Columbus Day — Go Bowling

This statue* of Christopher Columbus at Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues is clearly not pointing in the direction of Federal Hill a neighborhood to be avoided today for many reasons. (Try Lang’s Bowlarama.)

For more about Columbus, head to your local bookstore and purchase the wildly entertaining “A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World” by Brown alum Tony Horwitz, in which the author dismantles the myths surrounding Columbus’s legacy and drills down to the sad, ugly truth. The New York Times called him “an energetic debunker.”

And for more about the unofficial grand marshal of today’s depressing parade of horribles, check out “The Prince of Providence” by former Providence Journal writer Mike Stanton (NYT 2003). Stanton happens to have a piece in the ‘Sunday Review’ of The New York Times today which you should share with anyone you know who may still be on the fence (but then ask yourself, why are you still hanging around with this person).

* According to “Hidden Treasure: Public Sculpture in Providence” by Robert Freeman and Vivienne Lasky this is “a replica of the statue of Columbus that stood at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. . . the original was cast in solid sterling silver at the Gorham plant not far from Columbus Park.” The word “park” no longer accurately describes this site which is now a square of dirt, inside a triangle of dirt, surrounded by a hectic traffic pattern.




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