Victorian Seaside Kitcsh Revival

As Bloomberg sets out to make Coney Island a year-round attraction through capital investments (, many worry that the original character will be lost. Known for its historic cultural kitsch, or what Coney Island non-profit calls the “democratic cultural golden age” (, I would argue that it was Coney Island’s combination of carnival seedinessĀ  and … Continue reading

Our Nation’s Mall

Cartesian rationalism meets Disneyworld. The Mall in DC is a symmetrical summary of our nation’s accomplishments; an amusement park-like approach to American history. Khaki-clad families move strategically from space exploration (Air and Space museum) to our native brothers (American Indian museum), mentally ticking off boxes inĀ  the American identity checklist as they exit museums and … Continue reading