We live in the tiny, tiny town of Stinesville (population 197, SAA-LUTE!*) which is outside of the not-quite-as-small, but small, university town of Bloomington (population 70,000, SAA-LUTE!) where we work and spend much of our non-sleeping time. Both cities have recently been featured in national publications.
On The New Yorker's blog, Blake Eskin revisits an infamous 1960 New Yorker article “The Yellow School Bus.” The original story followed 18 graduates from Stinesville's Bean Blossom Township High School on their senior trip to the big city of New York.
For the Washington Post, Robin Soslow writes about her visit to Bloomington. Describing the city as an “intellectual hamlet [where] every experience has an educational component, ” she mentions that “everyone - from chefs to landscapers [like my sister and her husband] . . . is a student by diploma or proximity.” She even visits my workplace, The Kinsey Institute.
*an obscure reference to the television show Hee Haw.