The Restless West
As I get ready to leave the Prairies, after three years in Western Canada, I am reminded of Jonathan Raban’s essay in Granta on the particularly North American relationship with landscape, a more primary relationship. This, after all, is a place settled only recently. It is still a place of migration, where the unvarnished wild is, unlike Raban’s native England, still visible....
Third Culture Kids
Whenever you begin to research a particular topic—the U.S. debt ceiling crisis, say, or Emerita analoga (a.k.a. the Pacific sand crab)—two things happen. First, your curiosity leads you down alleys paved with often fascinating, sometimes irrelevant, information. Second, your journey turns labyrinthine, and sooner or later (usually sooner), you wind up at Wikipedia. Which was how, as I waded...