Round the Blogosphere 2-14-2011

In case you missed the significance of the date in today’s title, it is indeed Valentine’s Day. If you forgot, you still have a chance to recover and to pretend you had been planning a surprise all along.

The blogosphere has been active of late, so let’s get to it, shall we?

  • As you might recall a few weeks ago, JRGordon mentioned in the news roundup an article about the proposed demolition of Miller Hall at Ole Miss. Suzassippi took a riff off of that to do a little research about Miller Hall, which she hadn’t really noticed on campus, and wrote about it on her blog. She also linked to a fascinating ESPN essay by Wright Thompson about the undefeated Ole Miss team of 1962 and how they took refuge in Miller Hall, which was the athletic dormitory, during the riots surrounding the admission of James Meredith. Thanks Susan for sharing that resource with us–I learned much from it!
  • In an extended blog essay, “Altorf,” Alan Huffman, author of a book I think every Mississippian should read, Mississippi in Africa, hunts through the scattered remains of an old recently demolished house in Issaquena County and discovers a history going back to the 1840s. The rushed demolition of the house after years of neglect adds an element of mystery to the story.
  • “Pushmataha and His Braves” by Mississippi Snopes (Flickr)

    MDAH’s Sense of Place collections blog had two posts that might be of interest to MissPresers:

  • In Jackson’s Fondren neighborhood, resident Frank Ezelle discusses his thoughts about the recently posted petition “Save the Strip Fondren,” focusing on the intersection between preservation and development in “Save the Strip in Fondren.”

Outside the state, lots of chatter about the gritty “Imported from Detroit” commercial during the Super Bowl, which highlighted the architectural jewels of the city along with the message that the city has come through hell and is on its way back. Oh, and something about a car . . .

For two opposite perspectives, see “Why That ‘Imported from Detroit’ Ad Was So Good” on The Moderate Voice and “Chrysler’s Deplorable “Detroit” Super Bowl Ad” by Mother Jones. Yes, they’re both referring to the same commercial. Even the National Trust’s blog ran a post about the commercial, “Preservation Roundup: The Keep Detroit Beautiful Edition.”

Two articles in Architectural Record about Modernist additions to older buildings caught the eye of one of my diligent correspondents:

Last but not least, the National Trust blog has run a couple of historic school-related posts recently:


That’s it for the blog roundup, but don’t forget that the Mississippi AIA’s deadline for photo submissions for their Modern Architecture Photo Contest is tomorrow, February 15! Still time to get your pictures sent off!

Categories: African American History, Schools

3 replies

  1. I absolutely LOVE the Detroit/Chrysler commercial. It’s gritty…it’s honest…but it shows the beauty of Detroit. I got pumped about rebuilding Detroit and I’ve never been there!


  2. The shorter version of the Chrysler ad, without Eminem, is more powerful and the first version I saw (I didn’t see the original during the Super Bowl; I was watching the Puppy Bowl). The first time I saw the shorter version, I said “F****** Brilliant” because it is an outstanding piece of advertising that, if it succeeds in reviving Chrysler, will go down in history as one of the greatest advertising achievements in the history of media, along side Johnson & Johnson and Absolut. That being said, if the Chrysler 200 is a terrible car, like most recent Chryslers, the ad will do little to change Chrysler’s fortunes. I’m waiting to see what Clarkson, Hammond, and May have to say about it on Top Gear before I make a judgement on the Chrysler 200.

    However, I did not read the two links about the “Imported from Detroit” ad. I was too busy hating the crapitecture featured in the Architectural Record and lamenting the destruction of Altorf in Alan Huffman’s essay.


  3. The one thing I might have changed about the ad would be to give the choir a longer shot–they stop on a dime when Eminem walks in and I can’t figure out why.

    As a friend of mine always tells me, W. White, “don’t be a hater” (but I think we’re still allowed to hate just a little bit people who destroyed Altorf . . .)


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