From Jennifer M. Silva, “Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty”

In an era of short-term flexibility, constant flux, and hollow institutions, the transition to adulthood has been inverted; coming of age does not entail entry into social groups and institutions but rather the explicit rejection of them. [Read more...]

Convention of Ex-Slaves in 1916

Just fascinating, via Ghosts of DC. [Read more...]

“I Want a Fur Coat and a Villa and a Cat”

new book on 20th-c changes in English marriage ideals pushes back against my Weekly Standard piece: The longing for a home of one’s own was all-encompassing. As one commentator explained, “Where almost everything else is ruled from outside, is chancy and likely to knock you down when you least expect it, the home is yours [Read More...]

“To Achieve Existential Fulfillment, Brokers Must Spurn Webinars”

“…and instead come to grips with their insignificance, Smith said.” Yes. [Read more...]

From Robert Stone, “Children of Light”

She let her song rise again and spread out her arms. In Louisiana the old black people called that kind of singing a bajo or banjo song, a homesick blues for where you’ve never been, which for them was Africa but for her was God only knows. Be there, Lu Anne sang. Be there, Sweet [Read More...]

“Drawing Down: How to Roll Back Police Militarization in America”: Radley Balko

writes: …Today in America, SWAT teams are deployed about 100 to 150 times per day, or about 50,000 times per year — a dramatic increase from the 3,000 or so annual deployments in the early 1980s, or the few hundred in the 1970s. The vast majority of today’s deployments are to serve search warrants for [Read More...]

“The Far Menace”: A glorious day in newspaper history

The day they switched the captions by mistake. Probably via Jesse Walker. [Read more...]

“Ages of Revolution: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?”

This is super-neat. Probably via Jesse Walker. [Read more...]

Celeb Chef Repaints Pink Hotel Different Shade of Pink

BBC reports! A 15th Century hotel owned by the celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been repainted because it was the wrong shade of pink. Babergh District Council visited the Angel Hotel in Lavenham, Suffolk, on Tuesday and found the wrong colour had been used on the building. The pale pink makeover had been sanctioned [Read More...]

“We Need a Whistleblower Prize”: Radley Balko

at HuffPo: …High-level whistleblowers know when they come forward that they’re sacrificing their national security clearance, likely their jobs, and quite possibly their freedom. Set aside for a moment what you think about the actions of Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden. Imagine you have a top-level security clearance, and you discover in the course of [Read More...]