Mess as a Marker of “Genius”

On Johnson, Boswell, and Macleod’s Books of Vancouver

L.D. Burnett

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I asked for and received permission to take this photo of the interior of Macleod’s Books in Vancouver, BC. Photo ©2022 by Lora Burnett

Samuel Johnson is one of those writers I read about but never read in college. He was the gleaming pole star in a constellation of eighteenth-century London “wits” who collectively created the persona of the literary man (as opposed to the scholar). For undergraduates at least, it was enough to know that Johnson was “the…

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L.D. Burnett

Writer and historian from / in California’s Great Central Valley. Book, “Western Civilization: The History of an American Idea,” under contract w/ UNC Press.