The Fair

Went to the Minnesota State Fair today. Minnesota’s State Fair is one of the largest in the country, perhaps the largest. Many people from out of state remark on it; they often know it by reputation and speak admiringly of it, while at the same time drawing you into the fact that their own state’s fair is paltry, as if the grandiloquence of Minnesota’s were at fault. As if it were using up all available fair magnitude. Read more “The Fair”

Animals in the Yard

Homeownership promised to be an education: in repairs, in responsibility, in acclimatization to the guillotine of massive debt. An unexpected outcome, though, has been acquiring an appreciation for what inspired Beatrix Potter, E.B. White and other children’s authors to write stories of the common critters that live in yards and their purlieus—animals with names, personalities, families, conflicts, and crises. Read more “Animals in the Yard”