Townsman, cont.

Ingham County, MI Or, if you don’t care for Hamlet’s meditation on that undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns, you could do worse than to consult Macbeth—so you proceed with… [more]

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Tom Fleming Retires

Rockford, Illinois.  After thirty-one years at Chronicles Magazine—thirty of them as editor—classicist, poet and polemicist Tom Fleming has retired. During his tenure at this small but influential… [more]

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Townsman of a Stiller Town: Death on the American Highway

Rock Island, IL On the last day of classes before the Christmas holidays, typically a Friday, the mood on college campuses invariably vibrates with cheer. From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans… [more]

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Recently, our local Trappist Monastery, the Abbey of the Genesee, unveiled a renovation of the sanctuary of the Abbey church. To the shock of some — those who often claim to have their ‘finger on the pulse’ — the remodel did…
Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.00.28 PM In the old days, when you saw something in your morning newspaper that bothered you, you could vent your ballooning anger with a minute or two of hearty breakfast-table grumbling. Today, we have Facebook for that.   I know I…
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely–take a group of students out on a local food tour, so they can learn firsthand about more sustainable…
unnamed Trees cannot talk, but they do speak. With our eyes focused on franticly flickering screens, perhaps our ears have grown dull to their still small voices, yet they whisper on. Edmund Burke described society as a “contract between the past,…
OscarWilde P.S. I don't hold with Oscar Wilde on that one.
Dore Paradisio 31 Modern persons have a problem with limits, three in fact. They want every good thing to be unlimitedly available for their desires, and scarcity is taken for a cause of fear and anxiety. Hence, “sustainability” is our new environmental shibboleth.…
wilderness1 In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
7136686269_99e3b7220d_z The most fashionable and defensible position on aesthetics is to maintain that beauty is entirely subjective. Beauty doesn’t exist, we are assured, at least as a quality uniting such diverse phenomena as a painting, a comfortable old house, a song,…
acedia-brueghel1 Philadelphia, PA R. R. Reno of First Things has recently identified the “Empire of Desire” by its odd combination of regulation and libertinism. On the one hand, we cannot ride a bicycle without a helmet or let our children play…
Stude58TSpuWhite8 I allow myself a brief transgendered wish.