From the sedulous to the surreal in cultural context

Month: May 2015

The BeltLine: A Life Saver?

  Hyperbole about the Atlanta BeltLine is a balloon that keeps rising. The public-private partnership funding the construction of miles of trails and parks while fueling a real-estate boom (at least along the Eastside Trail) has become a cultural juggernaut. Atlanta’s national cachet, self-confidence, and the mystique of the BeltLine are now tightly braided. Despite incisive… Read More ›

Don Draper Lands in the ATL

      Admit it, you always knew it would end with Don Draper meditating in California, his back to the ocean in a yoga pose surrounded by sedulous hippies. Our last glimpse of Don at the conclusion of Mad Men certainly made a lasting impression.  The hard-living ad man pulled out of an epic late-season tailspin… Read More ›

Steely Dan Postmodern: A Meditation on Sonic and Visual Artifice

“You go back Jack do it again Wheel turnin’ ‘round and ‘round You go back Jack do it again…”   Thus incants the first song on Steely Dan’s inaugural album, 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill. “Do It Again” is a song about gambling and revenge and weary despair, but taken on its own this refrain… Read More ›

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