Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ave, Bill!

My good friend Bill Keezer writes an excellent, excellent post on American railways. His encyclopedic blog entry accomplishes something that few posts, these days, can do for me: it takes a subject to which I've paid little attention and makes it fascinating. Granted, I've lived in Europe and ridden its rail system, so I'm at least cursorily familiar with what Bill is talking about when he refers to Europe's trains. But I don't have the same deep feeling that Bill does when it comes to railways, and it's that feeling that shines through in his marvelous piece. A good teacher is one who can convince you that the subject he's teaching is imbued with urgency and importance. Bill's "American Passenger Rail: A Great Debacle" is a must-read because it manages to do exactly that.


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