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My Adventures with Utah

[Things have been, I think, a little bleak recently on the academic politics front. I offer this more autobiographical/historiographical reflection as a little more lighthearted fare.] It is easy to feel forgotten in Utah. That is the story one gets from the first few chapters of a great biography I am currently reading: The Uneasy Chair: A Biography of Bernard DeVoto, written by the novelist (and DeVoto’s longtime friend) Wallace Stegner. After a couple of establishing shot paragraphs, Stegner launches into DeVoto’s story at a desperate point: “In the late summer of 1920, in one half of a nondescript duplex Read more