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The readings this week are two very different pieces.

(the image below is of tobacco sorting in the T.B. Williams Tobacco Co., Richmond)

1) A provocative chapter from belonging: a culture of place by bell hooks. You need to know something about hooks to give this piece context. About the land and the significance of the culture (agriculture) of the land. It relates to Richmond history in many ways.  hookstobacco

2) Intro from Elsewhere, U.S.A by Dalton Conley. The subtitle is “How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Honw Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety”. It was hard to choose one chapter. The chapter about Google  (Convestment…) is entertaining. elsewhere, usa

additional (not required) food for thought: If you haven’t read any poetry by the poet Wendell Berry, this is a good place to start. Here is an interview:  http://arts.envirolink.org/interviews_and_conversations/WendellBerry.html

or this:

In her recent book, Sex and Real Estate: Why We Love Houses, Marjorie Garber takes note of the strange turn of events that has made the contemporary house into a space of vicarious experience rather than a place for actual living. “We build exercise rooms instead of exercising, furnish libraries instead of reading, install professional kitchens instead of cooking.” She observes that space has become a substitute for time, “and the house becomes the unlived life…the place where we stage the life we wish we had time to live.”

more on this: imagined families

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