It is back to school time, which evokes both misery and nostalgia in so many of us. I used to get new clothes, shoes, and school supplies at this time. Along with Christmas and my birthday, it was one of the few times of the year that I was able to indulge in American consumerism. I also love the transition in the weather. After the dog days, the cooler, cleaner days of September make me happy to be alive. The smell of the air hints that autumn is close, with its delights of the harvest, but not yet. September has its own, pleasant feel, mixed with memories of lunch boxes and bus rides on misty mornings.
I was not sure how to file the following site, but I think that it fits the “anthropology” category. It examines an odd aspect of our society, and it offers some sage advice: 100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School. As I have written before, as in “A Place for Us” and “Burnham’s Liberalism Test,” a healthily constituted society finds a place for all of its members. This applies to the bright as well as to the dull. I wonder if one of the reasons for the perpetuation of empire throughout history is to find such a niche for the talented—in war and then in provincial administration.