There are many things to like about snow. It's lovely, to start, in panorama and in particulate. It forces a slowdown. It covers a multitude of lawn care sins.
But best of all, snow is democratic. Unlike cable news or the Internet or our careers or our family lives, it's something we all experience together- one nation under a winter storm warning.
And there's not much left in our lives like that. The long tail, that animalistic retailing concept, sweeps us into smaller and smaller and smaller subgroups. We choose what to watch and when to watch it, what to read and when to read it. We speak only to people who look like us, talk like us, and think like us, reinforcing our stratification with likes and shares.
And then it snows, and here we all are. Cold or cozy, cautious or intrepid: watching the white come down.