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Walking, Belonging, and Counting

This will be my last Water Dipper for a couple of months; I’ll be quite busy with moving and all the accompanying obligations. Doug...

Creatures, Outsourcing Food, and Local News

“Is Self-Help Advice Doomed to Be Conservative?” Rebecca Onion interviews Pete Davis about his new book, and Pete articulates the goods that come with...

Dante, Influencers, and Replanting

“The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill.” Megan Molteni tells a fascinating and disturbing story about the complicated ways in which medical research...

Love, Tyranny, and Names

“In Defense of Jane Austen.” Dwight Lindley III responds to a recent controversy over Austen and suggests that we follow her own example in...

Truth, Dedication, and Wonder

“The Cross and the Machine.” Paul Kingsnorth narrates his unlikely conversion to Christianity in a very Porcher key: I realized that a crisis of limits...

Mother Trees, Vaccines, and Charles Péguy

“Finding the Mother Tree: An Interview with Suzanne Simard.” In this interview with Emergence Magazine, Simard talks about her work on fungal networks and forest...

Associational Life, Liberal Arts Farmers, and Forgiveness

“Bread and Circuses: The Replacement of American Community Life.” Lyman Stone has a lengthy new report on recent shifts in American associational life: “The...

Mass Uprooting, Guilds, and the Classics

“The Turning Point.” Carlo Lancellotti draws on the work of Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce to supplement recent sociological descriptions of our individualistic society:...

Infrastructure, Our Towns, and Opioids

“The American Jobs Plan Will Make Our Infrastructure Crisis Worse.” Over at Strong Towns, Charles Marohn has a multi-part essay responding to Biden’s infrastructure...

Current, Infernal Liberty, and Barry Lopez

“Rooting for the Future.” Current, a new website edited by FPR fellow-travelers Eric Miller and John Fea, is now live. Eric describes his vision for...