Some of you read my piece yesterday about small towns. Frankly, I am bit surprised by the amount of comments and e-mail this post generated. A few comments:
- I appear to have offended all the cosmopolitans.
- A few people implied that the post bordered on racism.
- Some folks have made important points about the limits of small towns.
- The Wendell Berry/agrarian crowd seemed to love the piece.
As for me, I am focused on the big District 3 soccer semi-final game on Monday night! Rather than debate the pros and cons of small towns, I will just choose to live my life in one! Go Wildcats! 🙂
At one of the stops on the Believe Me book tour someone asked me if the real divisions in our country are between rural folks and urban/suburban folks. The heavy response to this post leads me to believe that this may correct.
But I still think that the “way of improvement” can lead “home.” I still cling to the cosmopolitan rootedness I wrote about in this 2008 book and this 2003 article in the The Journal of American History.