In my last post, we covered the first Beach Boys album, Surfin’ Safari in detail, working through each song and talking about the general themes. This time, I’d like to look at the Beach Boys releases from the year 1963 as a whole, starting with their 2nd album Surfin’ USA and finishing with their 4th album “Little Deuce Coupe”. Over this year, the Beach Boys both exploded in popularity and matured as a band.
Last week, Ryan Landry released his book Masculinity Amidst Madness, a collection of essays about the various aspects of masculinity and how they can still be realized in a world that descends into madness more and more with each passing day. For those unfamiliar with the author, Ryan Landry is the editor at American Sun and formerly the editor of Social Matter and host of Weimerica Weekly. Back in his Social Matter days, particularly in 2014-2016, I read Landry’s posts and listened to his podcast every week. Since his return to writing publicly, I’ve read his work sporadically.
As much as I don’t want Trump to lose the election this year, if he does end up losing, he will have no one to blame but himself. Trump won the 2016 election by promising to change the way things were done in Washington, and to align policy with the interests of the public. Instead, he has let the swamp fester. His biggest policy “victories” are policies the Jeb Bush’s and Hillary Clinton’s of the world could applaud if they didn’t hate all things Trump.