The salt of the earth

Descending into the heart of a mostly-empty campus, and streaks of salt point the way in: they are dragging the same memories of winter across the ground as I am. The downward wash of the streaks meets and crosses the … Continue reading

The visitor and the stranger

On Monday, I woke up early and drove to the city where I grew up, where my family still runs a Honda dealership, to have the oil changed in my car. I made it there early, under cover of darkness, … Continue reading

The problems of the impolitic prophet

In eleventh grade, in AP American Language, our task for the year was to choose an author on whose work we would develop three essays over the duration of the course. Deciding which author to marry in this way was … Continue reading

What “community” misses

While there are many virtues which pull politically in one direction or the other—liberty to the right, sustainability to the left—there are a handful which have such an allure that everyone wants to claim them. Amongst these is “community.” And … Continue reading

We crumble together

I arrived in Philadelphia by plane on Sunday afternoon, and by the time I’d finished the forty minute train ride (on the quaintly cash-only commuter line) and the twenty minute walk from the station to the musty-carpeted rented room where … Continue reading