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Link: Conspicuous Authenticity

Authenticity, Mr. Potter writes, is “a positional good, which is valuable precisely because not everyone can have it.” By competing against one another to see who is more authentic, he says, we just become bigger phonies than we were before. The local-food trend illustrates what Mr. Potter calls “conspicuous authenticity,” by which the well-heeled embark on a “perpetual coolhunt,” whether it is for authentic jeans, pristine vacation spots or mud flooring, part of the “natural building” movement. The overarching goal is less to possess the thing itself than to make a claim to refined taste and moral superiority.

(see also a discussion here.)



(see also: fresh air)

Atomic Rainbow over Honolulu

Sharing some stuff, NPR’s new Music section is great, I’m loving second stage so much. I had heard about this band, and this song, but I hadn’t really looked up the lyrics until today:

“Yeah Yeah we can all grab at the chance and be handsome farmers,
Yeah you can have twenty one sons and be blood when they marry my daughters,
And the pain that we left at the station will stay in a jar behind us.
We can pickle the pain into blue ribbon winners at county contests.”

from yeasayer’s 2080. loving the kids singing it.