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I was in the room where it happened, to borrow from Hamilton-speak.
The room where The Twelve was hatched.
A quaint retreat center where the board of Perspectives was gathered, discussing how to use the web to engage more quickly and more regularly with our readers. I actually give Phil Tanis credit for the idea, that with a little polish and a few tweaks, became The Twelve.
On October 31, 2011, The Twelve debuted with Jeff Munroe blogging Do Calvinists Believe in Luck?
Who recalls the original line-up with Jessica Bratt, Jes Kast, Jamie Smith, Thomas Goodhart, and Theresa Latini? Along the way we’ve welcomed Jennifer Holberg, Rebecca Koerselman, Kate Kooyman, Brian Keepers, Heidi De Jonge, and Sarina Gruver Moore. Jim Bratt and Jeff Munroe wandered off for a bit, but are back now. Debra Rienstra, Scott Hoezee, Jim Schaap, Jason Lief, and I have persisted from the beginning. Plus, many, many, outstanding guests.
I found this passage from Marilynne Robinson’s essay “Decline” in The Givenness of Things, hopeful, and possibly even evocative of the best of The Twelve. Writing on the supposed decline of literacy, writing, reading, and cultural conversation, Robinson says
I credit the Internet with our rescue. It turns out there are audiences for science and economics and political history—wonkish, unembarrassed discussion of complex issues in complex language.
Upon reading this, I smiled and was heartened and thought of our enterprise at The Twelve.
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