My grandparents lived in Florence, South Carolina. We had our claim to literary glory; Henry Timrod, often (and especially in Florence) called the “poet laureate of the Confederacy,” had lived there. And of course there’s the crater from the time the Air Force dropped an atom bomb on the town.But even in Florence SC they’ll admit that the Florence of Italy still has a lead when it comes to culture and whatnot. A brilliant essay by Virginia Postrel over at Bloomberg offers a wonderful take on the way Florentine art mixed religious, aesthetic and political messages; if you don’t have time to go to Florence this weekend, take a look.
Florence vs. Florence