Saturday, September 01, 2007


Via Virginia Postrel, a nice reflection by Howard Husock on finding oneself in new and unfamiliar surroundings.
But so much must be so mystifying. Streets named for historical figures, headlines in the newspaper, holiday celebrations. NPR last year broadcast an oral history in which a Chinese immigrant family recalled being terrified by Halloween. One can only wonder how many have no way to understand the significance and deep feelings associated with Thanksgiving or the other occasions associated with the American civil religion, whether the birthday celebrations of Lincoln or Martin Luther King.
It has taken me a long time to learn to fully enjoy my adopted city, and much of it has been getting to suss out the small things like those above, but also, and this requires aggressive exploration, the amenities you might never have known were there. And they matter.

On the other hand we still have the mayor I voted for.



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