I regret the daily, even hourly, use of awesome! to express mild approval, when the antiquated Neat! or Dig it! or the still cool Cool! are hyperbole enough to high-five the fact that we will meet later for a beer or that you have, after much ado, unclogged the sink drain. Because if these minor miracles are awesome!, then what remains to us to express actual awe? ~~ Priscilla Long
Read about a truly awesome, yet very cool volcano in this American Scholar column by our friend and editor, Priscilla Long. Warning: It has absolutely nothng to do about media or politics.