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.
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 pets.com polo? Or something else entirely?