Sam Blanc

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Ghosts in the Land of Plenty

Image by Daniel Gordon<p>Why don’t we stop lying? Why don’t we deal with reality? Race is easy—class is hard. That politically incorrect, …

Man Caves

These Nine People Gave Up the Middle-Class Dream. Was It Worth It?

One might think the house would look different from the others. It doesn’t, really—there are rows of peaked, double-wide Victorians just like it on …

Eden: A Gated Community

The plot contains elements of Lost Horizon and Heart of Darkness, Fitzcarraldo and The Tempest. After making a fortune as founder of North Face and Esprit, Douglas Tompkins embraced the principles of deep ecology. Then, forsaking civilization, he bought a Yosemite-sized piece of wilderness in …

The Post-Recession Homelessness Epidemic

In America’s fastest-recovering cities, increasing numbers of families are finding themselves without a place to call home.<p>Published on Jul 21, …

BROKE

1.<p>One of my earliest memories is of a burned-down Wendy's. My dad was a regional manager and had to take me because through some confluence of …

How Do You Speak American? Mostly, Just Make Up Words

<i>John F. Kennedy knew how to speak American. (Image: NASA/Wikimedia)</i><p>Nearly a century ago, just after World War I had ended, there was a groundswell of …

Language

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

<b>There’s this video</b> that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …