One Nation Under Sex.
Pornographer and free speech
activist Larry Flynt
is no stranger to politics
, hypocritical politicians
, or to writing books
But his latest project "One Nation Under Sex", co-written by Columbia lecturer David Eisenbach
, and subtitled How the Private Lives of Presidents and First Ladies Shaped America
, is nothing less than "a sweeping account of how the sex lives of American presidents have had a tangible effect on American policy and history."
Gawker has posted the book's proposal
online. [All links SFW.]
Beyond the Playing Field:
Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights Advocate. (more inside)
The President Calling:
American Radioworks (MPR) explores the secret phone tapes of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. AFAIK, the content is all previously available, but online, they've packaged and annotated
it for ease of use. It's not exhaustive, but the moments picked out are often illuminating, showing "how each man used one-on-one politics to shape history." You might want to start here.
(November 5, 1781 - November 3, 1782), Elias Boudinot
(November 4, 1782 - November 2, 1783), Thomas Mifflin
(November 3, 1783 - June 3, 1784), Richard Henry Lee
(November 30, 1784 - November 22, 1785), John Hancock
(November 23, 1785 - June 5, 1786), Nathaniel Gorham
(June 1786 until January 1787), Arthur St. Clair
(February 2 , 1787 - January 21, 1788), and Cyrus Griffin
(January 22, 1788 – April 29, 1789)--under The Articles of the Confederation
Everything you know is wrong--George Washington was the 9th President
--or 8th, depending on how you call it on John Hancock's term
. [More inside]
Through rose-tinted spectacles?
It's media waffle for a quiet news day, and comes on the back of a wave of nostalgia, but Reagan's "victory" in this latest poll feels like the triumph of selective memory, and of the desire to reassociate the presidency with jelly-bean eating. (FDR trails in fifth, and there's no mention of Woodrow Wilson, though Carter and Nixon get a look-in.) Which makes me wonder: does the US have a clear sense of its history, as far as Presidents are concerned?
In the spirit of the American Memory Digital Library
or Duke's Digital Scriptorium
, the American Museum of the Moving Image
has a new exhibit called The Living Room Candidate
- a comprehensive collection of presidential campaign ads since the 1950's.
Jerry's Ranking of the U.S. Presidents
- Think fast! Who was the better President, Franklin Pierce or John Tyler? Time's up! It's Tyler. Of course, this guy also says that Clinton is better than Lincoln, so I guess that's the problem. Tyler has nothing on Pierce anyways....