Archive for April 2012

Katniss Everdeen, Localist

A mysterious author by the name of “J,” a writer at the suspiciously derivatively-titled website “Back Porch Republic,” has posted a thoughtful and provocative examination of “The Hunger Games” as a portr...

April Advent

While April first brought April Fools’ Day with all of its jokes and gags, the foolish part of the first of April was not its primary value for me.  It was a time marker to listen, to anticipate, and to apprehend.  So I would begin, particu...

Gender Matters

In the spring of 2011, articles began popping up about a couple in Toronto who were refusing to publicly reveal the gender of their baby. They named the child “Storm” and committed themselves to raising Storm without the oppressive expectat...

The Eckhart Tolle of Space

“Many propositions involving temporal concepts which seem obviously and necessarily true are just as necessarily but not obviously true when formulated in terms of spatial relations.” [1] In 2011, the Watkins Review named author Eckhart Tol...

FPR Annual Conference, Round 2

The place and date of Front Porch Republic’s second annual conference have been set. We’ll get together on Saturday, September 15, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. We will once again put contemporary political, economic, an...

The Place of Religion and Literature

Devon, PA.  My talk from the annual Ciceronian Society Conference, held in joy and good company last weekend at the University of Virginia, has now been published on the Anamnesis website.  The essay, “Literature between Theology and ...