Malls have been a staple of American culture for decades, representing suburban consumerism in its most basic form. In a new book called Malls Across America, photos taken during the 1980s reveal how little has changed in the esthetic of these shopping meccas--although the fashion and hairstyles of shoppers tell a different story. Photographer Michael Galinsky was just 20 when he began driving across the country in 1989, capturing these pictures from shopping malls in different states for a college art project. In an extract from his book, Mr Galinsky writes that his college photography teacher at New York University encouraged him
Comments: It becomes almost immediately obvious--there´s only a very small number of overweight people.
Ah, memories. I worked in an Orange County mall in the early eighty´s (men´s clothing store), dated a girl from the same mall (record store), and spent extra money in the arcade, playing Zaxxon. It was a lot like Fast Times. Never had a mullet, though. Please.
The mall where he started his project (Garden City, NY) is one of the largest malls in the country. It´s called Roosevelt Field, for the old airport that it is built on. Charles Lindbergh started his famous flight there in 1927.
I wonder how many of the shoppers have any idea of that?
The historic British city of Chester has beaten Venice, Prague and Santorini on a list of the most beautiful cities in Europe favored by Americans. Never mind Paris and Venice, both often thought of as some of the most romantic cities in Europe, or Budapest for its rich historic offering – Chester in Cheshire was the fifth choice city behind Riga, Bergen, Innsbruck and Dubrovnik in an American newspaper poll. USA Today, the newspaper that ran the online survey, attributed the Roman walls and ‘charming collection of Tudor and Victorian buildings and a delightful shopping district filled with half-timbered shops
Ukraine PM Mykola Azarov has expressed alarm at becoming a "battlefield" for the EU and Russia, as protests continue over a stalled EU trade deal. He also insisted an agreement with Russia had not been finalised on possible new financial support. Kiev last week put on hold a historic trade agreement with the EU, prompting the EU to accuse Moscow of exerting heavy pressure on Ukraine. The decision triggered mass protests in the capital and other cities. "Russia does not give us guarantees, Europe does not give us guarantees, so what are we, a battlefield?" the prime minister told foreign
First, two declarations of interest, neither of which will surprise you: first, I´m in favour of the Union, and second, I haven´t read the White Paper. Today is a day for studying and considering the SNP´s arguments, and you can keep up with developments here. But we can already draw some conclusions about the way Alex Salmond is approaching the task of making his case for separation. The husband planning to leave his wife and hoping she won´t cut up rough in the courts is a familiar figure, and Mr Salmond is the absconding spouse asking for a divorce who
Tickets for Monty Python’s long-awaited comedy reunion tour sold out in 43.5 seconds. But fans certainly weren’t laughing after most of the 20,000 tickets appeared on tout websites minutes later for more than 15 times the face value. Thousands of the fans failed in their efforts to buy tickets through the official O2 and Ticketmaster websites when they went on sale at 10am yesterday. The cheapest were being offered at £27.50 with a £4.50 booking fee, while the most expensive were £495, which included meeting with the Python team after the show.
