This week I’ve noticed that it’s cold and the weather has been changing rapidly. That’s not particularly “good.” This is January. In a more typical year, I would have long since noticed that it was cold, and the weather would not be changing much… at least not until I was surprised by a January thaw a week or two from now.… Read the rest
Benjamin Franklin’s 306th birthday was yesterday, January 17th.
I’m not an expert on the subject, but, as Walter Isaacson’s essay “What Would Ben Do?” notes, “[Franklin] has been vilified in romantic periods.” The question is how do we separate the spirit and content of romanticism from the momentary tropes of the/any “romantic period.” It its roots, perhaps there is something to this vilification: Franklin was a famed Enlightenment thinker, he tended toward the secular side of the religious spectrum, and he favored egalitarianism and social mobility.… Read the rest
Every year or so, I’ve compiled a list of “places I’d like to live before I die.” It isn’t a particularly realistic bucket list… if you have to know a place in order to have lived there, I’ve lived in both Flint and Chicago for more than a decade, and I still make unexpected discoveries about both of these places.… Read the rest