The Water Dipper

Snowflakes, Wallace Stegner, and Brokenism

“No Snowflakes are the Same. These Stunning Close-up Photos are Proof.” Amudalat Ajasa explains how Jason Persoff captures amazing images of snowflakes and showcases...

Chickens, AI, and the Legal Conversation

“Daughter of Forgottonia.” Liz Schleicher describes a family rooted in a plot of land near where the Illinois River joins the Mississippi. Guided by...

Payne Hollow, Camels, and Distributism

“Who's Preserving Harlan Hubbard's Beloved Payne Hollow?” Bob Hill writes a lovely account of the Hubbards’ remarkable life and explains the hopes of the...

Dorothy Day, Humility, and Ed McClanahan

“Will the Real Dorothy Day Please Stand Up?” In this review of D.L. Mayfield’s new biography of Dorothy Day, Myles Werntz offers a masterclass...

Wendell Berry, Ronald Blythe, and Oat Milk

“One of Our Most Beloved Environmental Writers Has Taken a Surprising Turn.” I don’t think Berry’s new book is “seething with resentment,” but Daegan...

Scale, Science, and Polarization

“The Fourth Revolution.” Paul Kingsnorth’s latest essay is, I believe, out from behind a paywall. As always, he’s worth reading—in this case, on the...

Important Elections, Art Vandals, and Going Home

“This Is Not the Most Important Election of Our Lives.” Here in Pennsylvania, there’s a lot of talk about the upcoming election that will...

TikTok, Bees, and Lab-Grown Meat

“Will Lab-Grown Meat Save Us?” Elizabeth Wainwright reads environmentalist George Monbiot’s latest book and considers its arguments in the context of two local communities...

Barns, Screens, and Whisky

“American Barn.” In a marvelous essay, Joshua Mabie reflects on the iconic meaning of barns in America: “Attention to barns’ actual history as well...

Conference Videos, Jon Stewart, and Frodo

If you weren't able to join us two weeks ago for our conference, you may want to set aside some time to watch the...