Princeton University has released a website called Digital Einstein, containing many writings by Albert Einstein that were previously unknown by the general public. Among these is a Manifesto To The Europeans, which begins with the declaration that, “technology and traffic clearly drive us toward a factual recognition of international relations, and thus toward a common […]
The autocomplete feature of Google describes the most common searches containing a phrase. The most common searches about Thanksgiving Day, being thankful, being grateful (and their negations) give us a bit of a glimpse into the cultural concerns we give about Thanksgiving. Here are the Google autocomplete results about Thanksgiving Day that appeared on Thanksgiving […]
Even out of full context, this sign by the side of the road in rural inland Maine is historically striking to me. In full context, the shift it represents is even more striking:
Any new political organization ought to be leading us away from the prejudices that have dominated American politics in the past, rather than exploiting them for its own political purposes. We Need Smith fails this test. […]
Guns, wedding gowns, cold beer. I think one of these things at Hussey’s General Store in Windsor, Maine does not belong with the other two, but I can’t decide which it is.
This is the opposite of what happens in the big cities, where specialty shops like Filipino groceries or antique travel book shops […]
When our society’s seekers of knowledge, conquest or material objects talk about their ultimate goals, they often appeal to crusading and questing metaphors that can take on religious overtones. Some place themselves in the role of old Sir Galahad, speaking of their object as “the Holy Grail of” something or other, even when that object […]
Cars are doing us more harm than good.
Cars pollute the air and water. They clutter up the land with roadways and parking lots.
Cars encourage not just the burning of fossil fuels, but drilling, too, resulting in significant ecological degradation.
Cars fill our neighborhoods with noise. They slam into pedestrians and bicyclists, making it […]