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Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

What's the Truth About the First Thanksgiving?

Should Americans celebrate Thanksgiving as a day of gratitude? Or should they mourn it as a day of guilt? Michael Medved, author of The American Miracle, shares the fascinating story of the first Thanksgiving.

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

Photographing Eastern Europe's Fading Jewish Architecture – Tablet Magazine

Photographer David Kaufman looks at the world through a historical lens. Quite literally, in fact, as he shoots with bellows, the folding attachment used on cameras since the Civil War. Though Kaufman is fascinated by the past, his old-fashioned equipmen

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On | The New Yorker

As America’s rural communities stagnate, what can we learn from one that hasn’t?

Politics | Politics

No gracias, La Gracia

What she loves is a purified, whitewashed version of our culture—a safe and romanticized Mexico she built for herself while vacationing in resorts and wintering in Sayulita. Then she tried to sell it back to a community.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Critiki’s Ten Best Tiki Bars in the World 2017

These are the ten best tiki bars found in the world today, as rated by the best tiki experts around: the members of Critiki. Critiki is a travel guide and historic archive of Polynesian Pop culture…

Politics | Politics

A Chicano Community In San Diego Is Outraged Over A White Woman's Attempt To Open A 'Modern Fruteria'

Jenny Niezgoda clearly didn't do her homework. The travel blogger and self-proclaimed "barefoot bohemian" released a now-canceled Kickstarter campaign and accompanying video for her next passion project - a "plant-based cocina" and "modern fruteria"

Politics | Education or Indoctrination?

NO MORE SHAKESPEARE: Yale ‘Decolonizes’ English Department After Being Accused Of Too Much ‘Whiteness’

Yale has successfully “decolonized” its English department, and some lucky students are now enrolled in a new course created by the department to ward off claims of departmental racism. Better yet, new standards have been implemented to guarantee a mo

Politics | Politics

Breaking Bread: Appropriation or Appreciation? The Case of Mexican Food

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine

Average Americans have never much liked eggheads. That’s not a bad thing in itself: Americans are a skeptical but level-headed people

Miscellaneous | Mid Century

Photographer Compares 1960s Postcards Vs. How These Places Look Today, And The Difference Is Unbelievable | Bored Panda

Not long ago an old matchbook laying on photographer Pablo Iglesias Maurer's desk caught his eye. Or rather, it was the postcard-like picture on it, of a resort

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

Paying the price for breakdown of the country's bourgeois culture

These basic cultural precepts could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement.

Music | Music

The Best Mod Bands/Artists

in the 1950s and 1960s, mod culture dominated most of what was going on in the UK in terms of culture. Mods were hip and cool, and it was reflected in the trend setting fashion and music to come from that time period. Though originally named after those w

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

The Best Tiki Albums To Get You In The Mood For Tiki Oasis

Swingers, light your tiki torches! On the eve of this year’s epic Tiki Oasis festival, in San Diego, we thought it would be prudent to kindle the beacon fire with a little Tiki 101 list. For our selections, we will be focusing on the nittiest and gritti

Music | Music

Elvis & ‘Cultural Appropriation' - Music Works Best When Borrowed

If cultural appropriation is a crime, charge Elvis Presley. Culture thrives when it’s all shook up ...

Politics | The Hall of Idiots

Why Professional Cuddling Is Booming Under Trump - Rolling Stone

In the wake of Donald Trump's election, people struggled to figure out how to cope – and some found the answer was as simple as human touch.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Hong Kong Hustle best blog in HK | Hong Kong Hustle

Hong Kong Hustle - the best blog about music, fashion, nightlife, art, film, culture and cool in HK. Your guide to the city!

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Jaded In Chicago

Originally a printed zine from 1998 – 2004, Jaded In Chicago has returned exclusively online. Our goal is to provide coverage of Chicago’s expansive independent

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Classic San Diego Tiki - ClassicSanDiego.com

Polynesian-themed restaurants and tiki bars from the San Diego area’s past and present. How many of theses classic San Diego tiki joints do you know?

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

The Mod Generation

Where mods of all generations get together to swap stories, share photos and videos, and keep up to date on the latest mod events and sounds

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Modern day Mod UK - BBC News

Extraordinary photographs of the style and community of the contemporary Mod scene

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says Americans are experiencing a crisis of loneliness, and it's partly a result of our desire for independence.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

This Teen Took Candid Photos of the 70s' Biggest Rock Stars

Photographer Brad Elterman relives his glory days of shooting David Bowie, Joan Jett, Bob Dylan, and KISS.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

We Had a Teen Interview High Schoolers About Their Music Tastes

The biggest takeaway is that trap music can help with your homework.

