Archive for June 2013

The Cuckold’s Revenge

Front Porch Republic friend Thomas Gahr has just published Box-Shaped Heart (clever title), a novel based on an infamous instance of cuckoldry in 1880s Batavia, New York, involving factory owner E.N. Rowell, his pretty and dissatisfied (and...

FPR Fall Conference: Save the Date!

This year’s conference will be held on September 20-21  on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, CA. We will begin on the evening of Friday the 20th with a screening of the new Ron Maxwell film Copperhead. The screenplay was writ...

The June Cleaver

Ah, flowery June, when brooks send up a cheerful tune. The Muckdogs won their home opener last night before the largest Opening Day crowd in years. The sun has chased away, or at least agreed to coexist with, the clouds. And herewith a piec...

Rand Paul in The New Republic

The New Republic has a cover story on Rand Paul. The author takes it upon herself to 1) show how quickly Paul is becoming a major player with real White House prospects, and 2) warn her readers about how dangerous his constitutionalism and ...

When Richard Met Barber

BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY—“Richard Fenno’s oeuvre is the most important contribution to congressional scholarship during recent generations,” says Yale political scientist David R. Mayhew. Contemporary political science is dominated by...

It’s a Complicated Life

It’s A Wonderful Life was on my mind again recently, this time while watching Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 film, The Bicycle Thief. The leading men in the two films look alike, you see – or at least seem to in their matching hats and bad l...

John Taylor of Caroline and Energy Policy

When Odysseus visited Hades, he spoke with many of the greatest fallen Greeks: Achilles, Agamemnon, the prophet Tiresias. He sees many others, and considers seeking out Pirithous and Theseus. “But ere they met my view,” Odysseus says, “The ...