A Rebirth of Midwestern Regionalism

My review of an important new book by the midwestern historian, Jon K. Lauck, appears in the new issue of National Review.  I’ll have more to say on western and southern regionalism in the near future; for the moment you may enjoy rea...

To Bail or not to Bail

  Recently David Brooks posted a New York Times op-ed lamenting an increase in “bailing,” which he defines as “flaking” on social commitments. The title of the article was “The Golden Age of Bailing,” although I wonder why he didn’t call it...

The Dryers are Coming! The Dryers are Coming!

South Korea lives on the cutting edge of technology — just ask the young smart-phone zombies that slowly roam the campus where I teach. On second thought, better to send them a ‘chat’ on Kakao Talk, the messaging app that ...

Mr. Sillypants Goes to Washington

In a folder of papers at my desk there are reminders of things to do sometime, although they aren’t urgent. Waiting to be filed is a copy of Billy Collin’s poem called “Child Development” along with a program for an event at which he read h...

On Place, Permanence, and Microbrews

“It is a pleasure to carry out one’s duties of a citizen and to receive in return a receipt or a neat styrene card with one’s name on it certifying, so to speak, one’s right to exist.” – Binx Bolling in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer “P...

Trump: America’s Father-in-Chief?

Trump, America’s Father-in-Chief? By Zachary Michael Jack   Donald Trump has been called many things in the press in the first six months of his presidency, yet the media have thus far missed his most overlooked calling card: Father-in...

On Father’s Day (With an Apostrophe)

Grand Rapids, MI Father’s Day is around the corner. I had to look up the term to see if it has an apostrophe. It does, and it has had since the time over a century ago that it became a day set aside for special celebration in the United Sta...

Peter Lawler: R.I.P.

Peter Augustine Lawler passed away on Tuesday, leaving a significant void not only in the lives of his friends, family, and students, but in the intellectual life of American conservatism and thus the nation. Peter was an original: he could...