Bill Kauffman

A Quaker for Peace

July 18, 2014
From The American Conservative, my remembrance of Robert D. Stuart Jr., whose family knew oatmeal.…
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Thoroughly Anti-Modern Milius

June 5, 2014
On John Milius, writer-director-surfer-anarchist, from The American Conservative.…
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Who Owns America?

May 21, 2014
In The American Conservative, Ralph Nader, paladin of the American anti-monopolist tradition, revives the great distributist-agrarian project of the 1930s.…
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First Dandelions of the Year Today!

May 6, 2014
Dear common flower, that grow’st beside the way, Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold, First pledge of blithesome May, Which children pluck, and, full of pride uphold, High-hearted buccaneers, o’erjoyed that they An El Dorado in the grass have…
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The Front Page

April 18, 2014
On Howard Owens and the relocalization of American journalism.…
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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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