Sound Smart, Read These: Porn, Urban Planning, and Poetry about Coca-Cola and the Ford Motor Company

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08/21/2009 3:06 PM |

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“Restoring Carriage Town”, a slide show about the people swooping in to buy, renovate, restore and gentrify a long-neglected Victorian section of Flint, Michigan.

The porn industry is suffering, because now you can get porn on the internet for free. In this, as in all things, the porn industry is just like the newspaper industry, the music industry, and film criticism.

It turns out that a lot of our road safety practices are counterintuitive — red lights, for starters — and cheaper solutions are readily available, like lane barriers (but then how will we pass?).

This thumbnail portrait of our ambassador to Afghanistan opens onto a view of the different spheres of government influencing that country, and looks forward to the administrative and communicative challenges to come after the election and during the troop build-up.

Then there was that time Ford asked Marianne Moore to name their new car. (“The Ford Utopian Turtletop.”)

New Fiction: The entire current issue of The Brooklyn Review, the lit mag put out by Brooklyn College. A favorite is “This Is About the Radio”, from recent L Mag fiction contributor CJ Hauser.

Old clip: Frank O’Hara, who does not sound the way you expect him to, reads “Having a Coke with You“. About thirty seconds in, the camera pulls back to reveal his awesome pattern baldness. It looks like he has a Mario Bros. mustache plastered to his scalp.