Lindsay Zoladz on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” (1984)
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In my 2012, there wasn’t an Independence Day. You lose a day when you fly over the Atlantic, and early on the morning of July 4, at an hour when nobody barbecues and the sky is too bright for fireworks, I got on a plane to Denmark. On long international flights, at a distance of 30,000 feet, the concepts that usually order our lives—clocks, mealtimes, holidays—have a way of first becoming abstract, and then seeming downright absurd. So I cannot even pinpoint exactly where I was (above Iceland seems as good a guess as any) the precise moment that the most quintessentially American holiday turned to a metaphysical speck and then quietly disappeared.
Really enjoyed this & yes this is the first I’m hearing about this passport business.
Here is something I wrote about Bruce Springsteen, passport agency red tape and New Jersey for Rachael Maddux’s great Unbest project. It wasn’t supposed to have a title but if it was I would have called it “A Little Hometown Jam.”