Two of your Rowdy correspondents are heading up to Princeton on Saturday to commune around a kiln with some conservative bloggers in what Chad Everson, who runs the Grizzly Groundswell blog, is calling the Blogosphere Divide Summit: A Conversation by Fire.
This is a pretty cool thing. When the I-35W bridge went down, I opined about rotting infrastructure being a sign that “No New Taxes” may not be the best way to run the state or country. I got hammered by several conservative bloggers, we went back and forth, and eventually one of the conservatives, Ryan Evans, who writes A (Sometimes) Logical View of the Illogical), and I met for lunch in Wisconsin to — gasp — actually listen to one another. Each found the other was (mostly) human, and we each wrote a little about that. Others chimed in, applauding the detente. Then Chad had the grace and generosity to take the next step by inviting some conservative and liberal bloggers to his “Clay Empire” to get our hands dirty together, make some tiles or pots or, most likely, messes, and see what we can learn about ourselves and one another.
“Ain’t it just like a human,” as the poet Kris Kristofferson sings.
Chad’s website talks about the benefits of people working with clay: “If they will only remember to take a deep breath and get creative, relying on faith, trusting in hope, and determined in action, they will be able to live their dreams as well with no regrets and a mind that hungers for knowledge.” Now, I’m not sure Chad can get Austin’s mind to hunger for knowledge — Pad Thai, maybe — but this should be a great adventure. Charlie Quimby and Eric Black are joining us, and Ryan and others from the right. The Princeton Union Eagle has been invited, and I expect Geraldo to show up.
What if people of differing viewpoints stopped yelling at one another and did something real and creative together? What the hell kind of a world would that be?
If peace breaks out, we’ll send up a flare.