• Where is America?, You don’t have to look,  America is what is happening. It’s time can begin whenever you choose, even in some made up fiction of America. Everyone has a different interpretation of America, and no-one can possibly exchange each other’s experience. Ernesto’s story of a life was vivid and very effective to imagine, […]

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  • Yesterday’s practice of being a stranger in a strange land at the Dallas Cowboy/Oakland Raider’s tailgate party was a failure. Not because it was bad (I had a great time), but because I didn’t feel like a stranger in a U.S. parking lot with Black and Latino Oakland Raider/Dallas Cowboy fans. I didn’t feel uncomfortable […]

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  • Raiders and cowboys, Young boys chanting and taunting the other team: TAPE sample: sports chants and taunts 30sec The Raiders are represented in silver and black, symbolizing pirates who invade and overtake with their steel and their destruction The Cowboys are represented in blue and white, colors extracted from the American flag, for rugged heroes […]

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  • Today is our fourth day together as 8 collaborators and after yesterday’s NFL experience it feels like we’re really starting to unpick and unravel the complexities of our notion of ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. The notion of America as a story and Americans as storytellers keeps returning and ownership over that story is what […]

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  • Today we tailgated at an NFL football game. For those of you reading this in England, tailgating is hanging out in the carpark (parking lot) of the football stadium before the game and eating food next to your car/truck. This is us tailgating out the back of Andrea’s truck:     Before we left we […]

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  • Since I’d been putting off washing my truck for about 4 years and had it with me yesterday, I decided my American activity would be to go get it washed. The car wash ended up being in one of those “one-stop-shopping” sorta places, so I figured the most American thing I could do is spend […]

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  • Sometimes people die unexpectedly and the leave behind a house full of things from their past.  Estate sales are public markets. and many people can override ethical questions about reclaiming the property of the dead by the incredible cheap deals they can get from their personal objects. Estate sales are rampant throughout America, because America […]

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  • As a child there were many experiences that followed traditional American norms that I participated in without question. On occasions I was taken to fast food restaurants for dinner, and bargain stores for school supplies. Spending and consuming is an American experience for many, and often people value bargains and illusions over the actually quality […]

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  • So we’ve done 2 days together. 10 hours in total. On day one we talked, a lot. We spoke about America, how we felt about it, what it was, where it was, what other people thought it was. Here’s some notes we made:   Then we made a list of tasks we might do over […]

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  • Something I know, but don’t think about until reading/watching something like this, is our ridiculous obsession with cars in this country. We love our cars. We name our cars. We sweet talk our cars. My mom would pat the dashboard of our ailing Dodge van as it struggled up a hill and say “Come on […]

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