Vintage Cars and Modern Virtue: Cruisin’ Ocean City 2013

There were plenty of Big Gulps available. Not to mention beer, bikinis and cigarettes. But the main thing, of course, were the cars. I just got back from Cruisin’ Ocean City 2013, the annual vintage car show in Ocean City, Maryland. Ostensibly just a weekend about old and restored Camaros, Chargers, GTOs, Ford Mustangs, and … Continued

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The Plight of Lower-Middle-Class Men: Charles Murray’s Fishtown and MTV’s Buckwild

Not much has changed for men since Shakespeare’s day. Today, the average American male finishes college and works for several years before marrying at age 28.[1] Contra Romeo & Juliet, a European male in the early modern era was not much different, waiting until his late twenties to tie the knot.[2] The reasons are similar. As Kay Hymowitz observes, … Continued

Can Men be Men Again?, Culture

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Lindsay Lohan Returns to Her Roots, Thank God–E! On the Virtue of Vice, Specifically the Gossip Vice–Paris Review Quiz! Are You Living in a Class Bubble?–from Charles Murray’s Coming Apart (I scored between 9 and 12, which means “Even if you’re part of the new upper class, you’ve had a lot of exposure to the … Continued

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The Daily Pop Culture Scene

Our Love Affair With Cupcakes–Washington Post Chelsea Handler Discusses Decision to Have an Abortion–Huffington Post Mimi Alford, Former Intern-Mistress, Confesses: I Did Love JFK–Daily Beast What Goes Into Creating a Pop Hit? Lots of Collaboration–NYT Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors Hitting a Book Stand Near You–Vulture Fashion Week Begins in NYC: Preview the Collections–Vogue Naomi Watts, … Continued

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The Vow, Reviewed: Perfect Valentine’s Day Date Film—THR Avoiding the Limelight: The Power of Introverts—WSJ Books A Lightning Rod in Storm Over U.S.’s Class Divide—NYT Daniel Radcliffe: “Snobbery” Robbed Harry Potter of Oscars—E! Michael Kors’s Favorite Mistake: Male Bodysuits—Newsweek The Thatcher Style: Wearing Strength on Your Sleeve—NYT Why Is it So Hard to Speak Up?—WSJ … Continued

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Charles Murray’s “Fishtown” in Popular Culture

Charles Murray’s new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America, has been getting a lot of buzz, and for good reason: Murray presents an important and provocative thesis about the growing disconnect in values between America’s richest and poorest citizens, a rising “cultural inequality”: Over the past 50 years, that common civic culture has … Continued

Books, Culture, Television

The Daily Pop Culture Scene

The Best Songs of Etta James (RIP)—Daily Caller Related: Etta James, Beyoncé, and the “At Last” Legacy—WaPo Downton Abbey Recap: Waiting for the Worst—Vulture The Sundance Festival’s Best Bets—THR The Economic Argument for Having More Kids—Time The Tainted Legacy of Joe Paterno—WSJ Heartache, Mortality, Success: 2011’s Best Pop Songs—NYT The Inspiration Behind Children’s Books—Atlantic Keep … Continued

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