Archive for April 2011

Georgics on My Mind

With avidity and pleasure I’ve been reading American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture, and the Land, a collection of excerpts in the American agrarian tradition edited by Edwin C. Hagenstein, Sara M. Gregg, and Brian Donahue, and publ...

The Moral Implications of Dictionaries

  I suppose we all grow unduly annoyed at times with certain cultural foibles which are really quite trivial in comparison with the dire and momentous crises which are rapidly converging upon us.  For myself, I freely confess to experi...

Counselling in Pornland

Devon, PA.  Mark T. Mitchell’s powerful essay on Jane Austen in the age of porn coincides with an interesting news item on Inside Higher Ed.  A group called the Young Conservatives of Texas have helped craft legislation which would re...

Personal Mobility Concept

No, not legs. They’re so 20th Century. The good people at Honda, responding to the crisis of people having to move their feet or stand on them, have developed a system that will enable us to sit more and exercise less. They truly are,...

How Bonds Really Did It

With the Barry Bonds’s trial ending with a slap on the wrist for the lesser charge against him and a mistrial on the greater charges, it is time to divulge now the true secret or secrets to Bonds’ success on the ballfield. Barry Bonds is pr...

Going Home

The South, repatriated ex-slave Ned Douglass lectured his Louisiana neighbors in Ernest J. Gaines’s novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, is “yours because your people’s bones lays in it; it’s yours because their sweat and their blo...