Unrequired Reading: Aug. 22, 2008

Summer’s nearly over, but there are plenty of oddball links to carry you through another week! Just click more!

Did Hillary Clinton run the worst campaign since, um, John Kerry?

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I had no idea Ruth’s Chris originated in New Orleans. I do know that they cheat by adding the butter late for that sizzling noise when they bring you your steak.

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No better headline this week than Gowanus, Where Irony Meets Hope.

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But Pimp My Prefab comes close.

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This one’s pretty good, too. (But combine it with this concept and you have a-w-e-s-o-m-e.)

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Dag. I thought Star Wars died after The Phantom Menace. (No, I never saw Send in the Clones or the last one.)

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Frankly, I didn’t even know Australians could read.

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Another beautiful photo discovered by Shorpy.

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Dan Drezner has a neat post on trends in authoritarian capitalist states, a concept I was interested in but didn’t have a name for until I saw an article in Foreign Affairs on it last year by Azar Gat, who has the coolest name in this week’s UR.

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New Jersey: a state of mind and/or a state of ruin. (And having too many independent newspapers in the state has led to a lack of coverage, Gov. Corzine?)

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Greater returns and less risk! What the opposite of smart?

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Michael Bierut on the new movie about Philippe Petit? What’s not to love? (My own Petit-post c.2005 is over here.)

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