This article by Matt Bowman is worth reading. I, however, want to take issue with part of it: “Spencer W. Kimball, in short, had no coherent political position. He would alternatively inspire and horrify today’s progressives, and prove an inconsistent and frustrating ally to the American right. And this is as it should be.”
Except for the last sentence, I don’t really agree. I think it isn’t that Kimball had no coherent political position – I think it’s that typical partisan politics has no coherent position, and Bowman makes the mistake of conflating partisanship with coherence. Continue reading
I consider myself the son of a pioneer of sorts (my father and his family appear in this tale below, as does the father of the pop star Jewel). I grew up surrounded by pioneers. I’ve discussed Edna Anderson before on this blog. This is her history of our ward. I’m not sure if there are other histories (a Ward historian was called once, but I don’t know if anything came of it, and the brief section on Homer in the book A Gathering of Saints in Alaska isn’t very good or comprehensive), but when Edna said she would make a copy for anyone who wanted it, I asked for a copy.
Anyway, enough preliminaries – read on if you’re interested in Alaskan pioneers. (I have a few notes on provenance and a few other issues after the history). One note: She switches between talking about herself in the third and first person, but Edna was not really a writer, which makes all of this more charming and amazing. Continue reading
Title: Parallels and Convergences: Mormon Thought and Engineering Vision
Editors: A. Scott Howe and Richard L. Bushman
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books Continue reading
Title: Books, Bluster, and Bounty: Local Politics and the Intermountain West Carnegie Library Building Grants, 1898-1920
Author: Susan H. Swetnam
Publisher: Utah State University Press Continue reading
And it’s not due to having very little extra money or dissapointment with my time at BYU. I rather enjoyed most of my time at BYU.
It is that time of year again, apparently, as I am asked through e-mail and over the phone to donate to BYU. So I’m going to put on record why I will not donate (not counting any tithing money that goes to BYU).