MY COUNTRY, 'TIS OF THEE... 

MY COUNTRY, 'TIS OF THEE...

Memphis publisher J. Mignonne Wright has scored a fairly large coup. Her startup publication American Magazine makes its national debut this week on the prestigious shelves of Wal-Mart. Wright has been quoted as saying, "We want to help people reconnect with the reality of what is positive about America." And what is so positive about America that will capture the imagination of a nation and reconnect us with "reality"? Accord ing to the AP, the first issue of American Magazine offers pointers on "how to get to know your neighbors by throwing a block party," an essay on "what makes America so special," and our personal favorite, "an article on how Collinsville, Illinois, became home of the worlds largest ketchup bottle." Screw that statue in New York harbor; nothing says America like a giant bottle of ketchup looming over some Midwestern town like a blazing red colossus. Do you have goosebumps yet?

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