Archive for August 2013

Water Cooler Republic?

Hillsdale, Michigan. Sports is not one of the topics that regularly comes up on the Front Porch. Human flourishing, whatever that possibly could be this side of the Garden of Eden, would appear to have little to do with the exorbitant amoun...

What You Need to Know About Yvor Winters

This is the first entry in FPR’s One Thousand Words series. Over the next few months, perhaps longer, several dozen contributors will tell us what we need to know about a wide variety of figures—some obscure, some not—in one thousand words ...

Thoughts on Elshtain

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Jean Bethke Elshtain, a profound and important political theorist and ethicist, died yesterday I was lucky enough to have met her perhaps a handful of times, being able to ask her a question or two about this...

Saying “No” to the NSA

Here’s a piece encouraging people and companies to resist encroachments by the NSA. Consider these examples: Already companies are taking their data and communications out of the US. The extreme case of fighting is shutting down entir...

In Search of the Real Coolidge

Our interest in historical subjects says as much about our society as about the subjects themselves.  The growing interest in the life, thought and presidency of Calvin Coolidge issues from frustration with contemporary politics and politic...

The Violent and the Fallen

I am pleased to announce that The Violent and the Fallen, the second book of poems by James Matthew Wilson, is now available for advance sale.  You can order simply by clicking HERE.  Finishing Line Press, the publisher, will determine the ...

Living Together at the Office

Wendell Berry has written about the salutary effects of living and working in the same place, but I’m not sure this is what he had in mind…. The Wall Street Journal reports on a new sort of living/work arrangement. It’s pa...

How To Talk About Race

Hillsdale, Michigan. After the George Zimmerman verdict, President Obama talked about the need for a conversation on race in the United States. He also made the sensible observation that such a conversation shouldn’t be facilitated by...