Author: Erik Loomis

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This is the grave of Thelonious Monk. Born in 1917 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Monk’s family moved to New York in 1922, part of the Great Migration that took millions of African-Americans out of the South and to what they hoped were better opportunities in northern cities. He started playing the piano as a […]
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Rents

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On August 31, 2017
I’m a long-term renter, largely for reasons out of my control, which is the vagaries of academia, including having a spouse who lives several hundred miles away. I would like to buy at some point, but it’s not really feasible given the general life instability. But rental prices in Providence have really skyrocketed over the […]
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As Charlie Pierce discusses, it’s maybe not such a great idea to not only have the nation’s 4th largest city, but also critical parts of the American infrastructure in an area that will be repeatedly annihilated by climate change-enhanced superstorms. Item: And this one may be my favorite, which is to say, the one that […]
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This is the grave of Alexander Wilson. The Father of American Ornithology, Wilson was born in 1766 in Scotland. He was not wealthy and was apprenticed as a weaver at the age of 7. But inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns, Wilson began writing poetry of his own, some of it very political and […]

Pivoting

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On August 29, 2017

I love that the elite can never fail or be held accountable anymore because they can just announce they are “pivoting” to a new position and everyone will take them seriously. It is indeed

Tots

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On August 29, 2017

For those of you on the east coast, your working day may be concluding and you are considering your evening plans and food. Perhaps a trip to the bar is in order. And perhaps you will have the option

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