Politics | Politics

It feels like America is descending into chaos | New York Post

I turned 7 in 1968, and though my memories are necessarily fuzzy, I can still sum up a queasy sense of the chaos that pervaded the year as it streamed out of...

News | Interesting Stuff

How Old is "Old"? The Answers Vary by Age | Money

Definitions of "old" and "young" vary depending on your age, a new study by U.S. Trust shows.

Politics | Politics

Actually, hate speech is protected speech - LA Times

Here are the most popular slogans about speech, and why they're wrong

Miscellaneous | OTHER STUFF

How to Smoke a Cigar Like You Actually Know What You’re Doing

Wondering how to smoke a cigar without looking like a greenhorn? In this guide, we'll teach you how to puff one like a seasoned pro.

Music | Music

The genesis of punk rock.

Punk rock is considered a product of the ’70s, when bands like the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and the Clash propelled the style into the mainstream. But punk really has its roots in the early ’60s, when three chord bashers with attitude first establishe

Sports | Cycling

The SheWolves pedal for empowerment

Three years ago, Angie Beaulieu and Magz Lemaster came together to build a biking community for female-identifying individuals.

Music | Music

The Damned on the Dawn of U.K. Punk, Getting Back at the Beatles

The Damned's Dave Vanian and Captain Sensible reflect on their 40-year career, from releasing the first punk single to gigging with Motörhead's Lemmy.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

The Possible Origins of 7 Instantly Recognizable Visual Clichés | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Black Flag documentary on artist Raymond Pettibond

Documentary which largely focuses on the artwork side of Black Flag. Interviews with Keith, Chuck, Henry, Raymond and for some reason Flea. If you're into fl...

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

British Mods and Rockers of the 1960's

An entertaining and informative one hour BBC program about the 1960's Mods and Rockers. Clarifying the relationship between the two youth groups. The documen...

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts

No racists of fascists are welcomed here! : )

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

East LA Youth Culture mini doc

This mini-documentary is a student project by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, prepared for the Visual Research Methodologies Course at Claremont Graduate University. I...

Entertainment | Humor

Jonah Ray Heads to Boston in the First Episode of ‘Hidden America’

Today's a big day for early series premieres -- first IFC uploaded the season 5 Comedy Bang! Bang! premiere a week early, and now Seeso has released the first episode of Jonah Ray's travel show parody Hidden America ahead of its debut next Thurs

Music | Music

PSYCHOBILLY: A Cancer on Rock 'n' Roll (2004) A film by Mike Decay

Join the party: http://www.phantomcreep.com Director: Mike Decay - Producers: Ronni Thomas & Mike Decay - Editor: Jay Bones

Music | Music

How a St. Louis neighborhood called the Ville helped define Chuck Berry's art

Chuck Berry was to St. Louis what Prince was to Minneapolis, what Elvis was to Memphis and what Sinatra was to New Jersey: Its citizens didn’t agree on much, but Berry was sacrosanct.

Music | Music

David Byrne's New Doc 'Contemporary Color' Shows Off 'Art Sport' And Indie Stars

The newly released trailer teases a film where dance troupes from across the country pair with some of independent music's biggest stars on a (big) Brooklyn stage.

Food & Drink | Coffee

Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar, Minneapolis, MN

Angry Catfish has the best coffee and bicycle sales and service in Minneapolis, MN. We offer bikes made by such great manufacturers as Salsa, Moots, Niner, All City, Surly, Lynskey, Shinola, Foundry, and Parlee. We also carry top of the line bicycle cloth

Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

HandleBarSTL | HandleBar

Entertainment | Radio

KCRW 89.9FM | Music, NPR News, Culture Los Angeles

KCRW creates & curates music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. From Los Angeles to around the world, KCRW.com.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

9 Reasons To Bring Back Cocktail Parties (PHOTOS) | The Huffington Post

Your grandparents probably enjoyed one trend that has sadly since died a thousand deaths: The cocktail party. These gatherings dominated the 1950s and 19...

Music | Music

We Were There: Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave | An Oral History hosted by Alice Bag

(Originally run in Razorcake #79, April / May 2014) My name is Alicia Velasquez, but I’m better known as Alice Bag. I grew up in East L.A., the daughter of Mexican immigrants. In the late 1970s, I …

Food & Drink | Travel

Takanakuy: Fistfighting in the Andes

Once a year around Christmas in the Peruvian Andes, the whole town gets together to dance, drink and beat the hell out of each other. Christmas festivities v...

Sports | Snowboarding/Skiing

Foothills: The Unlinked Heritage of Snowboarding

Foothills: The Unlinked Heritage of Snowboarding, from pro snowboarder and Patagonia Ambassador Alex Yoder and production company WRKSHRT, is a new film about the origins of snowboarding unlike any you've seen before. Petranboarding began as a cultura

News | News

Study: Baby boomers don't work harder than younger generations

New analysis by psychologists revealed no significant differences in work ethic among different generations.

