Archive for December 2013

Localist Roundup: Deals and Decisions

This week’s news is mostly on the political front. A budget deal seems ready to go through the Senate, wrapping up the congressional conflict from earlier this year. But another fight could arise concerning the debt ceiling, something...

What You Need to Know about Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia has spent his career making metaphors: drawing disparate things together to reveal the breadth and depth of aesthetic experience, but doing so in a way that has frequently provoked avant-garde artists and their academic minions e...

Has This Guy Never Heard of Downton Abbey?

Hillsdale, Mich. Jack Rakove reviews Yuval Levin’s The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left (finder’s fee to John Fea) and can’t figure out why some Americans like Burke: Levin also arg...

A Semester of Teaching Sustainability

[Cross-Posted to In Medias Res] The semester has come to an end here at Friends University, and students are leaving campus for their holiday break. Right now I’m grading, and while I have many tests to grade, none interest me quite a...

Waiting for Benedict

Those long haunted by Alasdair MacIntyre’s plea at the end of After Virtue – for that matter, even those who aren’t – may wish to read Rod Dreher’s piece on “The Benedict Option” over at The America...

The Gates of Hell

Jeremy Beer gave a brilliant presentation at the FPR Conference on the problems associated with The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, or “big philanthropy” in general. Over at Mother Jones is this interesting piece on the inves...

Teaching Responsibility

Ischomachus’ wife: “My mother told me that my job was to be responsible.” Ischomachus: “Yes, my dear, of course, my father gave me the same advice.” Xenophon, The Estate Manager, VII Her parents told her to be responsible. And his told him....

Visit Michigan

Do Porchers travel? Well, if they do, they can hardly do better than to come to West Michigan – God’s country if ever there was one. So says The Lonely Planet. If any fellow-travelers come to the area I’d be glad to give a...

Of Vision and Discipline

After six years absence, I have just published a review essay in the great Contemporary Poetry Review, one of the first important internet critical journals.  The review is of two new books by the western poet (and skier) David J. Rothman. ...

Localist Roundup: Telling Stories

As most everyone has heard by now, the renown South African activist and politician Nelson Mandela died last week. This brief editorial argues that Mandela deserves the near-legendary status that many confer on him. But more popular than Ma...