Hail to the PublicanBy Jeremy Beer for FRONT PORCH REPUBLIC
A friend sent me the other day two issues of a little journal called The Publican of Philadelphia. Since I am forever worried that the Porch’s ongoing what-to-do conversation gravitates a bit too inexorably toward strictly political/economic discussions, I’d like to credit the Publican and its founding editor, Matthew Chominski, for answering the what-to-do question in a particularly honorable way: by starting a local periodical.
Warning to Caleb and Darryl: the Publican is Catholic. It also consciously draws on local writers like our own Villanova-based James Wilson for content. John Médaille ain’t local to Philadelphia, but he is in the Publican‘s pages, and at least he’s a localist. The driving philosophy of the Publican is very porchy, distributist, crunchy, and certainly orthodox. If you’re inclined toward things papist and/or Philadelphian, check it out.
Imitators in other regions welcomed. Even Protestant ones.