Food & Drink | Travel

Route 66's Best Kitschy Roadside Attractions

After it was replaced by the Interstate System during the 1950s and 60s, Route 66 has now become home to numerous kitschy monuments, hotels, and rest stops that give a glimpse into a bygone era of American history.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

The Real and the Fake: Polynesian Culture and How We Perceive It

A piece from NPR asking if tiki bars are “harmless fun or exploitation” started making the rounds yesterday—it’s good timing, as I’ve had an article brewing in my head for a…

Food & Drink | Coffee

Episode 15 - Laurie - Spoke Bicycle Cafe

Laurie is a forward thinker and entrepreneur that has harnessed her optimism into creating a haven on the bank of the Los Angeles River known as Spoke Bicycl...

News | Israel & The Jewish Community

A Response to Yesterday’s Anti-Semitic Hate Crime from a “Whiny Brat Jew”

By now you’ve probably already heard that on Tuesday night students discovered swastikas graffitied in McCabe. I’m not sure what’s

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Real Mod World

Website in English and Spanish dedicated to Mod culture: its history, music, scooters, fashion, news and events.

Music | Music News

Could This Be the End of Paul Simon’s Rhymin’? - The New York Times

Mr. Simon, 74, said in an interview that he was ready to give up music, despite the popularity of his latest album, “Stranger to Stranger,” and his current tour.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Huck Magazine – Radical Culture

HUCK is a global magazine exploring the many facets of radical culture, be it surf, skate, snow, music, art, activism, pop culture, the environment and the world beyond.

Entertainment | Miscellaneous Disney

How World War II Changed Walt Disney | TIME

How two crises— a crippling strike and the Second World War— changed the Disney studio (and Walt himself) forever

Sports | Cycling

Meet the Godfather of the Lowrider Bicycle

You know those custom bicycles that Snoop Dogg and other rappers rode with swagger in countless music videos? The ones that ooze that West Coast style? They ...

Architecture & Interior Design | Threatened History & Preservation

Preservation Roundup: 13 Historic Places We Are Thankful For - Los Angeles Magazine

From Frank Lloyd Wright to Clifton's Cafeteria, this was a great year for old buildings in Los Angeles

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Hidden San Diego®

Hidden San Diego® - your go-to website for all haunted, hidden and amazing spots in San Diego

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

15 best hipster hangouts in San Diego.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

How Much Do You Really Know About Punk Rock?

You can get over being a poser, but there's no cure for being a punk.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

How Punk Rock Infected Every Form of Art | NOISEY

The four-letter word has impressed itself across all of creativity, despite its excess use since the days of the Dolls and the Pistols.

Entertainment | Culture/Art/Random cool stuff

Long-buried photos at the Geffen Contemporary resurrect L.A. punk's primal days

For a few years starting in the early 1980s, two artists, Brian Tucker and Nikki Tucker, distributed their photo-zine, FER YOUz, anywhere that Los Angeles punk rockers were gathering.

Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

17 Horrifying Vintage Pictures of Disneyland Characters | Mental Floss

Yikes. Since its opening in 1955, Disneyland has been synonymous with childhood wonder and magic. Often called the "happiest place on Earth," the park gives children a chance to meet their favorite Disney characters. But one can imagine that the experience was a whole lot less magical in the '50s, when the characters were more creepy than cute.

News | Jewish Community

Orthodox Belief in God and Faith Is Spreading — Got a Problem With That? - Opinion – Forward.com

The Pew study shows Orthodox values like belief in God and adherence to custom are spreading. Mordechai Lightstone asks why any Jew would have a problem with that — even if some evangelical Christians feel the same.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Why I Wear a Jewish Star on My Necklace – Tablet Magazine

When I was in fifth grade, my great-aunt took me to an Indian jewelry store in Chicago’s West Rogers Park neighborhood and bought me a necklace with a Jewish star pendant. It had only been three years since we immigrated from what’s now the former Sov

News | The News

'Dukes of Hazzard' Toy Car Axed Amid Confederate Flag Controversy

This isn’t the first time the Dukes’ mode of transportation has been at the heart of a controversy

News | Jewish Community

Catskills Colony Collapse: Bungalows Hit By Zoning, Will Be Replaced by Upscale Housing – Tablet Magazine

The Catskills bungalow colonies that have played host for countless Jewish vacationers for decades are now becoming extinct. On Monday, the Times Herald-Record reported that new zoning regulations in Sullivan County, NY, updated last October, have encour

Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

In Defense of Hipsters

Exterminate hipsters!

