Comes the Chicken Coop: A Dispatch

Ingham County, MI Here at Dumb-Ass Acres there’s no telling when signs from God are going to drop out of the sky. (If everything that happens to you is worth writing about, then clearly God is deeply… [more]

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30 More Years of Rootless Professors

In the thirty years since writer-professor Eric Zencey first published his essay “The Rootless Professors” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, much has changed, and much hasn’t, regarding academe’s… [more]

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The Incredible Industrial Egg

The local library’s inventory reduction sale had progressed over several weeks from a buck a book and a dollar a DVD, to two dollars a flat, and finally to a free for all. There in the dregs was an egg.… [more]

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DH Lawrence Maybe I’ll just take the shortcut between the spirit and the flesh.
honey-wagon Elections are here, but manure-spreading is nothing new.
Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.33.19 AM BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY - I’m overjoyed that the phiz of that bastard Alexander Hamilton, the father of corporate capitalism, will be removed from the $10 bill he has for so long defaced with his smug mug. I wholeheartedly second my…
Salome-pepe-le-pew-300 To quote the apostle: And what shall I more say?
Gronlund-What-Do-We-Want-to-Save-in-Palmyra-690 The fact that the chattering classes outraged by ISIS’s atrocities would unleash the latter-day centurions of the air so eagerly, while leashing ordinary people so cavalierly, should give pause to those of us suspicious of the modern state and jealous of society’s spaces.
Pepe Le Pew 3 (Small)(1) Nor will I allow myself the fantasy a week hence.
Screen Shot 2015-06-05 at 12.45.52 PM A cleric with the ear of Pope Francis recently sent Catholic defenders of free markets into a tizzy. At a press conference, Cardinal Oscar Rodriquez Maradiaga of Honduras tossed out this pithy jab: The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too…
Busto di Solone (640 a.C ca-560 a.C ca), marmo The Greeks were funny. We don’t usually think of them that way; we think of them as marbled patriarchs in togas, Really Important Men We Revere for Some Reason. Admittedly, we don’t usually think of them at all these days;…
8509919-Samuel-Johnson-1709-1784-on-engraving-from-the-1800s-English-author-who-made-lasting-contributions-t-Stock-Photo Give away a third of your wealth.
Graduation-Quotes-13 Holland, MI It is graduation season. On campuses across the country graduates will be subject to the last compulsory and least remarkable rite of passage: the commencement address. By my calculations I have attended nearly 30 graduation ceremonies. Of the…

A Presidential Proposal Worthy of the Porch

May 28, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] The blogger, pundit, screenwriter, and all-around mensch Noah Millman has come up with a brilliant idea–Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont, and Jim Webb, former U.S. Senator from Virginia, both of whom (the first officially,…
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Townsman, cont.

macbeth May 27, 2015
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
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Tom Fleming Retires

cover0105 May 21, 2015
Rockford, Illinois.  After thirty-one years at Chronicles Magazine—thirty of them as editor—classicist, poet and polemicist Tom Fleming has retired. During his tenure at this small but influential magazine of the paleoconservative right, which was founded by Polish emigre Leopold Tyrmand…
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Townsman of a Stiller Town: Death on the American Highway

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Earth's the right place for love.
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Witchcraft in Church? Against Glamorous Worship

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Recently, our local Trappist Monastery, the Abbey of the Genesee, unveiled a renovation of the sanctuary of the Abbey church. To the shock of some — those who often claim to have their ‘finger on the pulse’ — the remodel did…
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The Soul of Facebook Venting: Empowered Alternatives to Ranting Online

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In the old days, when you saw something in your morning newspaper that bothered you, you could vent your ballooning anger with a minute or two of hearty breakfast-table grumbling. Today, we have Facebook for that.   I know I…
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