The Big City

”The more susbtantial an individual’s aesthetic experience is, the sounder his taste, the sharper his moral focus, the freer—though not necessarily the happier—he is.."

Duke Ellington, April 29, 1899.

This is about the best of America, and this, not the middle-aged white guys in midwestern diners that David Brooks and those who want to be him talk with (or invent) to get the pulse of “real” America, this is the real America.

“I strongly disagree with much of…this essay…but it’s incredibly well-written and thought-provoking, and definitely worth a read. This is the kind of writing that I would hold up as a perfect example of why blogs are not merely fun and interesting, but also serious and important.”

Judd Greenstein

“I dig the jacket!”

Kurt Elling

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