Although the past year was the centennial of Marshall McLuhan’s birth and 2012 is the centennial of both Jacques Ellul and Walter Ong, for me, 2012 seems to be lining up as the Year of Mumford.
Over the holidays, I got my hands on Mumford’s biography by Donald L. Miller and the Aaron Copeland-scored documentary film called “The City” with commentary from Lewis Mumford. Mumford has long been one of my favorite scholars and I find myself turning to his work fairly often for inspiration and insight. The technical excellence of his historical approach is matched only by the humanism embedded in his tone and style.
I expect that I’ll be posting a lot more about Mumford as I get through the biography and watch the film a few times. Likewise, I’m going to be re-reading some of his other work with a new appreciation for the biographical influences on his thinking. For now, I leave you with this clip to start things off. An appetizer before the new year…