On Creativity and History, or Imagining an Unimaginable Future

[sharethis-inline-buttons] In 1978, in a fit of optimism that civil rights had arrived and would never retreat, the southern writer Walker Percy, told a Georgia audience, Like most great historical changes, the change happens before our inkling of it and before its consequences begin to dawn on us. His shortsightedness on race in America notwithstanding,

David Brooks and the Myth of Pre-Political Land

Friday, at the New York Times, David Brooks waded into environmental history. I haven’t seen environmental historians reacting to his column, “This American Land,” which is a curiosity, since our field rarely appears on the Times Op-Ed page. We should weigh in. Brooks observes two things worth noting. First, most presidents, he claims, experienced deep