Not the people. The people are fine -- inasmuch as anyone even knows what they are anymore. A few are great, some are annoying, most are probably pretty unremarkable, same as with everything else. I’m saying exterminate the word "hipsters."

News | That's News to Me

Rachel Dolezal's Artwork Is Not Only Problematic, It Might Be Plagiarized

Rachel Dolezal, the former president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, who was "outed as white" last week after allegedly pretending to be black for nearly a decade, is also an &q

Food & Drink | The Cocktail Hour

America drinks just as much as it did in the Mad Men era

Mad Men can make the 1960s seem like a non-stop booze-fest. Do not be fooled.

Entertainment | Television/Film/Books

Mad Men to live on at Smithsonian National Museum of American History - BBC News

A collection of costumes and props from hit US drama Mad Men is donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Health & Fitness | Health & Fitness

The Hidden Brilliance Of Late Risers

If you're a late riser, there's a good chance that you have, at one point, been made to feel inferior to the seeming moral superiority of your early riser friends and colleagues.

Travel | Travel

11 American Behaviors That Are Considered Rude Around the World

Just because you’ve mastered the art of not looking like an uncultured, uncouth slob in your country doesn’t mean those skills translate to the rest of the world. In fact, many things considered innocuous or even polite where you’re from might raise (or sternly lower) eyebrows in other parts of the world. With that in mind, here are 11 behaviors that are widely viewed as acceptable in the United States but considered rude in other corners of the globe.

Entertainment | Movies & Other Stuff

At long last, Limp Bizkit mashed up with the Seinfeld theme song

A new mashup pairs the vocals of Limp Bizkit's 'Break Stuff' with the 'Seinfeld' theme song.

News | From the HuffPost

7 Biggest Problems of Reverse Culture Shock | Amanda Roosa

These are things you don't really take time to consider before returning home. You're too excited at the idea of seeing your much loved and much missed friends and family....

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

What Recent Stories About the Suburbs Dying Got Wrong

The end of this week saw a mini-flurry of weirdly misleading news about where Americans are living now and where they say they want to be living in the future. "Generation Y Prefers Suburban Home Over City Condo" was the Wall Street Journal's take on some interesting but nevertheless flawed new survey results...

Entertainment | Entertainment News!

Down with dramedy: American indie cinema’s adventures in being phony · For Our Consideration · The A.V. Club

Certain kinds of well-meaning, Sundance-approved films are too too eager to please, and too vague.

News | From CNN

5 Web Series That Capture Life in L.A. - Los Angeles Magazine

From a fictional guide to breaking up with boyfriends to hilarious examinations of cultural stereotypes, the web series format is like TV entertainment unfettered. Here are the some of the best L.A. based web series currently on offer

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

5 Beloved Traditions Invented to Make You Buy Stuff | Mental Floss

Here's how some popular traditions came about, including diamond engagement rings and the ubiquitous green-bean casserole.

News | Fun With Islam

ATTENTION: You Can’t Walk Your Dog in Islamic Areas. Muslims Don’t Like Dogs. – Dc Gazette

We have all seen by now the hypocrisy of Muslims expecting everyone else to cater to their religious beliefs, while refusing to be considerate of others.

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

The many reasons millennials are shunning cars

And why we shouldn't dismiss the trend as a mere byproduct of the bad economy.

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle And Minneapolis

Some cities seek to change the second Monday in October to a more politically correct, inclusive holiday

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

Tom and Jerry racist? Of course. Warning on Amazon and iTunes is appropriate.

Is that cartoon cat racist? Amazon Prime and iTunes now feature a warning to Tom and Jerry cartoons from the 1940s and 1950s that they “may depict ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society.”

Humor | Funny Stuff

22 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In The South

It's more than a region, it's a state of mind.

Travel | Israeli Culture

From Small Marketplaces to the Culinary Markets: The Evolution of Food in Israel

When did cooks become chefs and then cultural idols? When did we become so addicted to food and cooking blogs? How did breakfast become a culinary event?...

Food & Drink | Food & Stuff

The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Sushi: A Primer | Open Culture

Vice.com's food channel, Munchies, spent time with Naomichi Yasuda and learned the dos and don'ts of eating sushi. And they kindly summarized some practices that are permitted and verboten. It’s okay to use your fingers to eat cut sushi rolls.

Politics | Seriously???

Daily Beast Exploits Robin Williams’s Death to Declare Left’s Victory in ‘The Culture Wars'

Leave it to the Daily Beast to throw the notion that folks should avoid politicizing a tragedy right out the window. The Web magazine used the occasion of Robin Williams’s death to laud the late comedian as a hero of the LGBT agenda for his role in ‘M