Links 2/1/10

Obama’s Q&A at the House Republican Conference is a must-watch if you didn’t see it. Why hasn’t he been doing this all the time?

Planet Money has a podcast where they talk about strategic default with a lawyer who works a legal-help hotline. Even (especially?) those who are facing it first hand on the ground are conflicted about the situation.

Daniel Indiviglio makes a nice catch in noting that the Treasury is now hiding statistics that show how much of a disaster the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) program is at assisting homeowners.

Holden At 50, Louis Menand, New Yorker. With J.D. Salinger having passed away, the New Yorker put one of my favorite Salinger criticism online, where Menand tries, among other things, to place him as a World War II author.

Ryan Avent on the future of poverty in the suburbs.

The Crap Futurism of the iPad. My favorite critique of the iPad: the future is here, and it involves carrying a portable proprietary-locked mall with you at all times.


Runaways Trailer and website. Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie and Scout Taylor-Compton as Lita Ford. Even if it’s a bad movie it’ll probably be a pretty good movie.

I’m so not dangerous, I’m so not what I say I am at all. Erin Polgreen has a review worth checking out of Marisa Meltzer’s forthcoming book, Girl Power: The Nineties Revolution in Music at campusprogress.

Between Polgreen’s review and friend of the blog EW recent comment: “That goddam Holden Caulfield is the father of disaffected emo kids on the internet message boards, which is a crappy legacy, if you think about it” I went and found an internet archived copy of the article Emo: Where the Girls Aren’t by Chicago music writer Jessica Hopper to reread.

And why not: From 2000, when we had two senator’s sons running for President, Sleater-Kinney et al performing Fortunate Son:

As I start stock-piling items to cash in on the 1990s revival, should I warehouse vintage Doc Martens, or vintage late 1990s failed internet startup polos, like a vintage polo? Or something else entirely?

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3 Responses to Links 2/1/10

  1. Dara says:

    Allow me to reiterate that the dotcom polo won’t become vintage until people actually learn how to make money from the Internet. I’d stay with the Doc Martens to be safe. Then again, my only participation in 90s mass culture was Beanie Babies, so you might take my advice with a grain of salt.

  2. Matt Frost says:

    I recommend stocking up on “smart drugs.”

  3. Michael says:

    Docs. They’re practical, attractive, and durable. They win hands-down over the dot-coms.

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