A Portrait Of America On August 23rd, 2011

The fight over the Republican nomination for the 2012 presidential election heats up as the candidates struggle to differentiate themselves from each other in a crowded and divisive field. Hurricane season has begun. Katy Perry has the number one song in America with “T.G.I.G.” Newshounds obsess over minute-by-minute updates on the status of the LIbyan uprising and the fate of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. A televised roast of Charlie Sheen is still considered “entertainment” even at this late, post-cultural stage. David Letterman receives and responds to death threats. All jeans on sale. Label Missoni prepares a line of affordable designs for Target stores. The word “cassette player” is removed from the dictionary. The stock market continues to fluctuate erratically as global investors face newfound concerns about the economy. Mayor Rahm Emanuel reflects on his first 100 days in office. The New York Times publishes a recipe for Vitello Tonnato that looks very good. As the last days of summer sprint by, people are still able to stop and appreciate them while they are still here. Oh, and the September 2011 Architectural Digest cover story couple and parents of Willow and Jaden Smith BROKE UP.