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In the Heart of the Empire, a Tiny Garden Grew

April 24, 2014

This wonderful essay–a sad, reflective, but also hopeful one–tells the story of Michelle Obama’s long forgotten (by most people, anyway) backyard garden initiative, and the local farmer (the father of the essay’s author) who, by happenstance, was tapped to help…

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“Centered on Their Own Community”

April 24, 2014

So says Michael W. Hannon of the Norbertines at St. Michael’s Abbey.

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Localist Roundup: Community Garden

April 22, 2014

This article bemoans the modern teenager’s inability to engage in conversation.
Meanwhile, this piece describes a community garden effort in Wisconsin.
This article tries to explain why large corporations fail to “do the right thing.”
Lastly, a UK TV personality…

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The Front Page

April 18, 2014

On Howard Owens and the relocalization of American journalism.…

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Daddy, Why are There Flowers?

April 16, 2014

I pride myself on answering questions. As a teacher I have the opportunity to answer many, and I try to do so with precision and completeness.
But some questions are different.
This one pierced through the normal routine of question…

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On the Nightstand this Week: Lear

April 15, 2014

A good recent Louisville production of King Lear… sent me back to my handily small Yale edition to reread this most poignant of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Its title character is the hardest of his rulers to play, after Leontes—because Lear is

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Localist Roundup: Alienation of Labor

April 15, 2014

This piece talks about the trend towards urban beekeeping, specifically in London.
Meanwhile, this article worries about the shortage of farmers in America. At the same time, food prices are hitting record highs.
Lastly, this interview has some interesting reflections…

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Let the Liberal Arts Die

April 15, 2014

Everything we are as persons can be expressed in terms of production and commodification.

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Lecture at Hope

April 15, 2014

West Michiganders: Michael Federici of Mercyhurst University will be lecturing on Hope’s campus in the auditorium of the Martha Miller Center (10th and Columbia) this Thursday, April 17, on the topic “The Constitutionality of Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate.” The lecture will…

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What Do You Feel Like Doing Tonight, Angie?

April 15, 2014

Let’s rent (or buy!) Copperhead, which is being released today on DVD/BluRay.…

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Jesse Winchester, Southern Regionalist, RIP

April 12, 2014

Jesse Winchester, a tuneful poet from a small corner of southern America who had to flee America–at a time when it was going through one of its more invasively imperial stages–to find his voice passed away yesterday. Anyone who knows…

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Localist Roundup: The Politics of Sprawl

April 10, 2014

This article makes an interesting connection between place and politics. Specifically, it claims that sprawling cities favor Republican politics, while compact cities favor Democrat ideas.
Meanwhile, this piece examines an organization that has made efforts to implement localist ideas.
On…

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Irish Spring (’14 Issue)

April 9, 2014

From Notre Dame Magazine, the always excellent Jay Walljasper on the promise of the Front Porch.…

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Holland, MI: The Movie

April 9, 2014

Hollywood wants to make a movie set in Holland. Uh oh.
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Fathers and Sons, and Gardens

April 9, 2014

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort.”
“Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning; for it does people favors in proportion to…

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Localist Roundup: Greed and Greens

April 8, 2014

This article attempts to trace the history and acceptability of greed.
Meanwhile, this piece give an interesting perspective on the lack of moral framework faced by younger generations in today’s society.
Also, here’s a piece extolling the teaching of poetry.…

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