Archive for February 2016

Two Plus Cheers For Small Houses

In the past two generations, the average house size has nearly doubled, while family sizes have decreased. Chris Wiley, a frequent contributor here, tells us of the virtues of smaller houses:

Ashes Along the Edisto

Last summer, on a typically hot South Carolina day, my family gathered at my grandparent’s farm to scatter the ashes of my grandfather. Aside from family, my grandfather loved three things above else in the world: a good cigar, his dogs, an...

Pass the Biscuits

From Reason, Jesse Walker, ace archivist/alchemist of Americana, on the toothless but entertaining populist Texan Pappy O’Daniel.

Asking for Direction in Baffling Times

“All Italians, all the Oenotrian land, Resorted to this place in baffling times, Asking direction; here a priest brought gifts…” Virgil, The Aeneid What do I do now? I often stand in the paradoxical position of knowing tha...

Res Idiotica

South Bend, IN My students are know-nothings.  They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent.  But their minds are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the ...

Against Scaling Up

In The Atlantic, Cambridge professor Antara Haldar tells the story of Oregon’s Stumptown Coffee, and how being bought by Peet’s last October could, “corrode the very core of what has, so far, sustained Stumptown: loyalty.&...

Thoughts on Localism and Resilience

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak to the “Resilience Group,” an informal gathering of environmentalists, activists, and interested others that meet regularly at the home of Wes Jackson, in...

Back to Ohio

From the New Oxford Review, Part Two of Will Hoyt’s survey of eastern Ohio…featuring a triple play of Traci Lords, Clement Vallandigham, and H.H. Richardson!