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Before me, the deluge

July 25, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
July 25, 2018

Author’s note: This post contains some profanity near the end. MEM

Early on the morning of Tuesday, July 24, it began raining in Durham — very hard. My car, a lightly used loaner that I’d purchased from a Raleigh dealership the day after the 2016 election, was parked in its usual spot by my house. I gave a little thought to moving it.

I ended up not acting on that impulse, but I ought to explain why it occurred to me.

About two months ago, I wrote a post about my fruitless search for a radio interview with Scott Huler, the author of the 2011 book On the Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood and the Systems that Make Our World Work. The impulse to move my car was motivated by the very same incident that prompted me to look for that (possibly imagined?) interview.

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More radio memories! (In which I describe an author interview that may not have happened)

May 21, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
May 21, 2018

Memory is a tricky thing. People have all sorts of odd old things rattling around their brains; or I do, at least. Sometimes, these memories are spot on. Sometimes, they may — emphasis on may — have been made up from whole cloth.

On Friday afternoon, I spent some time searching the web for information on a book, the title, author and publication year of which I was completely unable to recall.

The good news was that I had a fairly specific concept of what the book was about. The work, which either had been written by a Raleigh resident or else centered on the city of Raleigh, was aimed at a general-interest audience of readers, and it described the systems that deliver electricity and drinking water and remove sewage and rain runoff from modern buildings.

Initially, I conducted a general web search using the terms “the four utilities”book and Raleigh. However, “four utilities” refers to a marketing concept, so I changed this search term to simply utilities. I also ran similar queries in the Library of Congress’s online catalog.

I was certain that the book had been released in the United States at some point after roughly 2010, but even after applying those filters, I was left with a lot of irrelevant results.

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