8 thoughts on “To the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  1. I didn’t realize you were coming to the good ol you ess of ay. Be sure to leave your dignity with the INS on your way in ..


  2. Having recently spent a week there, I can tell you that it is absolutely wonderful. The place is jam-packed with music and art, and you can’t walk five feet without running into a historically significant location.

    As far as what is typically American, well, I only know what I’ve seen on T.V. I grew up in a very atypical midwestern state – you’d have a ball being horrified if you ever found yourself in Utah – and now live in a little enclave of unreality on the West coast.

    May I venture to recommend that you eat at the Union Oyster House? If you like seafood, that is. The building is quite old and historically significant (of course), and they serve delicious food.

  3. @Dolan: Well, yes, a joint MIT / Harvard venture, although of a small scale.

    As for the INS, I am forewarned. I might have to put on show the relevant uncircumcised part of me, to prove I am not a three-legged one.

    @Moira: many thanks for the tips.


  4. Salt Lake City, Utah, to be more specific. Home of the Latter Day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormons, who, en masse, have created a strange, state-wide culture from their religion. It looks stranger still every time I return to visit family. Indeed, I’m in for a treat this very weekend, when I see my little brother off to Iraq.

    The heathens there brew great beer, though. So there you have it – Utah: Mormons and beer. Did I answer the right question?

  5. Statewide? The Latter-day Saints are a worldwide phenom. And so is “American culture,” or what passes for it on TV.

    I wonder if there’s anything truly unique to be found anyplace anymore. No widow’s walks in the Outpost, I guess…

    Bon voyage, brave Loxias. Send us a postcard or two.

  6. The religion itself is world-wide, yes, but ask any Latter-day Saint visiting Utah for the first time, and they’ll tell you it’s a completely different phenomenon altogether.

    Unique? Perhaps not. But every place has its flavor.

  7. I just finished reading Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven, so it’s interesting to hear from someone who has lived in the middle of it. From the book it definitely seems that Utah belongs more to the LDS church than to the United States.

  8. Without going into excessive detail or ranting… yeah. The state is very much the domain of the Church, but their official stance is loyalty and obedience to the government(s).

    I hadn’t run across that title; maybe I’ll get around to perusing it some day.

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