Writers & Poets

Hanging Out with, and Learning from, Some Thoroughly Material Benedictines

May 15, 2015
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] A few weeks ago I was able to, once again, do something that I enjoy doing immensely–take a group of students out on a local food tour, so they can learn firsthand about more sustainable…
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Why Aldo Leopold Wasn’t (thank God!) an Economist

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He knew that costs are costs.
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Thoreau’s Walden: Embracing a Restorative Experience of Nature

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Windswept and partially covered in snow, winter debris still clinging to its banks, Walden Pond offered no glamorous window into the preeminent beauty of nature when I visited in early April. Its crystal waters were masked by ice and the…
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Poetry as Poison

feather March 11, 2015
It doesn’t matter which of our fantasies fail.
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Booth Tarkington after the Great War, ‘That Disquieted and Questioning Time’

bilde March 5, 2015
In this excerpt from America Moved: Booth Tarkington’s Memoirs of Time and Place, 1869–1928, Tarkington reflects on the changes he observed in America following the end of the Great War. Not many of the soldiers who came back to…
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Three Conceptions: Laschian, Romantic, and Immaculate

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Not in entire forgetfulness, And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come From God, who is our home – “Intimations of Immortality,” William Wordsworth As adults, do we see the age of childhood as being…
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Straight Man: An FPR Revaluation

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Her breasts are too good for the local market.
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Berry at SAMLA

November 25, 2014
Jeffrey Bilbro reviews Wendell Berry's appearance at SAMLA.
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Playing With Turtles

November 14, 2014
Spring Arbor, MI (Editor’s note: Like any real front porch, FPR seeks to be a place where children are valued and welcome. Much of what we do seeks the seriousness of a child at play. This is, to my knowledge,…
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The Bombadil Option

November 13, 2014
Manchester, CT “Old Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow, Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow. None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master: His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are
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C.S. Lewis, Insomnia, and the Charientocracy

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… which bleeds at a touch but scratches like a wildcat ...
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Seeing Our (Non-Cosmopolitan) Selves

September 29, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Some years ago, some of the folks behind F5, an alternative weekly newspaper here in Wichita, started a different (and, as it turned out, short-lived) publication, titled simply “Wichita City Paper.” As part of the…
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Lanterns on the Levee: A Slender Revaluation

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... and doing so in syllables of sweetness and light.
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How Marx Explains the Pomo-Con/Front-Porch Divide, In Four Easy Steps

karlmarxlego June 4, 2014
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Via Rod Dreher, I see that the occasionally interesting blog Postmodern Conservative has departed its longtime home at the (often, if not always) theoconservative journal First Things and has relocated to the National Review,…
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Now is the Summer of Our Discontent

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Where's my wanton ambling nymph?
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Gettysburg at 150: Some Essays

November 19, 2013
Holland, MI My wife will be the first to point out that I’m not much of one for marking anniversaries, but it seems – to use Lincoln’s language – fitting and right to take note of the fact that today…
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