Writers & Poets

What You Need to Know About Henry David Thoreau

088-walden-pond-2 August 25, 2013
This is an entry in FPR’s One Thousand Words series. Over the next few months, perhaps longer, several dozen contributors will tell us what we need to know about a wide variety of figures—some obscure, some not—in one thousand words…
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Pondering St. Francisville, Gilead, and our Stories of Place

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[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Jeremy Beer’s recent review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming leads me to once again reflect upon Rod Dreher’s excellent book (about which I’ve already had a lot to say), in part because it…
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Radical Traditionalists: The Fall of Triumph Magazine

fritz July 3, 2013
This article first appeared in Ethika Politika, the journal of the Center for Morality in Public Life. In May of 1970, back from the Vietnam War and newly released from the Army, I arrived at the campus of the University of…
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The War Comes Home

My beautiful picture June 26, 2013
This Friday, June 28, Copperhead, which Ron Maxwell directed from my adaptation of a Harold Frederic novella, opens in about 70 cities. A second wave of openings washes across the fruited plains July 19. You can find where it’s playing…
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On a Sculpture by Herbert Adams

Adams A Portrait of a Young Lady June 20, 2013
For Adams and his peers the trade of art must have itself seemed an imported thing: threatening, rarified, and set apart like thorned peaks of the Swiss Alps rupturing above the folded skin of clouds.
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At Bar Harbor Once, And Once . . .

water carriers June 11, 2013
We scrambled up the craterous outcrop that ruptured like an isle in the gray sands spread thin around Cille inne Bay.
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The Night of Susurrant Voices

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God didn't put twelve months on the calendar so we could work them all.
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Gatsby for the Millennials

Gatsby May 23, 2013
Berwyn, PA.  I was a little surprised, not too long ago, to hear a student mention that The Great Gatsby was her favorite book.  “Because it is the only book you have read,” flashed through my mind, before I could…
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The Problem of Undertheorized Agrarianism in Most Actually Argued Localism

April 25, 2013
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] That’s a terrible title for this post, I know. But hopefully it’ll make sense, if you actually make it to the end. First of all, if any reader of this blog has missed out on…
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The Pythagorean Temptation

2013-Candlemas-DT-Cover April 19, 2013
Berwyn, PA.  In his Degrees of Knowledge, Jacques Maritain argues that one central fault of the modern mind has been its propensity to think of mathematics rather than metaphysics as first philosophy.  If we take number for the foundation of…
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Mark Mitchell’s Politics of Gratitude (Theoretical and Otherwise)

tree April 18, 2013
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] To continue with the excellent discussion begun by R.J. Snell, Mark Mitchell’s fine and thoughtful book is filled with important insights and challenges, which do not, in my judgment, quite achieve what the author lays…
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From the Trinity Capital

Trinity Capital April 12, 2013
Beyond the purple velvet drapes, the skeins of billowed gossamer, my hotel window looks down on the back gates of Trinity College. Up three floors and pierced by a late October sun, the room has been done up like a swinger’s pad, with leopard print and leather, with mirrors and conic shaded lights in orbit about the dark mass of the pillowed bed.
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Ruthie Leming’s (and Rod Dreher’s) Little Way

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[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Rod Dreher’s 2006 manifesto, Crunchy Cons, was an inspiration (and provocation) to many, on both the left and the right. It wasn’t that the book was a tremendous intellectual break-through or an entirely new…
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History is Bunk

Fur_traders_in_canada_1777 March 19, 2013
Serious bunkitude, dude.
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Life Under Compulsion: Music and the Itch

bagpiper March 11, 2013
Like dew on the gowan lying Is the fa’ o’ her fairy feet; Like winds in summer sighing, Her voice is low and sweet. Her voice is low and sweet, And she’s a’ the world to me, And for bonnie
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The Journey Home

journey home March 4, 2013
If you had told me, a happy and professionally satisfied D.C. lawyer living on Capitol Hill, just over a year ago, that I would be back someday soon living in my hometown of East Grand Rapids, Michigan, writing this, I…
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