The Stalinists Take South Carolina, or Why I Love Berlin

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Any expat will tell you that the longer they spend outside of their home country the easier it becomes to dispassionately examine the current events happening there. Last week my eyes fell upon the headline, “South Carolina waves the white flag.”…
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Killer Pumpkin: A GardenDisPatch

Au Sable July 14, 2015
It’s nurse Goodbody pulling up the drive.
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Kids These Days: Why We Shouldn’t Worry if They Don’t Leave Home Early

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A popular version of the undying nostalgia for a golden era gone by is the view that this era was a time when men were men, and children grew into adults at the proper time. These days you cannot go…
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Visit to a Small Planet

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BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY — As New Horizons races past Pluto this week, I offer this blast from the recent past, a tribute to the discoverer of the ninth planet (International Astronomical Union be damned), Clyde Tombaugh. The piece first appeared…
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Contemplation and Distraction; or, Fecating and Free-Ranging Over the Deadline

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I don’t really mind being everyone’s full-time unpaid employee.
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Puritans and The Pope: The Conflicted Christian History of American Ecological Ethics

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The responses from American Christians to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ have fallen into two predictable categories: Economic conservatives push back against Francis’ critique of “technoscience,” claiming that capitalism and technical innovation have made billions of people more prosperous. On…
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Comes the Chicken Coop: A Dispatch

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Laying hens, I warrant, are a vote for the long view.
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30 More Years of Rootless Professors

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In the thirty years since writer-professor Eric Zencey first published his essay “The Rootless Professors” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, much has changed, and much hasn’t, regarding academe’s reputedly rootless ways. “As citizens of the cosmo-polis, the mythical ‘world…
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The Incredible Industrial Egg

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The local library’s inventory reduction sale had progressed over several weeks from a buck a book and a dollar a DVD, to two dollars a flat, and finally to a free for all. There in the dregs was an egg.…
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In the Academy, Violence is the Answer

DH Lawrence June 23, 2015
Maybe I’ll just take the shortcut between the spirit and the flesh.
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The Silly Season is Here Again

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Elections are here, but manure-spreading is nothing new.
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Harriet Tubman, in a Child’s Eye

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BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY - I’m overjoyed that the phiz of that bastard Alexander Hamilton, the father of corporate capitalism, will be removed from the $10 bill he has for so long defaced with his smug mug. I wholeheartedly second my…
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Stinking at Parenting: A Dispatch

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To quote the apostle: And what shall I more say?
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Palmyra, Centurions, and Fighting ISIS from the Bottom Up

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The fact that the chattering classes outraged by ISIS’s atrocities would unleash the latter-day centurions of the air so eagerly, while leashing ordinary people so cavalierly, should give pause to those of us suspicious of the modern state and jealous of society’s spaces.
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He Gets the Welcome He Deserves: A Dispatch

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Nor will I allow myself the fantasy a week hence.
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The Cardinal and the Capitalist

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A cleric with the ear of Pope Francis recently sent Catholic defenders of free markets into a tizzy. At a press conference, Cardinal Oscar Rodriquez Maradiaga of Honduras tossed out this pithy jab: The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too…
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