Bloomington, Indiana: Where Belonging Is a Virtue

By Scott Russell Sanders

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.…

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