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Native Places: Gordes

The autoroutes in France may knit Normandy to Provence, but you can drive across the entire nation without, it seems, noticing a single thing. "Life doesn’t happen along the Interstate,” William Least Heat-Moon wrote,” it’s against the law.” But recently I tapped the...

Native Places: “Pretty as a new-laid egg”

“Pretty as a new-laid egg” Mrs. Ladu, my fifth-grade teacher, was a fierce guardian of the English language. A single “ain’t” evoked her wrath. Since then I’ve tried to keep the faith. But at lunch in the mountains of East Tennessee recently, the cook came over to...

Native Places: A redbud beside a pawn shop

A redbud beside a pawn shop A friend had come back from a road trip: “Stupid churches and sixty feet tall billboards advertising everything from root canals to divorce.” He said, “When everything is the same what's the point of going anywhere?” He could have been...