Culture, High & Low

Local Wonderings in Wichita

January 20, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Wichita, KS, is the home to a wonderful bookstore, Eighth Day Books. (Which isn’t my favorite bookstore in Wichita, but that’s partly because my wife works at its primary rival.) One of the main reasons…
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Beyond Josh Lyman Politics: How the West Wing Miseducated My Political Generation

JoshLyman January 15, 2015
A few years ago, Josh Lyman spoke at Harvard to a packed room of starstruck student politicos. It wasn’t the real Josh Lyman, of course, because he isn’t real: he was the fictional Deputy Chief of Staff played by Bradley…
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John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil: A Brief FPR Revaluation

Protecting January 14, 2015
Marian devotion remains stubbornly enduring.
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Skillet Penne-Sausage And The New Year’s Dissolution

New Year December 31, 2014
My own concentration has been tested by an even greater distraction.
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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014
Holland MI Today, Christians will celebrate the birth of Christ. Commenters on these pages have in the past noted some tensions between the Porch’s localist themes and the universalist themes of Christianity; between our sense of place and a strain…
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Said the Bar Jester to the Mighty King

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Don’t be a Scrooge, Mighty King.
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Compromising with Leviathan

Leviathan_by_Thomas_Hobbes (1) December 17, 2014
The NBA is chloroform in motion.
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Opening Night, Way off Broadway: Greater Tuna in Shiner, Texas

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In this edition of Tales from the Kolache Belt, we celebrate community theatre. Not many rural towns of just over 2,000 souls can boast an institution like the Gaslight Theatre, but it is a testament to the people of…
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The End We Imagine

December 11, 2014
I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as they are released in the United States. The Giver was one of the ones that had…
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Metaphysics as a Guide to Porters

God Damn PBJ Pigeon Porter December 10, 2014
Now you’re in the region of a woman’s fury.
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Free Yourself from the Telescopic Morality Machine

Image source December 9, 2014
There is one version of the history of modern media that is a story primarily about a drug, developed to make its users feel anger with delightful intensity. Refinement of this drug has made some great leaps in a very…
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A Different Approach to Money in the Household

December 2, 2014
“So if one doesn’t know how to make use of it, Critobulus, then money must be kept at such a distance that it isn’t even included among one’s assets.” Socrates, in The Estate Manager, by Xenophon This time of year…
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The Monday Morning Brass Spittoon: Roundtable on Immigration

December 1, 2014
Our panel discusses immigration policy from a localist perspective.
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Thanksgiving Reflection III: Unbought Grace

November 27, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. It’s raining. Yesterday we were told to expect 4-8 inches of snow. I was looking forward to the snow. Getting a good snow for Thanksgiving somehow seemed like a good idea. A cessation of movement. A chance…
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Thanksgiving Reflection II: Modestly Thankful

November 27, 2014
I am ambivalent about Thanksgiving. Giving thanks is not a problem though I am sure I could show more gratitude especially when stuck behind some driver in the passing lane who doesn’t know how highways work. I am one of…
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Thanksgiving Reflections I

November 27, 2014
[Editor's note] President Washington, in his original Thanksgiving Day proclamation, insisted it the “duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,” and to be “grateful for His benefits.” Washington also gave thanks for our liberty and our temporal…
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