There is no evading the fact that we human beings have a profound need for ‘thereness,’ for visible and tangible things that persist and endure, and thereby serve to anchor our memories in something more substantial than our thoughts and emotions.
Thus spake co-editor Wilfred M. McClay, whose new book is reviewed by Jonathan Coppage here — The Localist Manifesto
. "That essential 'thereness' drained out of American life over the 20th century, which makes a recovery of place an urgent project for the 21st century," the reviewer writes, "The lesson to be gleaned from this book is: centralization is bad, but centeredness is good."
Labels: America the Beautiful, Localism