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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

…examines the four turbulent years from 1972 to 1976, the bridge from Nixon’s very visible demise to Reagan’s increasingly visible triumph. All three have a trademark style. They are prodigiously researched; they are long; they are funny; and, in their zeal for narrative, they owe more to the high-quality journalism of a David Halberstam or a Theodore White than to the footnoting, the theorizing, and the narrowed focus of academic historical writing. In addition, Perlstein’s…books trace a single argumentthat the conservative movement divided the nation.

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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian
[look of the hour]

[look of the hour]

(Source: observando)

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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

"This isn’t Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."

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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

'…to appreciate [art] only to the extent that the work functions as one’s mirror would make for a hopelessly reductive experience. But to reject any work because we feel that it does not reflect us in a shape that we can easily recognize—because it does not exempt us from the active exercise of imagination or the effortful summoning of empathy—is our own failure.'

hrdcvrlife:

work.

[look of the hour]

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August 3rd, 2014
thesmithian

lostsplendor:

Can we all take a moment to acknowledge the high levels of wunderbar as shown in this look by verticordian. Haircut so wildly precious.

[meaningful glance]

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August 2nd, 2014
thesmithian

'…when the inevitable downturn arrives and the VC spigot turns off, the Airbnb’s and Ubers and Lyfts will have to figure out how to extract real profits from their operations. That will, in turn, inevitably mean pressure on the wages of the workers who provide the services that these platforms facilitate.'

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July 27th, 2014
thesmithian
…it turns out that this bloody road we walk…is not as cyclical as we may have once thought. This road is not a circle, it’s a downward spiral, leading to new lows, which, I’m sad to say, we’ll be unlucky enough to experience.
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