Bill Kauffman

I’m…Waiting for My Manuscript

August 12, 2015
Okay, one more advert for myself, or rather my latest, lukewarm off the presses from Front Porch Republic Books: Poetry Night at the Ballpark and other Scenes from an Alternative America. This is from that essential bimonthly, The American Conservative.…
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Surely Booth

August 2, 2015
Tarkington, that is. America Moved, edited by our very own Jeremy Beer, receives an exceptionally fine review in the University Bookman by their fellow Hoosier Nathan P. Origer.…
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Visit to a Small Planet

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BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY — As New Horizons races past Pluto this week, I offer this blast from the recent past, a tribute to the discoverer of the ninth planet (International Astronomical Union be damned), Clyde Tombaugh. The piece first appeared…
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Harriet Tubman, in a Child’s Eye

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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…
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“My Dad” by Paul Westerberg

June 18, 2015
A Father’s Day song, courtesy of the pride of the Twin Cities. Yeah, it’s a couple of days early, but then as Senator Henry Moore Teller (D-CO) said during the 1908 debate over the establishment of a national Mother’s Day,…
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The Gentlemen from Indiana

May 10, 2015
Booth Tarkington and Jeremy Beer, that is. From The American Conservative. And what the hell, here’s R. Dean Taylor (a Canadian) too.…
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Spangled Webb

April 10, 2015
On James Webb, novelist-politician.…
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Missouri Loves Company

March 30, 2015
I’ve caught a lot of lucky breaks (or unmerited graces) in my life. For instance, I had two superb editors at Henry Holt, which in 2003 published Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette, and both have gone on to write books…
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White Hunter, Iraq Heart

February 21, 2015
From Reason, the excellent Jesse Walker locates American Sniper within a semi-nativist (if sometimes anti-native) American antiwar tradition. For what it’s worth, I found it a powerful film, and not at all jingoistic.…
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Drove My Chevy to See Levy

January 30, 2015
From The American Conservative, the art of Alexander O. Levy, who painted the street where he lived.…
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The Gales of November

November 2, 2014
What the populist campaign of Zephyr Teachout presages (maybe).…
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The Inconstant Gardners

October 23, 2014
Those whom fortune has favored so bountifully as to place them within spitting distance of Batavia, New York, this Saturday, October 25, at 8 pm, are invited to drop by the Pok-a-Dot diner for our 18th annual “Batavia Reads Gardner”…
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Clevelands Rock

October 17, 2014
From The American Conservative, the love story of Frankie and Uncle Jumbo.…
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Remembering Leonard Liggio

October 16, 2014
Ralph Raico eulogizes his old friend and fellow Youth for Taft Leonard Liggio, a sweet and erudite man.…
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I Wish That I Had Jesse’s Book

October 14, 2014
Walker, that is. His The United States of Paranoia is out today in paperback. Buy, read, enjoy.…
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Melancholy Late August Turns Melancholier

August 28, 2014
Our archrival of 75 years, Jamestown, leaves the New York-Penn League.…
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