a union if he or she does not wish to be a member, ruled a 5-4 SCOTUS today in Janus v. AFSCME, reversing a Seventh Circuit decision.
With all of the attention that we devote to girls and STEM, what about boys and reading?
Identity thieves and frauds and more.
A naturalized citizen takes a skeptical look at H1-B visas.
Cities are sometimes not what they seem to seem like.
The predictable split of the Court on this matter portends the inevitable split between the left and right leaning citizenry, as many decisions this term have done. With the strong, provocative rhetoric from our President which underlies the whole thing, it is hard to reconcile the two sides.
I felt so disappointed for my son in his inability to excel at baseball. I had simply concluded that he lacked talent, and that was that. Of course, I would cheer him on and encourage him as long as he was interested, but, I assumed, the writing was on the wall. I pigeonholed him as “not an athlete”, just like me. Knowing now that it is quite likely that his vision was at least partially to blame for his trouble is a humbling reminder: our kids are not just small versions of ourselves.
Slo-mo with a twist, synthetic brains, and more!
Where will the Era of Bad Feelings ultimately take us?
News, Views, & Fake News
Retroactive is the ICYMI listing of all the great reading from the week that was. With links and summaries of all the unique perspective, great writing, and diverse topics in culture and politics, Retroactive is your way of not missing anything from Ordinary Times. Read, share, and discuss.
A little short story that combines some Phillip K Dick with a little HP Lovecraft.
Gone for a while, but now Bach at it.
The Silver Ball
The Supreme Court of the United States this week ruled in favor of privacy in Carpenter v. United States, a case out of the sixth circuit involving the warrantless search of a defendant’s cell phone location records.
A deep dive into the great basketball question of our era.
The crushing cost of living in America is on the rise — both in reality and in the minds of disenchanted voters.
Soldiers & Spies
So if you are a small town in Washington state, how do you increase your population by 36% and your tax revenue two to five times that of other comparable sized municipalities? Economic magic? Nope; just be located close to the border and be thankful for Canadian Amazon shoppers flooding in for parcel pickup.