Sunday night odds and ends

A few things online that caught my attention this week:

Alan Jacobs on reading books from the past. And a review.

Democracy vs. Epistocracy

Empathy for Teddy

Selling soap


The pandemic spiral

Learning humility from Ben Franklin

White churches and white supremacy

Socialism and the American trail system

American democracy and the U.S. postal service

Slavery and the Trail of Tears

The Jefferson Bible

Tom Seaver: “If the Mets can win the World Series, then we can get out of Vietnam.”

When the Christian Right stopped loving their neighbors

Complexity, nuance, and the removal of monuments

Jia Lynn Yang reviews James A. Monroe, Republic of Wrath: How American Politics Turned Tribal, From George Washington to Donald Trump