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Educated

I finished reading Educated yesterday, Tara Westover’s memoir of her survivalist Mormon upbringing and subsequent separation from it. By her account, the separation was achieved by means of formal education.  Only once in the book does…

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Cultural Minimum

There are many thoughtful and suggestive definitions of “culture,” but I can’t remember any thoughts about the minimum. What is necessary and/or sufficient about a given set of circumstances for it to be rightly called…

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Family Lexicon

I thought of the phrase “family lexicon” independently, in connection with an idea that certain words or phrases, through repetition and association, build family ties, establish identity. I also suspect that some words — possibly…

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