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I thoroughly enjoyed Kevin's piece today decrying the whole notion that any part of America is more "real" than the other. This paragraph is particularly good: Russell Kirk, describing his "canons of conservative thought," argued that to be a conservative is to appreciate genuine diversity, "the proliferating variety and mystery of human existence, as opposed to the narrowing uniformity, egalitarianism, and utilitarian aims of most radical systems." Comment?
It is a depository of national treasures and a national treasure in and of itself. It is the world's largest system of museums - 19 museums, nine research centers, 138 million items in the archive, etc. Comment?
A couple of years ago, I got my front teeth knocked out by a combination of bad decisions and gravity. I had never so much as seen the inside of a dentist's office, so I didn't really know what to expect. Comment?
H. L. Mencken and Mark Twain both could be uproariously funny and charming - and Twain could be tender from time to time, though Mencken could not or would not - but at the bottom of each man's deep well of humor was a brackish and sour reserve of hatred, for this country, for its institutions, and for its people. Neither man could forgive Americans for being provincial, backward, bigoted, anti-intellectual, floridly religious, or for any of the other real or imagined defects located in the American character. Comment?
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