One by one, the commentators have today fallen like dominoes. Presented with the transparent victory by Iran over the rest of the world at Geneva, they have eagerly swallowed the line they have been fed that this is a ‘historic’ step towards peace with Iran whose nuclear wings have now been clipped. Journalists who would normally ask themselves ‘why is this lying b**tard lying to me?’if a western politician merely said ‘hello, nice day isn’t it’ (apart, of course, from The One) have suspended all independent powers of observation and thought over this risible farce of a deal. Viewing it through the prism of
An author has rewritten the history of Britain using predictive text. Hugh Kellett, 57, looks at how different our past would be if it had been recorded using auto correct on a mobile phone. His new book Glitzch features famous figures from history such as Floral Nightgown (Florence Nightingale), Horny Nylons (Horatio Nelson) and Changes Darling (Charles Darwin). It also includes the Royal family such as Catering Middleman (Catherine Middleton), Vanilla Darker Vowels (Camilla Parker-Bowles), Problem of Males (Prince of Wales) and the Prince of Cartridges (The Prince of Cambridge). [Snip] Major events from history are remembered in the book,
Two cult leaders suspected of enslaving three women for more than 30 years at a house in south London targeted vulnerable overseas students who were struggling to adjust to life in Britain, it has been claimed. Aravindan Balakrishnan and his wife Chanda, who ran a Maoist collective in the 1970s, recruited mainly women who shared their far left ideology. But once they joined they fell under the spell of the charismatic leaders, and found it hard to leave, according to experts. “Most were foreign students who seemed to have difficulty adjusting to life in the UK. They refused to recognise
A senior advisor to the Saudi royal family has accused its Western allies of deceiving the oil rich kingdom in striking the nuclear accord with Iran and said Riyadh would follow an independent foreign policy. Nawaf Obaid told a think tank meeting in London that Saudi Arabia was determined to pursue its own foreign and policy goals. [Snip] Mr Obaid said that while Saudi Arabia knew that the US was talking directly to Iran through a channel in the Gulf state of Oman, Washington had not directly briefed its ally. "We were lied to, things were hidden from us," he
A lot of people have been on Tim Scott’s case this past week--Democrats, reporters, even some Republicans--because he passed on the chance to endorse Lindsey Graham on national TV. Gasp. When Scott appeared Wednesday on CNN’s “Crossfire,” South Carolina’s junior senator was asked twice if he endorsed Graham’s re-election campaign. He would not say “yes” or “no.” “You know, as you three have heard recently, I am up for … up for re-election myself,” Scott said. “I’m going to make sure Tim Scott gets out. I’m going to allow all the other folks on the ballot to represent themselves very
Oil prices have fallen after Iran agreed a deal to curb some of its nuclear activities in return for easing of international sanctions against it. Iran holds the world´s fourth-largest oil reserves but its exports have been hurt by the tough sanctions. Though Iran will not be allowed to increase its oil sales for six months, the deal has eased tensions in the Middle East--a key oil-producing area. Brent crude fell more than 2% in early Asian trade on Monday. It dropped by $2.42 to $108.63 per barrel, while US light sweet crude fell 84 cents to $93.64 per barrel.
French spies hatched a plan to murder hook-handed hate preacher Abu Hamza on the streets of London, it was claimed last night. Intelligence services plotted to assassinate the cleric while posing as members of the far-Right group Combat 18. They came up with the audacious plan because they were “fed up” with Britain harbouring terrorists as tensions rose over the scale of Islamist extremism in Britain. A report, by the campaign group Hope not Hate, also claimed that French spies planned to send fake death threats to Hamza purporting to be from Combat 18 before shooting him with a rifle.
The onward march of Iran’s nuclear capabilities ended at dawn yesterday when America achieved a landmark accord with its foremost enemy. Because of this enlightened diplomacy, the world is a safer place and troublesome and concerned US allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia should calm their fears. That, at least, was the spin on the Geneva agreement offered by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, at a 5am press conference. Given that Iran’s nuclear ambitions have had no rational purpose except to give its ruthless leaders the option of building the ultimate weapon, we are entitled to approach
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes an alarming number of
Everyone has a favorite recipe, find it in the back of a kitchen drawer, call your mom, see if you still have that dog-eared copy of the Joy of Cooking. It´s on the back of an old electric bill stuck inside the back cover. Find it and post it for all your LCom friends. If you have a special request let us know, someone can find it somewhere.
