Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles: When Los Angeles Got No Respect

Norm's, La Cienega, on Fire, 1964, by Ed Ruscha

Randy Shaw: Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles addresses the art establishment’s diminishing of Los Angeles’ broader impact, and offers rare insight into the Los Angeles of the 1960’s and 70’s, though perhaps not greater appreciation for Ed Ruscha’s vision of the city.

And Carter Thought He Faced National Malaise

Joseph Palermo: The spectacle of British Petroleum literally killing off the Gulf of Mexico before our eyes while the Obama Administration apparently believes that BP is honorable enough to be trusted to dutifully clean it up is depressing beyond belief. Hearing Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal complain about the lagging federal response after he built his political career trashing the federal government is just too pathetic and stupid to even bother to ridicule.

Cultural Popularity Versus Populist Vulgarity

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There was always one person in the mob who ignited the spark. “You lie” equates to “the Ni**ers lyin’” in another period, or “get em, boys” in yet another. Congressman Joe Wilson was the one holdin’ the rope in a previous period.

Why Jimmy Carter’s Malaise Speech Is More Relevant than Ever

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In 1979, President Carter jolted Americans with his so-called “malaise” speech. Contrary to most recollections, the speech received a positive response and, according to historian Kevin Mattson, remains timely.

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