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Way, Way Out There: The Art and Artlessness of Marfa, Texas

March 21, 2014

Southwest Texas is vast, and mostly empty.  From San Antonio to El Paso, a distance of 550 miles, no town larger than 9,000 people exists.  In the entire region, an area about the size of California, the population does not exceed that of Rhode Island. In the 1880s the region was even more uninhabited.  Yet […]

Dumped On: The Messy Truth About Love Canal, NY

October 19, 2012

The United States today is a country of two different people, liberals and conservatives. The partisan divide is stark and dramatic.  But at bottom what exactly is it that divides us?  The best definition I’ve heard comes from libertarian essayist P.J. O’Rourke who said, “Conservatives fear the government more than they do the corporations.  Liberals […]