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Links tagged with “america”

  1. American-on-American Action Abroad: Sorry For Travel Writing At You

    “Watching two British people run into one another in America is a wholly different type of delight, like watching two grifters trying to run the same scam in a small town instantly clock one another and freeze during a game of high-stakes poker.”

  2. America, My New-Found-Land by Tony Judt | The New York Review of Books

    I enjoyed this piece on how alluring America is to a European.

  3. The Revision Thing | The Texas Tribune

    A fascinating view of what the Texas State Board of Education (which effectively determines what children across the US study) changed in the US History standards.

  4. A Great Conservationist, by Jingo - The New York Review of Books

    Enjoyed this about Theodore Roosevelt. I didn’t know he was so involved with creating national parks etc. Subscribers only.

  5. Final edition: Twilight of the American newspaper—By Richard Rodriguez (Harper’s Magazine)

    Lovely article that is more a reminiscence of a lost San Francisco and childhood than it is another “we must save newspapers” plea.

  6. Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right -

    interesting article on the “Tea Party” Right in America. Also scary. Hadn’t realised how much they had in common with crazy paranoid Patriots.

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    That’s quite good. Off of 4chan.

  8. Photos of my models

    Amazing photos… of *models*… keep watching until you see the little models to scale. (via The Online Photographer)

  9. New York Review of Ideas

    Looks like rather a nice new online journal thing, marred only by having its articles split over several pages. Maddening. (via Kottke)

  10. Barack Obama: How He Did It | Newsweek Politics: Campaign 2008 |

    A series of seven articles about the campaigns. Worth a long read. (via Kottke)

  11. Income Gap and Marginal Tax Rate 1917-2006 at Visualizing Economics

    Ouch. Difference in income for rich and poor in the US over the past century, compared to the tax rate.

  12. Times Higher Education - All the privileged must have prizes

    About teaching at Harvard and the sense of entitlement the kids there have. (via Kottke)

  13. The American Scholar - The Disadvantages of an Elite Education - By William Deresiewicz

    Great measured rant about what Ivy League educated kids are missing out on. (via Kottke)

  14. “You Don’t Understand Our Audience” by John Hockenberry

    “…a series of lessons I learned about how television news had lost its most basic journalistic instincts in its search for the audience-driven sweet spot, the ‘emotional center’ of the American people.” (via Oblinks)

  15. Soundtrack To War

    Good 90 minute documentary on what music US troops in Iraq, and Iraqis, listen to and make. Mostly: white troops listen to metal, black troops to rap.

  16. Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait

    Images showing the number of things used by Americans every day/week/month/etc. Amazing, scary, etc. (via Haddock)

  17. Cool Tool: Adventure Cycling

    The woman cycling across the USA on the Saturday Guardian’s Travel section back page has got me intrigued…

  18. Analyst Equity: Mid-Atlantic reading on the English

    I like the summary of American/English character differences (via ObLinks).

  19. The New York Review of Books: Jimmy Carter & the Culture of Death

    Lots of bits in this review of Carter’s book ‘Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis’ that I circled.

  20. Mapping religion in America (

    Fascinating and attractive maps showing the percentage of residents of all US counties that belong to different religions. (via Plasticbag)

  21. Panoramic photograph of suburban sprawl near San Ramon, California | Matt Jalbert

    Unreal-looking. Would be great to see this animated over a decade or two. (via Kottke again. He has such good links.)

  22. Flight Patterns

    Gorgeous animations of flights over the US. Better than it sounds. (via Kottke)

  23. LRB | letters from Vol. 27 No. 15

    The first letter describes how US corruption in Iraq is a direct descendant of the US corruption in Vietnam.

  24. LRB | Ed Harriman : Where has all the money gone?

    Excellent but despair-inducing article outlining some of the mind-boggling corruption in post-invasion Iraq.

  25. BBC - Radio 4 - Arthur Miller: The Accidental Music Collector

    Miller on the time he spent in 1941 recording voices and songs in North Carolina for the Library of Congress (show includes some recordings).

  26. United States Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-21

    Lovely public domain photos. Why do the old black and white ones look better than the new colour ones?

  27. Daily Mirror: How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?

    Well, you have to wonder. Something in the water? Cosmic rays? 59,054,087 radio receivers embedded in fillings?

  28. The Living Room Candidate

    Awesomely comprehensive collection of US presidential campaign TV adverts from 1952 to 2004 (doesn’t seem to work in Firefox).

  29. The New York Times

    And maybe, if you’re over there, you can print this out and take it with you when you go to vote.

  30. Microsoft TerraServer - University Forest Apartments, Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, TX

    I didn’t realise quite how close those aerial photos got. Slightly spooky. I used to live in the right-most block.

  31. Kurt Vonnegut: Cold Turkey (at AlterNet)

    Ramble about the state of America.

  32. Bush administration strips info on women’s issues from government web sites

    Ridiculous wars are bad enough, but somehow the rewriting of science and history seems even more scary.

  33. I’ve been MetaFiltered

    The MeFi comments simply re-hash the discussion on the page they link to.

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