Writers & Poets

In the Company of Dead Men

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And even then we will not have arrived at “the future.”
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A Conversation with Bill Kauffman

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I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
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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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The Bar Jester Considers the Vanity of Doing Good

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Give away a third of your wealth.
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Townsman, cont.

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Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
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Tom Fleming Retires

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Rockford, Illinois.  After thirty-one years at Chronicles Magazine—thirty of them as editor—classicist, poet and polemicist Tom Fleming has retired. During his tenure at this small but influential magazine of the paleoconservative right, which was founded by Polish emigre Leopold Tyrmand…
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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

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

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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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