Archive for November 2009

Sewers and Leashes: A Local Story

Hillsdale, MI. This is a true story.  It happened once upon a time in a place I do not now live. After an arduous campaign I was elected to the city council in a small town that was growing very rapidly, which meant that money was changing ...

The Grinch Who Moved Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving—or pre-Christmas, as it is known in marketing circles—is upon us, and between reading Truman Capote (“A Thanksgiving Visitor”) and Lydia Maria Child (“Thanksgiving Day”) and tossing around th...

The Decline of David Brooksian Civilization

Claremont, CA. Men of Western civilization, take note: David Brooks thinks that you – and he – are done for. In a recent exchange with Gail Collins, published on The New York Times “Opinionator Blog,” Brooks makes an argument that boils dow...

Independent Populists?

Michael Lind over at Salon suggests a disparity between populism and the “liberal left.” Given Sarah Plain’s new book, in which she continues to posture as a populist (see Rod Dreher’s discussion on her cultural popu...

Wendell Berry on the Old Victrola

Wendell Berry will appear on this morning’s Diane Rehm Show. He is scheduled for the second hour of the show, beginning at 11 a.m. If you don’t receive the show on your local PBS station, the show is usually available on the pro...

Hey All You in the Southside Johnny State

Father Ian Boyd, C.S.B., great Chestertonian and Saskatchewan patriot, will speak on “Chesterton and America” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at Seton Hall University. For information emai...

Nuts

“What a good country or a good squirrel should be doing is stashing away nuts for the winter. The United States is not only not saving nuts, it’s eating the ones left over from the last winter.” WILLIAM H. GROSS The New York Tim...

Is America Ungovernable?

Otto von Bismark, the 19th century Iron Chancellor and architect of modern Germany, once remarked that “If you like law and sausages, you shouldn’t watch either being made.” One could observe that this is not quite correct; the proces...

Raw Milk Clubs

Apparently, agrarianism is the new urbanism for a growing number of twenty-somethings. Maybe the desire for a plot of one’s own is neither so quaint nor so rural as some may think.