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FPR Conference: Register Now!

You won’t want to miss our annual conference. This year it will be held on September 30 at Hope College in Holland MI. We’ve got a great line-up of speakers including Bill Kauffman, Jason Peters, Susannah Black, Patrick Deneen, ...

Adios, Glen Campbell

TAC has resuscitated Bill Kauffman’s appreciative essay from 2012 on the great—and now late—Glen Campbell, a man, like most of us, less sinned against than sinning, or so I reckon. Playing guitar was not one of his offense...

New Book on Wendell Berry and Higher Ed

Front Porchers Jeff Bilbro and Jack Baker—the two JBs of Spring Arbor University—have just brought out Wendell Berry and Higher Education: Cultivating Virtues of Place, a long-awaited book that got an early airing at the FPR con...

A Rebirth of Midwestern Regionalism

My review of an important new book by the midwestern historian, Jon K. Lauck, appears in the new issue of National Review.  I’ll have more to say on western and southern regionalism in the near future; for the moment you may enjoy rea...

To Bail or not to Bail

  Recently David Brooks posted a New York Times op-ed lamenting an increase in “bailing,” which he defines as “flaking” on social commitments. The title of the article was “The Golden Age of Bailing,” although I wonder why he didn’t call it...

The Dryers are Coming! The Dryers are Coming!

South Korea lives on the cutting edge of technology — just ask the young smart-phone zombies that slowly roam the campus where I teach. On second thought, better to send them a ‘chat’ on Kakao Talk, the messaging app that ...

Sitting on the Porch

“I cannot separate it [watching the world go by] from the porch where it occurs. The action and the space are indivisible. The action is supported by this kind of space. The space supports this kind of action. The two form a unit, a pattern...