Category: Region & Place

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 ...

On Place, Permanence, and Microbrews

“It is a pleasure to carry out one’s duties of a citizen and to receive in return a receipt or a neat styrene card with one’s name on it certifying, so to speak, one’s right to exist.” – Binx Bolling in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer “P...

Kauffman in West Michigan

Come hear Bill Kauffman speak at Hope College on Tuesday, April 18th at 4PM in the Fried-Hemenway auditorium, located within the Martha Miller Center (corner of 10th and Columbia). http://calendar.hope.edu/event/tocqueville_forum_on_being_a...

Howard Frank Mosher, RIP

Howard Frank Mosher, the Vermont novelist whose Kingdom County is one of the great American–which is to say regional–literary creations, has died. Don’t mourn; read him. Herewith a remembrance by Vermont filmmaker Jay Crav...

Don’t Miss This Book

Front Porcher Rob Grano has a lovely little review of John Lewis-Stempel’s The Running Hare: The Secret Life of Farmland. It’s over at The University Bookman. Here’s a taste: “Really: I just want the birds back.̶...

Dash, Grandpa’s Three-Legged Dog

I wasn’t there. In fact, I’m not sure who all was. And as I write this sitting in Michigan, I’m far from those who might know. My Grandma was alive then, of course, but she hadn’t yet met Grandpa, so she wouldn’t have been there in Ewing. A...

Our Escape to Sacred Space

Utah Max Weber never visited the American Southwest, but few theories explain the mass tourism of the region better than his iron cage of disenchantment. The German sociologist saw the modern world as a lifeless system of technology and bur...