From the RSS Feed
- “Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?” by Stephen Marche, The Atlantic, May 2012 – “American culture, high and low, is about self-expression and personal authenticity. The price of self-determination and self-reliance has often been loneliness. But Americans have always been willing to pay that price.” Social media is helping to raise the price.
- “Facebook Isn’t Making Us Lonely” by Eric Klinenberg, Slate, April 19, 2012 – There are at least two sides to every story.
- “America’s Secret Growth Weapon: Why Immigration Really, Really Matters” by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, April 24, 2012 – It keeps America young and innovative.
- “The Disconnect” by Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, April 16, 2012 – “Why are so many Americans living by themselves?”
- “The War Against Youth” by Stephen Marche, Esquire, April 2012 – The young are screwed.
- “The Crisis in American Walking” by Tom Vanderbilt, Slate, April 10, 2012 – A 4-part series on why Americans don’t walk.
- “Why Americans Won’t Do Dirty Jobs” by Elizabeth Dwoskin, Business Week, November 9, 2011 – “In the wake of an immigrant exodus, Alabama has jobs. Trouble is, Americans don’t want them.” Applies to other states as well.
- “The Dollar-Store Economy” by Jack Hitt, The New York Times, August 18, 2011 – Making money off cheap stuff in the post-Great Recession era.
- “The history and mystery of the high-five” by Jon Mooallem, ESPN Magazine, August 8, 2011 – Who said the 1970’s sucked? So good was the decade it birthed a jubilant alternative to the handshake.
The Book Stack
- George Konrád, “Melancholy of Rebirth: Essays From Post-Communist Central Europe, 1989-1994,” New York: Mariner Books, 1995 — BUY NOW (look in Used)
- Sándor Márai, “Embers,” New York: Vintage, 2002 (1940) – BUY NOW
- Yi-Fu Tuan, “Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience,” Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001 (1977) – BUY NOW
Do you have any recommendations for readings about America, immigration, or Central/Eastern Europe? Please share in Comments.