Simply this--the people who came before us still matter. We can't generalize about their lives. They were as different from the cliches as we are from those that will define our era. Fredonia is a real village that was like so many others in the mid-nineteenth century. For better or worse, it was a hoppin' place. So shuck off our mantle of power lines and corporate box stores and join the characters at a table where no food item has fifteen Latin ingredients. I love the people in Fires very much, and I hope you will too.