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The State Highway Signs Quiz

Proceed to quiz   Most people, when they’re giving directions, describe all highways with the uncomplicated prefix “Route” (pronounced as root or rawte, according to taste). Take Route 85 for a few miles, then merge on Route 151, then south on Route 16….

Dayton Under Construction

Dayton Under Construction

Sunday night, holed up in the Tumbleweed, waiting for the late-spring blizzard-of-’13 that wasn’t. A ratty stuffed coyote yawns above me, next to a raven and a bighorn sheep wearing mardi gras beads, and another coyote. Across the horseshoe bar…

Seeing Spaghetti Everywhere

Seeing Spaghetti Everywhere

I recently re-watched Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western Dollars Trilogy:  the classics A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). These, of course, are the films that made Clint…

In Defense of Ruin Porn

In Defense of Ruin Porn

So photographs of abandoned buildings are porn. At least that’s what some articles would have us believe, deriding photos that “bask in glorious dilapidation” and “gawk at the cities and people in distress.” Discussing the proliferation of urban decay photography…

Incoming

I’m far enough out of the way of Hurricane Sandy that I could probably forget it entirely. It’s gotten too cold here in Mississippi, but otherwise the weather is pretty passive, and when I drove to work this morning I…

Street View

Street View

“In the days before I bought a bike in Boston,” Ben writes in this week’s feature, “I got around by subway, which led me to perceive the city less as a vast and interconnected web of streets, buildings, and people…

Processing

Processing

* This piece is set at Deep Springs, a 2-year, experimental college that I attended in the early aughts. The school is unique. It’s tiny (usually 26 student total), all male (although it’s about to go co-ed), and incredibly isolated….

A lot on our plates

A lot on our plates

Drive almost anywhere in the United States and you’ll spend a good deal of time staring at advertisements. Not advertisements for private businesses splayed along the highway on billboards (although you will certainly see those too), but advertisements for states…

A Secret City

A Secret City

[Editor’s note: The following photographs were taken in and around Philadelphia, Pa. and Camden, N.J. You can see more of Reggie’s photos here.]

The Lands That We Live

The Lands That We Live

Today is, of course, the day we celebrate the birthday of America, land that we love–or, at least, land that we live. As our writing explores each week, it’s a colorful and diverse place, filled with stories and ideas. In…