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Andrew Sullivan on the Opioid Epidemic in America
This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.
america  culture  drugs  unitedstates  andrewsullivan  opiods  addiction  modernculture  modernlife 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.
america  racism  gq  dylannroof  terrorism  whitesupremacy  murder  crime  rachelkaadzighansah 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What Does It Take to ‘Assimilate’ in America? - The New York Times
What does assimilation mean these days? The word has its roots in the Latin ‘‘simulare,’’ meaning to make similar. Immigrants are expected, over an undefined period, to become like other Americans, a process metaphorically described as a melting pot. But what this means, in practice, remains unsettled. After all, Americans have always been a heterogeneous population — racially, religiously, regionally. By what criteria is an outsider judged to fit into such a diverse nation? For some, assimilation is based on pragmatic considerations, like achieving some fluency in the dominant language, some educational or economic success, some familiarity with the country’s history and culture. For others, it runs deeper and involves relinquishing all ties, even linguistic ones, to the old country. For yet others, the whole idea of assimilation is wrongheaded, and integration — a dynamic process that retains the connotation of individuality — is seen as the better model. Think salad bowl, rather than melting pot: Each ingredient keeps its flavor, even as it mixes with others.
america  unitedstates  immigration  assimilation  culture  nytimes  nytimesmag 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy | Moira Weigel | US news | The Guardian
For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph
pcculture  politicalcorrectness  conservatism  politics  highereducation  education  think  tanks  universities  theguardian  america  trump  donaldtrump 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Millennial Entrepreneurs Give Sleepy Montevideo a Fresh Jolt - The New York Times
On a recent afternoon in Montevideo, a young couple approached the counter at Futuro Refuerzos, a snug sandwich shop that features artisanal breads, house-made spreads and locally sourced meats. The woman was wearing a wide-brimmed felt halt and carried a vintage leather handbag; the man sported tousled curls, forearm tattoos and skinny jeans. There was nothing remarkable about this scene — stylish 20-somethings ordering gourmet sandwiches in a self-consciously rustic space — except that it unfolded in a destination that has seemed immune to hipsterdom.
uruguay  montevideo  nytimes  travel  south  america 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Lost in Translation: Germany’s Fascination With the American Old Wes
Hans Grunert is no stranger to requests from Native Americans regarding the display of sacred items among the headdresses, moccasins, jewelry and hundreds of other artifacts at the Karl May Museum, housed in a faux-log cabin behind a stately 19th-century villa in this eastern German town.
nytimes  germany  oldwest  america  wildwest  cowboys  indians  karlmay  karlmaymuseum 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden
The American Guide
THE AMERICAN GUIDE is a revival of the Depression-era guidebook series by the same name. It’s part archive curation from back in the day, part documentary travel in the here and now. It’s here to keep a state by state record of an America coming out of the Great Recession and beyond: to document people and places both pretty and hard because, all things being equal, that’s what makes America, America.
blogs  theamericanguide  travel  theunitedstates  america 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
In Living Color: The Forgotten 19th-Century Photo Technology that Romanticized A...
Every few centuries, someone rediscovers America. After the first humans arrived from Asia roughly 15,000 years ago, Vikings touched down in Newfoundland in the year 1000. Half a millennium later, Christopher Columbus spotted a small island in what is now the Bahamas, and in 1769, Gaspar de Portolà was the first European to gaze upon San Francisco Bay, whose indigenous people had remained hidden behind a thick wall of fog throughout most of America’s Colonial era.
collectorsweekly  photography  history  america  thewest 
september 2014 by brendanmcfadden

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