Archive for April 2014

You Know You’re Middle Aged When…

“Every age of life has its own characteristics: boys are feeble, youths in their prime are aggressive, middle-aged men are dignified, old people are mature. Each one of these qualities is ordained by nature for harvesting in due season.” Ci...

Localist Roundup: Robot Handshake

In political news, President Obama is facing low approval rating. Meanwhile, this piece describes the growing popularity of urban rooftop farming. In other news, Pope Francis has captured further attention with  a recent tweet. Lastly, this...

Derby Time

Louisville, Kentucky.  It’s Derby time here. If you have business to do with someone in Louisville this week, don’t expect a quick reply. I have always run hot and cold on the Derby, with its display of war toys before the enorm...

Something Better than a Giant

This Christmas my daughter bought for me a CD of Welsh hymns, folk songs, and patriotic anthems, sung by the burly baritone Bryn Terfel. He’s a tremendous performer, apparently renowned for his work in opera around the world. If you w...

The Meritocracy Reaches Kindergarten

My title isn’t saying anything new, unfortunately; highly competitive private kindergartens and pre-k programs have long since dotted the wealthier (and more paranoid) corners of the United States, as well as many other locales throug...

“Standard Oil” Catholicism

Berwyn, PA.  The American Conservative has just published the online version of my review of Suitable Accommodations, a selected letters of the Catholic fiction writer, J.F. Powers.  Powers’ stories still live and astonish, and speak ...

FPR Conference: Save the Date!

The 2014 FPR conference will on September 27 in Louisville, KY. Wendell Berry will deliver the keynote address. More details to come, but this is shaping up to be a great event. I hope to see many of you there.

Localist Roundup: Atlantic-Heavy Roundup

According to this piece, the White House has received a  petition to “abolish the capitalist mode of production.” Meanwhile, Los Angles experiments with preset park kits. In this article, an author emphasizes the importance of p...

Localist Roundup: Community Garden

This article bemoans the modern teenager’s inability to engage in conversation. Meanwhile, this piece describes a community garden effort in Wisconsin. This article tries to explain why large corporations fail to “do the right t...