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Calvin & HobbsWalt Whitman writes in his quintessential American poem “Song of Myself” about the nature of American contradiction. Unlike contemporary politics where we decry flip-flopping, Whitman recognized that contradiction is part and parcel of a democratic, free-thinking society. Life, quite frankly, is complex. And confusing. Whitman, whose narrative voice alternates between pointing to Whitman the man and Whitman as every man, writes “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” What a perfect motto for America. Like a large family, we are messy, opinionated, and, whether we like it or not, contradictory. We want our schools to teach independence and individuality but we want to do so efficiently and with standardization. 

This blog is my attempt to come to terms with our larger cultural contradictions and, quite frankly, my own. I’m a self identified libertarian who wants universal, government-funded education and health care. I don’t like to shop at big box stores unless I’m out of town and in a hurry. I like individualized service and supporting small business owners in my town, but it’s also nice to know that every Academy Sports and Outdoors keeps their baseball equipment on the left side of the store. These complexities fascinate me.

About the author: John Wegner is a Professor of English at Angelo State University where he also serves as the Dean of the Freshman College. He and Lana, his wife, have been married for over 25 years. They are the parents of two great sons who (so far) haven’t ever needed bail money.

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3 Responses to About

  1. solving4x says:

    John, I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. I hope it’s an award for which you have not already been nominated in the past. I enjoy following your blog, thus the nomination. I hope you take this award in the spirit it was given, though please don’t feel obligated to accept. More details are here: http://solving4x.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/366/

  2. Eve says:

    I love reading this. Reminds me we think a lot alike. Lol

  3. I visited San Angelo while researching my first book, about American women and guns; my husband, now at the NYT, began his career there. Many fond memories!

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Washington Monthly

Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Joanne Jacobs

Thinking and Linking by Joanne Jacobs

Inside Higher Ed

Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

NYT > Politics

Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Balloon Juice

Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Scott Adams' Blog

Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)

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