American Consequences - December 2017




The retail apocalypse is upon us. Amazon dominates e-commerce and has gobbled up 5% of total U.S. retail sales. But the Mall of America is fighting back... The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon Fast Company We’re almost 10 years out from the financial crisis. A few thoughts on what could go wrong. What toWorry About in This Surreal Bull Market Bloomberg

With no families or visitors to speak of, many older tenants spent weeks or months cocooned in their small apartments. And each year, some of them died without anyone knowing, only to be discovered after their neighbors caught the smell. A Generation in Japan Faces a Lonely Death New York Times How did a humble hot dog bun crammed with the simplest of ingredients manage to attain rockstar status in the food world? The Definitive Oral History of the Lobster Roll Down East

Like beauty (and obscenity), McMansions seem to be in the eye of the beholder. The simplest way to define a McMansion is: a poorly designed, poorly executed, oversized house. But there’s something more to them than looming entryways, vinyl siding, and mismatched windows that causes the knee-jerk hatred they rouse in so many. McMansion, USA KateWagner for Jacobin Magazine Yesterday, we saw the soul of America. We drove by a house so imposing... so monstrously ugly... so laughably pretentious that we almost drove off the road staring at it. Why Are the Homes of the Elite So Ugly? Bill Bonner in Bill Bonner’s Diary HGTV depends on the dream that if you can just get the right house – the one that looks like your friends’ houses look, only a little bit better – your family will pour into it, like thick cream into a pitcher: smooth, fluid, pleasing. Who could get a divorce in a house with so many lush towels rolled up in the master bathroom? Beware the Open-Plan Kitchen Caitlin Flanagan for Vulture



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