The strange obscurity of Eugene Burdick

Mark Pack explains why the work of a now almost forgotten political novelist is worth seeking out... A best-selling author shifting millions of books in the post-war decades, a renowned public intellectual, a friend of celebrities such as Marlon Brando, a highly respected political scientist and famous enough to feature in ... Read More...

The Boll Weevil Monument

'Fear no weevil' is the motto of this Alabama town, a place that likes weevils so much they've even built a monument to them. Another strange Wikipedia article discovered by the Wikiworm... The Boll Weevil Monument in downtown Enterprise, Alabama, United States is a prominent landmark and tribute erected by the citizens of Enterprise in 1919 ... Read More...

Lemon Icebox Pie

A tasty, trashy treat for you today as American expat Misti Traya goes back to her country roots to show us how to make a lemon ice box pie. Misti's post recently won the 2014 Young British Foodies award for food writing... It’s no secret some of my family can be ... Read More...

Fear Itself

Fear is always with us, says Rita in her latest dispatch from the States, and sometimes it's justified... “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s words are among the most well known American sound bites of the 20th century. They are often interpreted as ... Read More...

The Attempted Killer Who Came to Tea

After moving to London, Misti Traya was determined to bring some American neighbourliness with her. She soon learned the error of her ways... When I first moved to London, my English husband gave me a copy of Kate Fox’s Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour. This might seem ... Read More...

American Blood

Douglas Dalrymple considers American attitudes to genealogy and knowing one's place... Uncle Marv numbers his socks with permanent marker, “1” for left and “2” for right. That way he gets each one on the correct foot and his toes are happy. He’s retired now but used to work on computers for ... Read More...

Snob City

Rita discovers that the town where she used to work has been voted the second snobbiest in America... The dog days of summer are traditionally silly season for the news media here as soaring temperatures drive political discourse into the stratosphere of the absurd and inspire heat-stressed Americans to act out ... Read More...