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Michigan High School Baseball Team Stranded In Florida After Spirit Cancels Flight

Just two days ago the American Customer Satisfaction Index revealed that Spirit Airlines was the worst when it comes to, well, customer satisfaction, and it seems the airline is wasting no time in confirming that it earned its low scores. Just ask the Michigan high school baseball team that had to fork over thousands of dollars for a chartered bus … [More]

The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far

No poem in the preceding decade captured the spirit of the times more than Frederick Seidel’s “December.” The product of a Faustian pact, it fixed itself in a fiendish dialectic, a self-canceling logic that likewise trapped the reader like a dying fly — in the politics of the War on Terror, in the axiomatic hell of the Bush presidency. … Read More

Meet Aquavit, a Flavorful Spirit No Longer Bound to Europe

Aquavit is on the rise, experiment with these 10 stellar bottles. Walk into most bars in the United States and the number of aquavits on the shelf will likely be zero or one. Perhaps there’s a bottle of Norwegian Linie or American Krogstad, or a dusty bottle of the no longer imported Aalborg, if the establishment doesn’t pour it often. Show More Summary

Spirit Airlines Brings Up Rear In Latest Airline Customer-Satisfaction Scores

Time Warner Cable and merger-partner Comcast have very little company among the lowest-scoring companies on the American Customer Satisfaction Index, but now that ACSI has added Spirit and Frontier to its airline rankings, TWC can no longer claim the honor of having the lowest survey score of all U.S. companies in the Index. Historically, the industry has been among … [More]

Seattle Vinyl Map Guides You to the City's Record Store Day Shops

We recommend that you don't touch this Citizen Dick single with a 10-inch pole. American author John Barth once wrote something to the effect that the true rebel is someone who always follows the law to the letter. In that spirit, the authentic record nerd is he/she who will try to hit every local music emporium possible on Record Store Day. Show More Summary

Ralph Lauren Safari : Fragrance Review

Elisa on Safari, a ’90s classic with an ’80s spirit. The ‘80s were a time that fetishized “adventure” – I grew up watching movies that took a page from Heart of Darkness, portraying Americans or Brits confronting the terrifying Other-ness of primitive African, Asian, and aboriginal cultures. Today’s audiences would find most of these films […]

American Booze Hall of Fame: The Best Spirits of the West

When it comes to the American distilling industry, most people probably think about the abundance of whiskey flowing out of Bourbon County, Kentucky, but these days, it's the American West that's making some of the most exciting spirits on the American market.

Stories of Service

“The spirit of volunteerism, one of the hallmarks of American life, has rarely been stronger than it is today…American volunteers are improving the quality of life… in the United States and working to improve the quality of life for others in distant corners of the world.” The year was 1974. Show More Summary

Hairy deals mean European animal spirits returning

Shell-BG and Nokia-Alcatel are complicated, long-mooted deals finally coming to fruition. Exor’s move is just plain ballsy. American firms powered last year’s $3.5 trln global M&A bonanza. With Old World boards and bosses becoming more daring, Europe looks set to catch up.

New poster for 'Nightmares in Red White and Blue'

This looks like a really interesting documentary on horror movies, in the spirit of "American Nightmare." Directed by Andrew Monument, the film includes interviews with George Romero, Lance Henriksen, John Carpenter, Darren Lynn Bousman, Roger Corman, Joe Dante, Larry Cohen, Brian Yuzna, Mick Garris and many others. .....

Something old, something new

2 weeks agoArts : Prospero

ASKED to help create a uniquely American ballet style, George Balanchine decided on something that would reflect the country's "cold, crystalline, luminous" spirit. Good American dancers "express clean emotion in a manner that might almost be termed angelic," said the Russian-born émigré, and good steps would help them to do it. Show More Summary

Fuel Needed to Ignite Entrepreneurial Spirit

Chicago's African American community is unrivaled in its burning entrepreneurial spirit. It began with Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, the city's founder and first recorded resident, and has continued with business icons including John H. Show More Summary

Do GOP Frontrunners Have an Iran policy Besides Sanctions and Bombs?

2 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

President Barack Obama’s negotiations with Iran to ensure that its nuclear enrichment program remains purely civilian, for generating electricity, ought to be bipartisan in spirit. Achieving that goal would benefit all Americans.

Bourbon and Spicy Condiments Combine For the World's Greatest Bloody Mary

Mixologist David Castagnetti of Firefly in Studio City, CA, has done bourbon-lovers a serious service by creating a Bloody Mary starring the American spirit. His version is seriously spicy - with the addition of Japanese togarashi pepper and Korean gochujang red pepper paste. Show More Summary

Fresh-to-market masterworks define American Fine Art Auction at Heritage

3 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

George Wesley Bellows? turbulent and brooding Storm Sea, 1913, a haunting homage to Winslow Homer that encapsulates Maine?s untamable spirit, could sell for $150,000 in Heritage Auctions? May 2 American Fine Art Auction. The auctions brings together a cavalcade of works by the country?s most revered painters. Show More Summary

World's Best Whisky

It's currently awards season for distilled spirits, with results from major industry contests like the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, The Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the American Distilling Institute, Wine Enthusiast's Wine Stars and the World Whiskies Awards all announcing winners in the past week or two. Show More Summary

American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Competition 2015: Complete List of Winners

I helped judge some of these (though it was all blind, so I’m not entirely sure which ones), so if you don’t like the winners, you can go ahead and blame me. Congrats to the many winners at this year’s… Continue reading ? The post American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Competition 2015: Complete List of Winners appeared first on Drinkhacker.

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