Archive for March 2013

Going Home Again? Not Likely.

If I am correct, it seems there is a certain kind of arch-typical narrative that has become quite popular here at FPR, and in some sense, emblematic of its defense of place and home.  It is the “Going Home” story, the story of someone rejec...

Men of the World, Pick Up Your Brooms

Alexandra Bradner, a philosophy professor at the University of Kentucky, has a piece at The Atlantic on women’s “second shifts.” Noting that women, mothers in particular, are both “important” and “exploit...

The Mouse with Tusks: Speech, Power, Perversity

Earlier this week, Terry Gross interviewed Emily Anthes, author of Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, on recent development in bioengineering, including radio controlled insects, pigs which grow human...

Farming without Dirt (and with fish)

Here is an article describing a method of producing vegetation and fish in a symbiotic relationship all without dirt. Could this, as the title of the article suggests, revolutionize the way we eat? Aquaponics is a method of combined fish an...

FPR Conference. Save the Date

We are currently planning the 3rd Annual FPR Conference. This year it will be held on September 21 at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Program details are coming soon, but in the meantime, start planning to join us in September as The Porch...

W[h]ither the Family Dinner?

A recent study suggests that individualized and pre-packaged food changes the way families think about mealtime. Could there be a link between the kind of meal eaten for dinner and the extent to which family members ate apart or together? T...

On the Localism of the Spheres

I have a friend who is a cloistered Trappist monk and his current obsession is the ‘outer’ and decidedly non-sedentary goal of running a marathon (on the back forty of the monastic enclosure).   The sense of accomplishment inspires him.   I...

Mark Mitchell at Villanova

Berwyn, PA.  Mark Mitchell, FPR‘s founding father and Editor-in-Chief, will deliver a lecture at Villanova University next week.  The event is open to the public, and any FPR readers in attendance will be made especially welcome.  See...