Audere Magazine loves holidays, and there is nothing we love more than barbecues and Coney Island fireworks. So we love the 4th of July.
What should you read while you are waiting for your grilled meat? Audere has published some funny, enlightening and thought-provoking reflections on our most sacred secular holiday.
The world’s first comic strip was Richard F. Outcault’s beautiful The Yellow Kid. Take a look at what a 19th century July 4th was like in the Kid’s tenement neighborhood. Not much has changed, after all.
This year, we asked: “The government is not looking out for you. In fact, it seems like they’re doing everything they can to make your life harder. So why would you want to celebrate America this July 4?” Audere has a few suggestions.
For July 4th, Audere Magazine presents a couple of poems, by Amy Lowell and Emma Lazarus, and a painting and drawing by Winslow Homer. And, as an added bonus, an eerie and haunting photo of Aberdeen, on July 4, 1892. Enjoy.
In Time Magazine a few years back, columnist Ira Stoll argued that July 4 is a religious holiday. And in the pages of Audere, our own columnist Alon Preiss pondered the implications of such an idea.
We Love Coney Island on July 4!
Boy, do we love Paul’s Daughter, the beachside joint in Coney Island with the endearing name and no-frills vibe. We especially love it on July 4, under the fireworks. Here’s a little photographic tribute to one of our favorite unsung landmarks.
Finally, four years ago, from Florida, the late thriller novelist and pundit Alan N. Levy, author of The Tenth Plague, wrote, “The fireworks on the 4th were spectacular. And you already know how much I adore hot dogs. But I also have a deep respect for our military personnel, whether they are white or black, red, yellow or any shade thereof, whether they are of a particular religion, or they practice none at all.” He went on to remember a few. Read the whole column here.
Happy Independence Day, our readers.