Bill Kauffman’s New Book

June 15, 2015
… Poetry Night at the Ballpark and Other Scenes from an Alternative America is the latest title from FPR Books. Herein, for your convenience and reading pleasure, Bill collects various and sundry pieces written between 1986 and 2014. Do an…
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Localist linkfest

June 14, 2015
Why Evelyn Waugh stopped voting Parochial plug for the best state, from Nathaniel Beverley Tucker: The Virginian is a Virginian every where. In the wilds of the west, on the sands of Florida, on the shores of the Pacific—every where…
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Saving the Liberal Arts

June 11, 2015
Damon Linker had a piece at The Week yesterday, explaining “How to save liberal arts education.” From the article: The structural trends working against the humanities are just too strong. There is, for one thing, the way that the old-fashioned American…
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Cheap Gratitude

June 9, 2015
Yesterday, The Atlantic ran a piece called, “‘I’ve Never Thanked My Parents for Anything.’” The author–Deepak Singh–explains the differences between “thank you”s  in the States, and expressions of gratitude from his country of origin–India: I have been living in the United…
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Localist linkfest

June 8, 2015
Adam Gurri on persuasion and economics Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs The Upper East Side housewife: a pop-anthropological study With friends like these, the humanities don’t need enemies: Enrollment in the liberal arts and humanities continues to sink, particularly in…
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Scary Students

June 4, 2015
There’s a piece at Vox by Edward Schlosser (a pseudonym) entitled “I’m a liberal professor, and my liberal students terrify me.” In the piece, the author confesses his own terror of offending his students: I have intentionally adjusted my teaching materials…
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New Author Site and Archive

June 3, 2015
Somewhere between three and seven readers of FPR will be pleased to hear that I have launched a new website that serves to archive publications from various magazines and journals, provides descriptions of my books, and gathers together various reviews…
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The Philanthropic Revolution

June 1, 2015
Founding editor Jeremy Beer has just had his very important The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity published by UPenn Press. Walter McDougall called it “a synthetic masterpiece,” and R.R. Reno lauds it as “marvelous history.” Jeremy’s book…
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Double Feature

May 28, 2015
Two articles caught the attention of my Porcher sensibilities today. The first was a piece in the New York Times on urban gardening: Kerry Trueman and Matt Rosenberg began by growing tomatoes on the roof of their third-floor walk-up in the West…
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One Faithful Bee

May 27, 2015
“Some have affirmed that bees possess a share Of the divine mind and drink ethereal draughts; For God, they say, pervades the whole of creation.”             Virgil, The Georgics I took this photo today of a…
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The Celebratory Layoff

May 26, 2015
The Atlantic ran a piece this morning on how a California-based company called HopeLab is trying to make layoffs and firings more enlivening: Chris Murchison, the company’s vice president of staff development and culture, recently spoke about the counterintuitive philosophy…
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Localist Linkfest

May 24, 2015
From “Homeschooling and Christian Duty,” by Sally Thomas, in First Things: The idea of sending a child daily into a hostile environment—if not actively hostile, as in bullying, then certainly philosophically hostile—expecting him not only to withstand assaults on everything his…
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The Mythology of an Anti-Christian Bigot

May 23, 2015
Though far, in its main argument, from the central concerns of the Porch, some readers may be interested in my account of mythos and the nature of culture as an essentially poetic act, in this essay in Crisis Magazine.  An…
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High Salaries, Low Corruption?

May 22, 2015
I read a piece in The Week today, provocatively entitled “Pay politicians like movie stars!” The author, Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, has taken aim against cronyism: But much of it, as you already know, comes through because of the nasty business of the…
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The True Conservative

May 19, 2015
Writes Pat Buchanan of his work these last ten years: Our agenda in that decade was—stay out of wars that are not our business, economic patriotism, secure borders, and America first. Not, as he a observes, a platform to woo…
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Localist linkfest

May 18, 2015
Patrick Deneen in First Things, on Indiana’s RFRA fight: This past spring, we saw something quite different and revealing and worrying. With the imprimatur of American elites, which was clearly given in the furor over Indiana’s RFRA, religiously based opposition to…
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