'Posing as a state'

  Newport, R.I., from the air.

Newport, R.I., from the air.

"Look at the way it cringes there, occupying a sliver of land so inconsequential that the names of its cities and towns have to be entered vertically on the map. It is foolish for something so microscopic to go around posing as a state. Anyone who has ever been there knows what I mean. You drive into Rhode Island, nod off for 10 or 20 minutes or embark on an interesting conversation and—zap—you're in Massachusetts. You're out of the place before you can settle into it. Flying over Little Rhody is absurdity itself; you can traverse it in the middle of a sentence."

From, "Good-bye, Rhode Island," by Donald Dale Jackson, in the January 2000 Smithsonian Magazine.