Culture, High & Low

An Alternative to Cosmopolitanism

the world July 7, 2014
[This post is adapted with permission from “Making Places: The Cosmopolitan Temptation,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.] When people use…
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Patriot Games

July 2, 2014
Holland, MI [Note: This is the shirt my son wore to the big screen simulcast on the lawn of the Ford Presidential Museum for the US v Belgium soccer game. He wore it because it's awesome.] As our nation –…
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Walker Percy and the Recovery of Place

percy July 1, 2014
[This post is adapted with permission from “GPS and the End of the Road,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister.] In…
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Fences, Vines, Bees, and Huge Chickens

fence June 22, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. We’re building fence this summer. I purchased 150 eight foot posts and we’ve been slowly planting them. We’re putting a paddock in the front and a larger one in the back. But before doing that, I put…
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Vulgar Adolescent Bigness Fetishizers

gulliver-morten16 June 12, 2014
I reflected what a Mortification it must prove to me to appear as inconsiderable in this Nation as one single Lilliputian would be among us.” –Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift Boy oh boy, if I had a dollar for every time…
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Love: Needs, Risks, Opportunities

love_park_philadelphia11 June 9, 2014
Love – it draws out the timeworn clichés and greeting card verse in us, yet it is serious and necessary and hard. Without it, there would be no popular culture; without it, there would be no culture at all. Without…
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Roots Along the River

scioto county June 5, 2014
Historically, the locals have called Pompaples, Switzerland the “milieu du monde.” Not to be confused as a claim about its importance as a cultural or political influence, the title refers to the interesting, well notable, phenomenon of the waters of…
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Soylent: It’s What’s for Dinner (and Lunch and Breakfast)

soylent meal May 23, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. What if you never had to worry about food again? Possible answers: 1) Wow! Think of all the time I can save, all the hassle of shopping, cooking, eating, and cleaning. 2) But isn’t food and eating…
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Thoughts on a Graduation Weekend

millennials May 19, 2014
“We have a world bursting with new ideas, new plans, and new hopes.  The world was never so young as it is today, so impatient of old and crusty things.”  So wrote Walter Lippmann in 1912.  Of course, the world…
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Mapping A Melancholy Soul: A Review of Leil Leibovitz’s A Broken Hallelujah: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen

broken-hallelujah-liel-leibovitz May 16, 2014
Leonard Cohen occupies an unusual position in popular music history. He is routinely neglected by those “Best of the 60′s” nostalgia-fests you see on VH1, CNN, or PBS, yet when he emerges from seclusion once or twice a decade, he…
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Settlement (at Last) at Dumb-Ass Acres

morel May 14, 2014
It’s tough being a good Christian these days.
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Natural Law and Love

PICKWICK_Template May 13, 2014
The following is an excerpt from R.J. Snell’s new book The Perspective of Love: Natural Law in a New Mode. Preface: According to the rightly celebrated theorist J. Budziszewski, natural law is a fact, a “feature of the world having…
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Piketty’s Challenge: A Past That Consumes the Future

thomas-piketty_capital-in-the-twenty-first-century May 8, 2014
But the rate of profit does not, like rent and wages, rise with the prosperity, and fall with the declension of the society. On the contrary, it is naturally low in rich, and high in poor countries, and it is…
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Spandex, Hegel, and the Double Dumb-Ass Victory

What_is_the_Proper_Soldering_Technique_6593119_460 May 7, 2014
It's inscrutable.
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A Tale of Two Bodies

your_local_pharmacy May 6, 2014
With pollen blanketing my car, I stopped by a “local” pharmacy on the way to work this morning. It’s an impressive new building, with a substantial parking lot, gleaming façade, and amenities scattered throughout the aisles. Certainly it was not…
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(Civic) Myths over (Religious) Markets: Defending the National Day of Prayer

May 1, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] I don’t often disagree with my old friend Michael Austin, partly because he’s much smarter and much better read than I, and partly because he’s so thoroughly and non-ideologically committed to a moderate, pragmatic liberalism…
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