My official news junky geek moment of the week:
I listen to NPR pretty much all day here in my little office. This morning, on the NH Public Radio show “The Exchange”, I emailed in a comment on a discussion of college towns and college town culture. The author that Laura Knoy was interviewing had recently written a book called The American College Town . The book is an examination of the quintessential American College Town using examples from all across the country and how those colleges and towns interract and impact one another.
Here is the comment:
“In 1990, Keene NH resembled a hollywood back lot of Everytown, USA. I went to school there then and there was literally nothing to do. It was like the town was in denial that they had a college on their premises and they rolled up the sidewalks and closed up shop at 6pm. There was little to no ‘nightlife’. I have been back and recently and what a change! It was like they finally embraced the college and the whole town reflects it. Bars, stores and restaurants open til much later at night, a wider variety of shops and activities in the town…I was really impressed with how it has grown.”
Laura read my comment on the air and they spent a full 5 minutes discussing my points…
You know you’re jealous.