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High on the Stones by Dan Chiasson | The New York Review of Books
I am not making an original point, but it cannot be reiterated enough: the experience of making and taking in culture is now, for the first time in human history, a condition of almost paralyzing overabundance. For millennia it was a condition of scarcity; and all the ways we regard things we want but cannot have, in those faraway days, stood between people and the art or music they needed to have: yearning, craving, imagining the absent object so fully that when the real thing appears in your hands, it almost doesn’t match up. Nobody will ever again experience what Keith Richards and Mick Jagger experienced in Dartford, scrounging for blues records. The Rolling Stones do not happen in any other context: they were a band based on craving, impersonation, tribute: white guys from England who worshiped black blues and later, to a lesser extent, country, reggae, disco, and rap.
culture  culturalstudies  memoir  writing  nonfiction  books  music  rock  blues  youtube  social 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Esquire: Does America Have Any Culture?
"A lack of culture is not our problem. The problem is we've become too effective at distributing that culture -- at the same time, in the same way, and with the same velocity. It all ends up feeling interchangeable, which makes it all marginally irrelevan
culture  usa  culturalstudies  germany  magazines  art 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Utne Reader: Love Your Fat Self
"Our imaginations are harnessed to America’s favorite adolescent fantasy: how much prettier, thinner, richer, and more successful we will be one day."
fat  culturalstudies  culture  usa  beauty  love  fashion  aesthetics  identity  media  women  toread  sex 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Last call - The Boston Globe
"I went to Fritz to watch a World Series game this year, and it was fun to be in a room with a bunch of gay men enjoying a sports event in the way gay men would. [...]"
gay  social  public  boston  massachusetts  cities  urban  identity  demography  society  culturalstudies  drinking 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Country Roads - Stanley Fish - Think Again - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"But if you enter, if only vicariously, into the country music culture, you have to swallow along with your enjoyment some stances and attitudes that might give you pause (or might not, depending on who you are)."
country  music  songwriting  usa  aesthetics  identity  culturalstudies  white 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
True or False: The Major Religions Are Essentially Alike - Newsweek Society - MSNBC.com
"Coming at the problem of religion from the angle of difference rather than similarity is scary. But the world is what it is."
religion  communication  history  culturalstudies  culture 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: A Jazzman So Cool, You Want Him Frozen At His Peak
"It’s among the few movies that deal with the mysterious, complicated emotional transactions involved in the creation of pop culture — and with the ambiguous process by which performers generate desire."
beauty  cinema  jazz  music  1950s  creativity  psychology  culturalstudies 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: More Muslims Arrive in U.S., After 9/11 Dip
"The rise does not reflect relaxed security measures, but a higher number of visa applications and greater efficiency in processing them, said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of Homeland Security."
islam  immigration  usa  religion  education  september11  identity  culturalstudies  women 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Video Games Are Their Major, So Don't Call Them Slackers
"So you have these four basic types that occupy the environment [...] Killers act like predators, and like any ecosystem, if you increase the number of killers and facilitate them, you decrease the number of achievers and socializers."
technology  education  aesthetics  culturalstudies  cinema  games  college  marketing  crime 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Stealing beauty
"Doesn't the idea of the muse reinforce the destructive stereotype of the creative, proactive male and of the passive female, at once worshipped and degraded, agreeably disrobing to model or for inspirational sex?"
aesthetics  culturalstudies  gender  men  sex  women 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Golden rush: Minnesota college students zip through California for a 'study abroad' course
"It's a newcomer state. There has never been a point in its history where the majority of people in the state are natives. California gets a lot of its energy and dynamism from that."
california  college  culturalstudies  minnesota 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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