Author: Erik Loomis

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This is the grave of James Polk. Born in 1795 in Pineville, North Carolina, Polk was the oldest of 10 children born to middling farmers. They weren’t particularly wealthy at that point–the reconstruction of the cabin in which he was born looks like a shack to me–but they were a slaveholding family at the same […]
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This is the grave of Martin Luther King Sr. and Alberta Williams King. Born in poverty in Stockbridge, Georgia in 1899, Michael King connected desegregation to the ministry from a young age. He decided to become a minister after hearing some other ministers speak up against the segregated society in which he was raised. That […]
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This is the grave of Zachary Taylor. Born in Orange County, Virginia to the Virginia plantation elite, Taylor’s father Richard Taylor moved the family when Zachary was young to fresh lands near what became Louisville, Kentucky. He joined the military in 1808 and was promoted to captain in 1810. He bought plantations in Kentucky and […]

Martinique

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On January 7, 2019

I am not sad to announce that I will be in Martinique for the next week. The reason for this trip? Because why not. Also, Norwegian Air’s ridiculously cheap international travel rates. I donR

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Music Notes

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On January 6, 2019
I had the privilege of seeing Mdou Moctar in Providence last week. Representing a new generation of Tuareg guitarists that is more connected to world dance music than the tradition of the elders, this was one hell of a show. The first half of the show stayed primarily in the traditionally droning Tuareg blues, which […]

Graham

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On January 6, 2019

Whatever the Russians have on Lindsey Graham, it’s got to be good. Watching him turn from faux-moderate in 2016 to screaming fascist in 2019 has been something to see. “We’re having to negot

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