Born Restless

Paired with my fascination with place is a fascination with movement: there is just so much of America–so much of the world–to see, and I don’t want to miss much of it. This is something we’ve covered a good bit…

Getting lost in the iPhone Age

Boyce told me this week that I can go home again, but that assumes I remember how to get there. I flew into Philadelphia two weeks ago, and this week I drove back to Wooster, Ohio, for the holidays. Now,…

Arguing with the Weather

Arguing with the Weather

Talk, talk, talk:  the utter and heartbreaking stupidity of words. –William Faulkner, Mosquitoes Since I moved to England last year, I have a hard time talking about anything other than the weather. I start most conversations by griping about the…

Dig a Hole to China

My roommates and I were all just comparing our common belief from childhood that a hole dug straight down would take us to China. We decided to verify this belief, and a quick Google search unveiled this map. Now that…

The Wars of Reunification

If all the fifty states went to war, how would yours do? Thanks to the nerdiness of Internet message boards, we’ve now got one potential answer. In response to that question– If every state of the USA declared war against each…

Digital Poetry about Places

Writing about an online game called Dwarf Fortress, Boyce recently posed the question of how we read and write–how we create and interact with what we create–in the digital age. It got me thinking about two pieces of online literature…

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Notes from the Storm, in Six Zip Codes

Back in July a flash rainstorm that hit New York City got me thinking about weather. “Weather is something not many of this site’s stories have touched on, but it is such an essential aspect of our experience of place…

A nation of swing states

Mostly I’ve just been annoyed at the election–time to get the thing over, and stop hearing pandering soundbites. I’ve spent the meantime telling myself that the fact that my vote matters (Ohio baby!) is a reflection of my moral character–like…

Until We’re Eagles All

Until We’re Eagles All

Two weeks ago, I helped build a bonfire as part of a series of welcome events for new graduate students on my scholarship. We were lucky enough to have a full moon and an atypically clear English sky. We had…

Movies that I live

Movies that I live

I never dreamed I would live in a world that knows what Rhode Island is. Almost my entire extended family lived in the Ocean State while I grew up in Connecticut, the son of a Rhode Island native and another…