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The Pleasures of Eating, Romano Guardini, and the Two-Income Trap

“The Pleasures of Eating.” Emergence Magazine published a beautifully illustrated version of Wendell Berry’s classic essay with a preface by Alice Waters. Even if you know...

Lukacs, Tarkington, and Place-Based Policies

“Remembering John Lukacs: Ode to an Academic Outsider.” Will Hoyt remembers the life and writings of one of the great historians and writers of...

FPR Year in Review

It's been a busy year in the virtual pages of FPR. Exciting things have been happening in what I believe is now called "meatspace"---we...

Chinese Surveillance, Class War, and a Land Tax

“Exposed: China’s Operating Manuals for Mass Internment and Arrest by Algorithm.” Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports on China’s sophisticated system of surveillance and detention of Uighurs: The...

G.E.M. Anscombe, Climate Despair, and René Girard

“Untempted by the Consequences.” John Schwenkler has a rich essay on G.E.M. Anscombe in Commonweal. Her fierce fidelity to “doing the truth” makes her a...

The Farm Bill, Afghanistan, and Philanthropy

I hope you enjoy this week’s slate of essays. I’ll be taking a Christmas break the next two weeks, but look for the Water...

Old Tractors, Social Media, and Idolatry

“Once it Comes Time.” Michael Adno narrates the life and work of the photographer William Christenberry: “The thread of memory applied to all his...

Facial Recognition, Urban Dreams, and Rhetoric

“The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It.” Kashmir Hill details the workings of a new facial recognition app for the New...

Rivers, Bill Gates, and Hating Literature

“Rewilding Food, Rewilding Farming.” Vandana Shiva argues that we need to improve farming, not get rid of it: “The notion that high-tech ‘farm free’...

Local Culture 2.1

We're finalizing the next issue of Local Culture. Take a look at the cover and table of contents. If you subscribe by the end...