Archive for October 2011

If Not Exceptional, How about Unusual

I am loathe to dissent from Mark Mitchell’s thoughtful piece on American exceptionalism, true FroPo that I am. And I could simply add a comment to the post along with the rest of FPR’s readers. But my dissent may call for a litt...

A Sense of Owingness

Like so many others, I spent too much time hoodwinked by the story of liberation, emancipation, and autonomy. What it meant to be free, I supposed, was to be free from limits and entanglements, duties and responsibilities; freedom was self-...

Mafia Among the Mountain Folk, Part II

“I don’t care if you bring the president of Peru and a thousand police—we’ll be carried out dead before you dig here!”  Thus was the position of the twenty or so irate villagers gathered around us.  The intense Andean sun was sinking lower ...

Rebuilding a rural economy

Readers of this site might be interested in a recent Daily Yonder newsstory on job creation in southeastern Ohio.  This Ford Foundation-underwritten project is trying to create rural jobs by adding value to locally sourced raw commodities, ...

2012 Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference

Those with a taste for rewarding conversation and exciting scholarship should take note, as should those fond of good bourbon, gorgeous country, and genuine Kentucky fried chicken:  The XIV Annual Elizabeth Madox Roberts Conference is set f...

Come Saturday Evening…

….we’ll be reading aloud–for the fourteenth consecutive year–from the works of Batavia’s native (if sometimes wayward) son John Gardner. Where? The Pokadot, literary-culinary capital of NY, at the corner of Lib...