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Recent Essays

Laudato si’

The new encyclical "on care for our common home" can be read here.

A Discussion of Distraction

Today, The New Yorker ran an article called "A New Theory of Distraction." In the piece, the author--Joshua Rothman--speculates as to the nature of...

Saving the Liberal Arts

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...

Cheap Gratitude

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...

Scary Students

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...

Double Feature

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...

The Celebratory Layoff

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,...

High Salaries, Low Corruption?

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...

An Amazon Rhythm

There’s a recent piece in The New Yorker on the new Amazon Dash Button. For those who don’t know, the Dash Button is a...

Localist Roundup: A New Localist Roundup

You may have noticed that Localist Roundup—FPR’s bi-weekly short post collecting articles of interest from across the internet—has vanished in recent weeks. This post...

Localist Roundup: Exercise in a Bottle

This piece complains that Small Business Saturday remains in the shadow of the more famous day which precedes it. Meanwhile, this article reports that skilled...

Localist Roundup: Stop Black Thursday

This piece offers some criticism of trends in the local food movement. Meanwhile, this article condemns excess and waste in the use of food. This...