“A Clearing.” The Hudson Review published a new short story by Wendell Berry, narrated by Andy Catlett.
“On the Front Porch, Black Life in Full View.” Audra D. S. Burch chronicles the important roles that front porches—“a stage straddling the home and the street . . . ; a gift where community lives and strangers become neighbors”—have played in black communities, particularly in Detroit. (Recommended by Jeff Polet.)
“Oliver Callan on Patrick Kavanagh: Burning Rage, Fiery Genius.” Oliver Callan remembers the Irish poet fifty years after his death.
“Civil Eats’ 2018 Holiday Book Gift Guide.” This is a great selection of recent books on agriculture and food.
“Americans are Moving Less than Ever, and It’s Bad for the Economy.” Dan Kopf thinks it’s bad that more Americans are staying put. It might be bad for the GDP, but it’s probably good for our actual oikoi.
“Confessions of a Jet-Set Conservative.” Ben Sixsmith delivers a satisfying rebuke to Max Boot’s new book.
“Prayer Walks.” D. L. Mayfield follows Wendell Berry’s advice to “Listen to the carrion,” and the results are bracing and profound.
“In Conversation: Crystal Wilkinson and Wendell Berry.” The Berry Center hosted a fascinating discussion with two thoughtful, Kentucky authors.
“It Still Bleeds, But It No Longer Leads.” Daniel Kishi writes about the ongoing consolidation of local newspapers and how this hurts small towns.
“Belloc’s Humane Defense of Personhood and Property.” James Matthew Wilson argues that Belloc’s classic The Servile State has wisdom that should guide our political economy.