Week 11 Miscellany, Extra Credit Week 12 Links

A few loose ends to tie up from today’s session:

The 1972 Indiana Primary was a Humphrey win, 47%-41% over Wallace, with Ed Muskie getting the remaining 12%. Governor Wallace’s campaign ended two weeks later when he was shot by Arthur Bremer in Maryland.

Jeff mentioned our recently crowned poet laureate, Philip Levine, as something of a working class poet. Levine grew up in Detroit and worked at the Chevrolet Gear and Axle Factory. His page at poets.org has a bio and links to some of his poems and prose. Try Coming Close as a “work poem” and see Overhand the Hammers Swing for Levine’s take on the poetry of work.

Mimi mentioned a new book by Anita Hill – here, with video, is a brief interview with Professor Hill that covers the book and more.

I hunted around for a good Haggard compilation and am pleased to recommend this one: Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard. It’s not quite the whole career – he hasn’t had a major label deal in some time, and there’s no collection of the later stuff, but this has twenty-six songs for less than 40¢ each, hardly a dud in the bunch. Haggard has a brand new (October 2011) CD out on Vanguard Records, Working in Tennessee, and he wrote or co-wrote all but one of its dozen songs, so he’s still hard at work. He’s got a tour next spring that gets him to Torrington, Connecticut on April 19.

Finally, a few links on the current state of migration in the U. S. I’m not formally adding them to our “required” reading list, but they’re mostly short and one is fun to play with.

From Atlantic Magazine’s excellent “Cities” section, here’s Richard Florida with The Geography of Stuck, in which we see which states have the largest proportion of native-born residents, and what it might mean.

Next, a November 15, 2011 U. S. Census Bureau press release, chock full of links to tons of data on population mobility in the U. S. The bottom line? We don’t get around much any more.

For a thoughtful contrarian view on the Census Report, read Rortybomb’s Mike Konczal here. He takes a quick look at what might be going on underneath the numbers – it’s the kind of thing some of you suggested we might want to talk about next week.

Finally, Forbes Magazine did an interactive graphic that lets you see, for any U. S. county, where people came from when they moved in and where they went when they moved out. Click the map and have fun. Just click any county when the map loads.

B got to pick the video today: he chose Merle Haggard’s Today I Started Loving Her Again. Haggard first recorded this in 1968, but this performance is from 1997. Please enjoy!


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