For the Fourth of July, Maria Kalman’s sketchblog on Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant and flawed man.
If you want to understand this country and its people and what it means to be optimistic and complex and tragic and wrong and courageous, you need to go to [Jefferson's] home in Virginia. Monticello.
This does not absolve him of the wrongs he did, but I have some better perspective and respect for the man. [ via Terry Karney ]