A Very Large Tiny Old Man


New York

May 2019

Linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political activist, social critic, “father of modern linguistics,” professor, author, National Science Fellow, scholar, and a guy who made it onto Richard Nixon’s Enemies list.

This is none other than Noam Chomsky.

Although he still has an office at MIT (90 years old at the time of this writing) and Lisa and I are sort of in this vicinity, this is not who we visit.  Our journey takes us to the hamlet of Kerhonkson, New York, where we visit Noam Chomsky’s namesake, Gnome Chomsky.

Gnome Chomsky presides over the 100-acre, 200-year-old Kelder’s Farm where you can find farm-like things such as fruits and vegetables and even a petting zoo.  Un-farm-like offerings include mini-golf, a cannon that fires apples over 100 miles per hour, hayrides, a corn maze and more!

“More” includes a jumping pillow.

To be clear, Gnome Chomsky was never a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, etc, and never fathered anything or anyone, especially modern linguistics.  But Gnome…  He is the one we seek.  It is much easier to get an appointment.

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