Though the Obama administration said that individuals making under $45,960 would get Obamacare subsidies, low-income young people in most of America´s big cities who relied on that promise are discovering they will be ineligible for them. According to a CNN report, though young people are now required to purchase insurance under Obamacare or pay a fine, "many low-income younger Americans won´t get any subsidy at all" because, as the Obama administration claims, the "cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected." In April, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "told a
Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians. During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students "you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease." NOEL IGNATIEV: If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a
Appearing on Arsenio Hall’s talk show over the weekend, ?Jesse Jackson defended both President Obama, who he said has faced heretofore unseen advsersity as president, as well as Jackson’s embattled son, who he said “had the best voting record in the Congress” before he was sentenced by unfair laws. On the president, Jackson praised him for “serving us well against the most hostility an American president has ever had” and “more attempts to derail his legislation then in the history of the country.” Between job creation and his efforts in Iraq, President Obama has “maintained a kind of dignity” without stooping
Normally, I don´t traffic much in gossip, but the case of Valerie Jarrett is different. She may well be the most powerful woman in America, and almost certainly is the most powerful member of the Obama administration. The adjective "shadowy" definitely applies to this woman who enjoys her power through her relationship to the President, having never been confirmed by Senate hearings. Her title as "Senior Adviser" to the President barely scratches the surface of her real power. President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar,
The Obamacare rollout remains a debacle, but now enough time has passed that smart people are beginning to dissect what went wrong. So far, the best take I´ve seen comes from Internet pioneer Clay Shirky, who notes that the politicians weren´t listening to the people doing the actual work. I was talking about this to my Administrative Law class not long ago. I had told them that there are few real secrets in D.C. because everyone sleeps with everyone else. A student then asked why both the administration and the GOP seemed to have been blindsided by the Obamacare website problems. "I guess nobody was sleeping with the techies,"
Pure, sweet, schadenfreudean goodness from Politico. See now why I think there’s a chance that those new Iran sanctions pass with veto-proof majorities? Turns out, after three years and a half years of development plus two months of frantic triage to Healthcare.gov, Democrats are finally ready to hold the White House accountable for its giant O-Care fark-up. A little. “The president and his team have repeatedly assured us that the system will be working by Dec. 1. That’s when I start looking at what we have to do in our oversight function to hold the administration accountable for making it work.” Rep.
Located just 50 miles off the U.S. coast, north of New York City, sits Petra, a heart-shaped island that now belongs to Brad Pitt, after Angelina reportedly shelled out £12.2million to buy it for his 50th birthday. Pitt is apparently an architect fanatic, so when Jolie discovered that the island´s only two homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, she was sold. Pitt once said,“When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life.” A source revealed that “as soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed.
"Trust is like virginity: once you lose it it´s hard to get it back." So spoke pollster John Zogby, commenting on his latest poll on President Obama´s handling of his office. Quoted by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner: "Most ominous for Mr. Obama is that 57 percent now disapprove of his job. That is his worst number yet. This includes 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women; 51 percent of moderates, 24 percent of liberals and 24 percent of Democrats; 66 percent of independents and 40 percent of Hispanics. Meanwhile, a separate poll by CNN/ORC International found: 53%
Maybe it was something about what they served in the White House mess in the 1990s. Or perhaps it´s what happens to baby boomer Democrats more than a decade after leaving office. For whatever the reason former vice president Al Gore has gone vegan, just like the president with whom he once served. Gore´s recent decision to forgo animal products surfaced as an offhand reference in a Forbes magazine piece about Hampton Creek Foods, an upscale vegan product line carried in Whole Foods. Ryan Mac´s article, which posted Saturday, chronicled how wealthy investors including Bill Gates, Tom Steyer and Vinod Khosla
ObamaCare may have backfired in its goal of making smoking so expensive that users quit, public health experts say, as sky-high insurance premiums force smokers to drop coverage altogether and lose smoking cessation programs along with it. "Tobacco surcharges are not proven to help tobacco users quit and there are major concerns that they will prevent people from getting health care coverage," the American Lung Association´s Jennifer Singleterry said. The ALA supports the Affordable Care Act, as does the American Cancer Society, but both oppose the tobacco penalty because they believe it makes insurance unaffordable for smokers. "Charging tobacco users