Category: Region & Place

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...

After Trump #2: Getting Populism Right

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Coming to grips with what the 2016 election means many things, especially for those of us who are hoping to find in Trump’s victory a wake-up call to think again, and better, about how to commit to and ...

Charles Taylor’s Front Porch Democracy

In the wake of the election, Taylor (and the New Yorker!) advocate for some of the central ideas of “Porchism.” http://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/how-to-restore-your-faith-in-democracy