FPR Conference: Register Now!

You won’t want to miss our annual conference. This year it will be held on September 30 at Hope College in Holland MI. We’ve got a great line-up of speakers including Bill Kauffman, Jason Peters, Susannah Black, Patrick Deneen, ...

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...