Technology is a Persistent Rabbit Hole http://johnmiedema.com/?p=624
Books that can only be read once, books that cannot be read in one life time and the largest, aforementioned group: books that don’t exist.
"For this reader follows the poet …. the way a hunter follows his prey” – Herman Hesse
Now also publishing final versions of my best essays at Medium https://medium.com/…/people-of-the-book-people-of-the-inter…
People of the Book, People of the Internet
Matthew and I went to the Minister’s house after church on Sunday. We grew up together. At age eighteen we were getting ready to stand with our peers before the congregation and recite the Profession of Faith, a commitment to the church and its authority. The classes were pleasant social events with coffee and boterkoek (butter cake) and light discussion of the Nicene Creed, yet I developed a sick feeling as they went along. I worried how casually I had wandered in the faith, agreeing to believe.
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“Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” by Arlie Russell Hochschild
What the hell happened in the USA in 2016? I gaped at the anger that kicked liberals in the teeth on election night. Take that f’ers. Confused, I made an effort to better understand the right. I asked questions with an open mind. What I got was disturbing: “the Koran orders Muslims to kill us”, “climate change is just weather.” What bothered me most was the cold anger, now thaw...ing under a Trump star. Just as I was about to slink back into my echo chamber I came across an important book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. A Berkeley liberal, Hochschild spent five years in arch-conservative Louisiana, bayou country, listening to what the other side had to say.
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