american countryside


TRUMP COUNTY USA: Where Rural Americans now have the power to pick our presidents. They just chose a politician who’s unwilling and unequipped to help them.

By Henry Grabar

In short, the metropolis has economic power but little political power. The American countryside has limited economic power but vast political power. It’s always been true, but this year’s electoral map shows the gap is wider than ever. There are many explanations for what happened on Election Day, but the simplest one is this: We now have a rural party and an urban party.

The rural party won. And it won on a Trump-ish promise—stop immigration, close the door on refugees—that threatens metropolitan success and undermines rural America’s best hope for an economic renaissance.

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America. South Bend, Indiana. 

People Of 1939 View The World of Tomorrow - Photo: Corbis (via WIRED)

General Motors’ Futurama exhibit let visitors view the world of tomorrow from comfortable, moving chairs while touring a vast scale model of the American countryside. Covering more than 35,000 square feet, Futurama was the largest scale model ever constructed, including more than 500,000 buildings, 1 million trees and 50,000 motor vehicles — many in motion.

In Poppyland
John Ottis Adams (American; 1851–1927)
Oil on canvas
David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie, Indiana

reasons why “The King Is Dead” by The Decemberists is one of the most Raven Cycle album ever*

  • the title.
  • it was the first American folk-influenced/sounding album of the band after three albums that were more British folk revival ish.
  • Honestly it just sounds very folk countryside American? and what I pictured reading the books.
  • Don’t Carry It All is a Gansey song:
    • Buried wreath of trillium and ivy
      Laid upon the body of the boy
      Lazy will the long come from it’s hiding
      Return his quiet certitude to the soil
      So raise a glass to turnings of the season
      And watch it as it arcs towards the sun
      And you must bear your neighbor’s burden within reason
      And your labors will be borne when all is done

  • Rise To Me is just. such an Adam song:
    • Hey Henry, can you hear me,
      let me see those eyes
      this distance, between us
      can seem a mountain size
      but boy, you are gonna stand your ground
      they rise to you you’ll blow them down
      let me see you stand your ground
      they rise to you you’ll blow them down

  • All Arise! is the Ronan song:
    • You spit thick and you cross your heart
      But the culvert’s all run dry
      From keeping shotgun shy all arise
      Just be mine tonight
      So the dollar shot shot broke the law and they knocked you down
      Better call the coppers if you need someone to push you around
      But you keep on stealin’
      You keep on stealin’
      Yes, you keep on stealin’
      Well, there’s nothing left to steal
  • June Hymn is Blue’s song; also, just Henrietta and its magic in general:
    • Here’s a hymn to welcome in the day
      Heralding a summer’s early sway
      And all the bulbs all coming in,
      To begin
      The thrushes bleating battle with the wrens
      Disrupts my reverie again
      Pegging clothing on the line
      Training jasmine how to vine
      Up the arbor to your door,
      And more
      You’re standing on the landing with the war
      You shouldered all the night before

  • … and January Hymn is Noah’s.
    • Hail the winter days after dark
      Wandering the gray memorial park
      A fleeting beating of hearts
      What were the words I meant to say before she left?
      When I could see her breath lead where she was going to
      Maybe I should just let it be
      And maybe it will all come back to me

  • The rest of the songs can definitely fit minor characters or just the gang in general, too (especially Dear Avery, could fit any of the main characters, and Why We Fight)
  • it’s just a great album

* that I’ve known and listened to numerous time. It might be because of how important this album is to me, though, and I love linking things I like together.