Our Summer 2018 issue featured a new essay by Southern Indiana-based author Scott Russell Sanders. In our latest Magazine Classic, revisit one of the first works he published in our pages.
Our national allegiance to the monetary bottom line threatens to negate other measures of personal and communal wealth. What’s being sacrificed to the cult of money?
How wide a circle and who’s inside? And other questions facing us all, begging better answers.
What do we make of a universe saturated with an extravagance of beauty?
Until I was in my late 20s, I didn’t know how to answer the question strangers often ask one another in this land of nomads: Where are you from? I could say that I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but my family moved away from there before I started school. I could say that I spent my school years in the country outside of Ravenna, Ohio, but my family left there before I started college. I could say that I went to college in Providence, Rhode Island, and to graduate school in Cambridge, England, but every time I completed a degree I moved on. So I really wasn’t from Memphis, despite the accident of birth, nor was I from Ravenna, Providence or Cambridge, much as those places had influenced me.…