“America wants its respect.”
“People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.
— James Baldwin
Welcome to The Attic
The Attic offers true stories for a kinder, cooler America. Here, rummaging through American culture and history, you’ll find common ground, not more minefields. Updated weekly, The Attic features American originals, funny folks, artists, writers, athletes, and more. Reading The Attic, you'll meet Margaret Mead one week, remember the movie "Network" the next. You’ll travel to American places — Cadillac Ranch, Burning Man, the Grand Coulee Dam — and sample lists of American sights, myths, books, and other surprises. Like Walt Whitman, you will hear America singing. But you will also hear America thinking, planning, dreaming...
Time was when magazines I wrote for, Smithsonian and American Heritage, explored this space. But screens have silenced many American voices. The result is a nation of stark opinions hardening in isolation. If you are tired of this, join me in The Attic. Here you will see where we've been and explore how we, the people, formed this imperfect union.
The Attic does not suggest where America should be headed; it only captures the human interest of being American. The question is as old as the nation. In 1782, Letters from an American Farmer asked, "What then is this new thing, this American?" Answers from The Attic will surprise you.
“The past is not dead; it’s not even past.”
— William Faulkner