Region & Place

Wendell Berry Opts Out of the ‘Culture of Violence’

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Our Only World: Ten Essays. By Wendell Berry. Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2015. In January of 2012, Wendell Berry delivered a speech at Georgetown College that explained his support for legalizing gay marriage. Responses from Berry’s Christian readers came thick and fast;…
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When Your Hometown Goes International

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New York City is not an American city; it’s an Arab nation filled with a thousand different tribes who grudgingly live amongst each other. Through its history, parts have tried to secede, parts have burned, but we’ve made it through…
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Why Cities Ought to, Sometimes, Challenge Their States

April 2, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] On next Tuesday’s ballot here in Wichita, KS, voters will be able to, whether they realize it or not, directly contribute to an ongoing struggle over the meaning and operations of democratic government in the…
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The Drama, the Dryer, and the Dingleberry at Dumb Ass: A Dyspatch

Golden Doodle April 1, 2015
I should have non-human clones of my own children, clones on whose meaningless lives I can practice parenting.
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Freedom and Four-Year Olds

PreK iPads March 30, 2015
Holland, MI In public policy, few things are ever entirely right or wrong. Like economics, we are often dealing with trade-offs. Ignoring the trade-offs blinds us to some of the consequences of policies, some of the reasons for the policies,…
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The Church Localversal Part 4: Oz

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The water doesn't give a damn what you think.
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The Church Localversal, Part 3

CathedralOfThePines February 24, 2015
Brokenness is a traveling condition.
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History as Manifesto

February 23, 2015
Dillon, MT Having a personal and professional interest in what people think history is for, I read The History Manifesto with great interest. Jo Guldi (Brown) and David Armitage (Harvard) are having a “think big” moment about History, in an…
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On Dying Where You’re Planted: The Rooted Pastor

February 20, 2015
Manchester, CT I am grudgingly accepting that you don’t choose the place; the place chooses you. I’ve moved around a lot during my time on the planet, first as luggage, then as the guy with the luggage. But I’ve been sitting…
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The Church Localversal, Part 2

Old Country Church February 18, 2015
Injury is a means of measurement.
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The Church Localversal, Part I

Chesterton February 11, 2015
Well, duh!
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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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Praying in the Streets: Ritual as an Urban Design Problem

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“[T]he city as World icon is being destroyed, not by being secularized (it was always secular at base with some sacral potencies shooting through it from every angle) but by being radically profaned. The city has become the playground not…
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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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When Nothing But A Local Newspaper Will Do

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Recently the city council in my hometown decided we desperately needed a courthouse. Mind you, my hometown is not the state capital. It’s not even the county seat. Florissant is a mid-size working class suburb north of St. Louis with a somewhat steady…
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