: "Revolutionary Road," based on Richard Yates's 1961 novel of the same name, is the latest entry in a long stream of art that portrays the American suburbs as the physical correlative to spiritual and mental death.
posted by kliuless
on Dec 29, 2008 -
is a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962 that lampoons the development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois conformist values. 
During the first season of the Showtime series Weeds
, Malvina's original recording
was used during the opening credits. In the second season, the song was performed by a different artist each episode — Elvis Costello
, Death Cab for Cutie
, Engelbert Humperdinck
, Kate and Anna McGarrigle
, Maestro Charles Barnett
, Aiden Hawkin
, The Submarines
, Tim DeLaughter
, Regina Spektor
, and Jenny Lewis
. [Malvina's recording was used again for the season finale.] Randy Newman
just kicked off the third season, which the network promoted with a Little Boxes
music video contest. Kevin Nealon
and Romany Malco
were notable among the participating cast members
posted by Poolio
on Aug 14, 2007 -
I know this has been on everyone's
mind, but I just read this
article today and was astounded at my lack of foresight.
Silly me, here I was worrying about global warming when what I need to be fretting about is the decrease in fuel's impact on the structure of international banking!
Will we run out of fossil fuel before it's too late
to save the environment
from pollution and greenhouse gasses? The abiotic nuts
think we've got plenty more.
Personally, I think we can kiss the marvel that is suburbia goodbye
and start contemplating the fact that the focus on the post-post industrial revolution will not be information, but rather agriculture
And since solar panels and windmills and the like are made of materials that are extracted, transported, and fashioned by using oil-powered machinery, my money's on the folks who're stockpiling uranium
for all those shiny new nuclear plants we're going to need.
So, do we have a plan? You bet we do!
Oh. Well, we'll just rely on the advancement of technology
to allow us to weasel out of it!
Me? I've actually always wanted a horse
posted by Specklet
on Apr 14, 2005 -
Do Cars force us to give up the outdoors?
In jail, prisoners are stuck indoors and aren't allowed to go outside except for an hour at most. But are the car-driving residents of the average American suburb consigned to the same fate? "You go from the box garage in the house to the box car, driving down the street, not touching anything or being part of your environment" says Jessica Denevan. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Sep 16, 2003 -