Noah asked me yesterday which topics I’m so passionate about that, if he asked me about them, I wouldn’t be able to stop talking in response. I told him at the time, good food and sustainability and "the american spirit and what that means". The latter was in reference to John Steinbeck’s "Travels With Charley", one of my favorite-ever books and one that’s been on my mind a lot these days, wherein he sets out to meet and discover who are the people who make up and define America’s being (one day, I want to follow in his footsteps and drive the same route he did all those years ago and see how things have changed). More people are probably thinking of it these days than normal, what with the upcoming elections and all, but it’s a topic that’s always fascinated me– what America means, both as a country and as a nation of states, and where it came from and where it’s headed.
Anyway. I gave it a little more thought, after, and decided that other topics that would make the cut are: water, Las Vegas and D.C. and why I love both, the concept of home, the concepts of friendship and family, epistemology, philosophy of human nature, why in theory I love CivE and Geo side-by-side so much, children’s literature, and frozen yogurt. That’s it. Those are my passionate-speech topics (as opposed to things about which I am plain-and-simple passionate, which would be… kind of everything). What are yours?