So summer officially began yesterday, traditionally inaugurating a season of cheesy beach music. Believe I’ll go in a different direction, starting with Patti Smith’s rather unusual vision of a summer trip to Georgia, or Hell, or the carnivorous love of her fans, or all of the above: “Summer Cannibals,” as performed on Letterman in 1996. Pretty sure that’s Tom Verlaine on guitar.
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
Hayden SchiffWhat Republicans Are Learning From Democrats About FundraisingThe GOP is attempting to replicate the success of small-dollar donations online.