Archive for February 2014

Localist Roundup: Amazon’s Empire

Apparently, physical activity combats depression. It’s nice that we have studies to tell us these things. Meanwhile, this piece describes the downfall of corporeal toys. And this piece describes the downfall of books. The fairly lengt...

Virgil and Valentines

“Duty-bound, Aeneas, though he struggled with desire To calm and comfort her in all her pain, To speak to her and turn her mind from grief, And though he sighed his heart out, shaken still With love of her, yet took the course heaven gave h...

American Political Praxis

What words best describe present-day Washington politics?  The commonplace answer, endlessly repeated by politicians themselves and media observers alike, is this:  dysfunction, gridlock, partisanship, and incivility.  Yet here’s a far more...

What I Saw at the High School Speech Meet

Here in northwest Indiana, I agreed to be a judge for a recent regional speech meet, partly because our middle daughter was a contestant herself and partly because I love all sorts of spoken word events—debates, extemporaneous speeches, poe...

Room with Askew

Just finished reading a beautifully written, if unsettling, comic gem: The Disaster Artist, an account of the making of the cult movie The Room, by Room costar Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, the pride of Escanaba, Michigan, and surely one of...

Localist Roundup: Super Bowl

Apparently, small-scale chicken farms in Utah have been shut down by meat inspectors recently. The reason appears to be that multiple farms shared a single processing facility. Meanwhile, the author of this article wants to give a positive ...

Cobbett on Fires

A good fire might even save a marriage… “Fire is a capital article. To have no fire, or a bad fire to sit by, is a most dismal thing. In such a state man and wife must be something out of the common way to be in good humor with each o...