Category Archives: Culture

Wild Wild Web

I’ve often wondered what a top-side view of the evolution of Internet/information technology over the past 15 years would look like (well, not often, but sometimes I think about it). A Very Short list clued me into this handy chart, made by a motley crew of tech junkies at places like Google and GOOD, which tackles that very topic. To paraphrase the lovely ladies of En Vogue, it’s time for a (web browser/application/search engine) breakdown.


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Cheerwine’s Last Stand

Photo: James Mann

If you haven’t already voted in Garden & Gun‘s Southern soda poll, this is your chance to ensure soft drink supremacy for your favorite regional pop once and for all. Though I admit to being partial to Cheerwine (so boringly mainstream, I know), I learned enough about Kentucky’s Ale-8 One (pronounce “A Late One”) while researching the article to carve out a little corner of my drinking heart for this under-the-radar soft drink. Ordinarily, we Southerners call everything “Coke” and then get more specific from there, as in: “What kind of Coke do you want?” “Mountain Dew. Thanks.” But given the recent fascination with our made-in-the-South sodas, it’s only right we start showing some respect and calling these beverages by their given names.

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Derby Days

This weekend’s a big one here in New York City. Lots of Southerners will be donning Lilly-or-louder dresses and ties, freshly laundered seersucker suits, and royal wedding–worthy hats to celebrate the annual running of the ponies at Churchill Downs. In Manhattan, folks will be gathering at Eleven Madison Park, Smack Mellon, and all of the other great locations throughout the five boroughs that serve heavily-liquored-sweating-cold mint juleps.

But we’re not the only ones. In fact, I won’t even be in the city this weekend. I’ll be down in South Carolina celebrating the lovely ladies in my family, and watching the Derby with some hometown friends. Where will you be gathering this Saturday? Please tell me how you celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style. And send pictures! I’ll be posting a gallery of the best shots on my Garden & Gun blog, Southern in the City, next week. Email me at

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Fry-Fry Chicky-Chick

If you haven’t seen self-described fried chicken obsessive Aziz Ansari break down his unique food lingo on Parks and Recreation, please break away from the coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death for 30 seconds to watch this clip. You’ll never look at eggs or rice the same way again.


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Kate to Wills: WINNING!

Photo: AP/Getty Images

Photo: David Levenson/Getty Images

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Chick-Fil-A Announces Sunday Opening

The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived.


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Remembering Hunter S. Thompson

From the book Gonzo.

On this date in 2005, Kentucky-born Gonzo godfather Hunter S. Thompson died. As we remember all of the past and present Presidents who have made this country the good, bad, beautiful nation we call home, we should also take a moment to remember the writers, poets, artists, artisans, tradesmen, service men and women, and ordinary civilians outside the Beltway who have contributed to America’s greatness along the way, as well.


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