Bill Kauffman

What Do You Feel Like Doing Tonight, Angie?

April 15, 2014

Let’s rent (or buy!) Copperhead, which is being released today on DVD/BluRay.…

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Irish Spring (’14 Issue)

April 9, 2014

From Notre Dame Magazine, the always excellent Jay Walljasper on the promise of the Front Porch.…

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A Good Essayist is Hard to Find

February 21, 2014

Wiseblood Books is about to publish Dana Gioia’s superb “The Catholic Writer Today” as the first in its series of “Wiseblood Essays in Contemporary Culture.” Order now: Not for papists only!…

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New England Patriot

February 14, 2014

From The American Conservative, my appreciation of the decentralist Republican (yes, they do exist) John McClaughry of Vermont.…

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Room with Askew

February 7, 2014

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…

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Flannery Will Get You Everywhere

December 9, 2013

Superb essay by Dana Gioia–keynote speaker at September’s Front Porch Republic conference–on the Catholic writer in America today.…

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Gardnering at Night, Again

October 24, 2013

Anyone blessed enough to be within shouting distance of Batavia, New York, this Saturday, October 26, at 8 pm is invited to drop by the Pok-a-Dot, venerable and funky diner, for the Sixteenth Annual Batavia Reads John Gardner, during which…

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Piercing Hawkeye

October 14, 2013

“I love Old October so/I can’t bear to see her go,” sang the Hoosier Poet of this most resplendent and melancholy month. Among the gifts this October brings is the publication of proud Iowan and porch-sitter Jeff Taylor’s Politics on…

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Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

October 11, 2013

From The American Conservative, my review of Jesse Walker’s terrific new book The United States of Paranoia.…

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It’s Up to You Not to Heed the Call Up

September 11, 2013

During the First World War, the Kansas Socialist Kate Richards O’Hare was thrown into prison for violating Woodrow Wilson’s Espionage Act. Her crime? Telling a North Dakota audience that their rulers in Washington regarded farm mothers as “brood sows, having…

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Commons Sense

July 23, 2013

Jay Walljasper–citizen of Minneapolis, former editor of Utne Reader, and among America’s most insightful and humane observers of urban places–is sharing via free e-book his latest, How to Design Our World for Happiness: A Commons Guide to Placemaking, Public Space,…

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Threefer Monday

July 8, 2013

Herewith links to three great tunes responding to America’s wars: “Glad to Be Home” by Charles Smith and Jeff Cooper (a Deep Soul gem via Clark Stooksbury); “Gettysburg” by Janie Christensen (thanks to Brian Frizzell); and from Daniel Nichols, a…

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It’s the Time of the Season

June 30, 2013

Baseball, poetry, Frederick Exley, death.…

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Green Mountain Cinema

June 28, 2013

From Orion, my profile of Vermont filmmaker Jay Craven.…

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The War Comes Home

My beautiful picture June 26, 2013

This Friday, June 28, Copperhead, which Ron Maxwell directed from my adaptation of a Harold Frederic novella, opens in about 70 cities. A second wave of openings washes across the fruited plains July 19. You can find where it’s playing…

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That’s What I Say

June 25, 2013

The great Ray Sawhill innerviews me for Uncouth Reflections.…

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