|A real American smile...|
- The LA Review of Books blog has a story about jazz and ladies who jam, and how jazz has typically been unwelcoming of women performers.
- The Atlantic has an interesting story on why Americans smile so much, when it's not something that other countries and cultures usually engage in. Spoiler alert: it has to do with our history of immigration and a need for nonverbal communication.
For today's musical hit, we have Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne and "No Frauds"
Today's critical rolls: If you're American, do you smile a lot? Why or why not? And if you're not American, do you think Americans smile too much? What's the custom regarding smiles in your country?
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