2009 Fives, Part 1: Culture
Salim Nourallah released Constellation, Ciphers (edit: oops that was actually the end of ‘08), produced Rhett Miller, became a man with a more-than-respectable catalog and further established himself as the reigning godfather of Dallas music.
Old single women living alone in interesting houses. Particularly, Dallas’ own Ronnie Claire Edwards (here is a street view of the property–I rode by it just the other day) and Pennsylvania’s recently departed Violet Hobaugh (here are some pictures of her home–Laura Kicey’s photographs are how I discovered this story, which takes place really close to where I grew up–in fact I undoubtedly rode by her house a few times, 17 years ago).
Irony ate itself. Hipsters, as a cultural race, have mostly died off. Maybe it didn’t happen this year, maybe it hasn’t really happened (and it’s just my perception), but it seems like a decent swath of our cultural tastemakers and coolhunters looked around, took a deep breath, and realized they weren’t getting any younger and that the simple life can be good…
Honorable mentions: Type, whitespace, harmonies.
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