Skyler Reidy

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Nature, Labor, and a Goat Named Alcibiades

As I cranked the lever I could watch the forest become pasture. I was using a come-along, a simple winch for tightening wire, to...

Airports are Non-Places

As I write this, Edward Snowden is moping his way through exile in the Moscow airport. He can't leave because crossing through passport control...

The Monster and the City

“I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man.” So says Frankenstein's...

John Taylor of Caroline and Energy Policy

When Odysseus visited Hades, he spoke with many of the greatest fallen Greeks: Achilles, Agamemnon, the prophet Tiresias. He sees many others, and considers...

The Coiled Hose

I spent the last eight months working on a dairy farm, and every morning after finishing milking and cleaning the stanchions, I would coil...

The Country That Banned Milk

What would we think of a government that banned milk? Would we think it over-reaching, even oppressive? Would we condemn it for rejecting a...

The Politics of the Clothesline

Yesterday I ambled towards my cottage, returning from putting the cattle out to pasture for the evening. The sun was sinking low in the...