For a bit of international news, here’s a Toronto Star article that my Canadian coworker sent to me. It’s called “The Truth Is, Canada, America Isn’t Into You.” It’s pretty interesting, and it’s funny how the author claims that the U.S. doesn’t like our neighbors in The Great White North because they’re friendly and boring. It’s almost good enough to make me stop talking crap about Canadians at work. Almost.
For our next course, check out this article from The Atlantic entitled “The Next Slum?” It caught my attention because the area in question that may become a slum is American suburbia. It’s an interesting piece about how and where Americans choose to live, and why the future doesn’t look too bright for suburbs. Plus it mentions Kurt Russell–twice.
If that wasn’t enough and you’re still looking for another long-ass Atlantic article about life in America in the current depression, check out this one entitled “How The Crash Will Reshape America.” It’s more in-depth, and it takes a look at different American geographical regions and considers how they’ll fare in the current economic crisis. Basically, good news for Pittsburgh, and bad news for hot-as-balls places in the Southwest like Phoenix and Vegas. It’s more of a strain on the eyes and brain, but if you’ve got an extra half-hour and an ounce of geopolitical curiosity, it’s well worth your time.
Finally, if you live in the ‘burbs and those last two articles left you with a gloomy sense of impending doom, check out this article called “Ned Ludd’s Radiohead,” which closely examines similarities between George Orwell’s 1984 (a book which I’ll be reviewing soon) and Radiohead’s excellent album “OK Computer” (number two on my all-time top five!). The article is from a site called “Exploring Faith” of all places, but because of that fact, it appreciates the book and the album both from a secular as well as a religious viewpoint. An excerpt:
“As people of faith, we would be wise to take note of the ways in which technology, mass marketing and the lightning fast pace of our culture tend toward the deterioration of the human spirit. When approaching advances in technology and science, we ought to stop and ask ourselves what type of end these sorts of means may bring about […] We owe a debt to the work of Radiohead, and others, for showing us that blindly embracing the age can often lead to an evisceration of the spiritual life, and for that warning, we should be grateful.”
So, that’s it for this week’s Sunday Magazine. Hope you enjoyed something about it, and I hope that your weekend wraps up nicely!