The Water Dipper

Predictions, Literature, and Baseball

“Will Technology Enhance or Deplete Relationships?” Matthew Loftus draws lessons on electronic medical records and our broader use of technology from What is Not...

Disinformation, Friendship, and Beauty

“The Death Spiral of an American Family.” Eli Saslow profiles a family in Detroit who are at loose ends after the death of their...

Public Writing, Fences, and Neighbors

“Democrats are Kicking Rural America to the Curb. Again.” Art Cullen gives Democrats a tongue-lashing for their plans to change the primary schedule and...

Scruton, Globalization, and Concentric Roots

“Scruton Makes His Case.” John G. Grove reviews a new collection of Scruton’s essays and finds that they display his optimistic “pessimism paradoxically leads...

Suffering, Happiness, and Baseball

“How Tech Despair Can Set You Free.” In a rich essay on Jacques Ellul, Samuel Matlack faces the dangers of our technological society squarely...

Soil, Friendship, and Laughter

“Why Putin is no Hitler.” Daniel McCarthy warns against falling into wrongheaded patterns of thinking as war takes place in Europe: “Certain reflexes remain...

Wendell Berry, Urban Planning, and Gleaning

“Wendell Berry’s Advice for a Cataclysmic Age.” In a surprisingly sympathetic essay—surprising given its appearance in the New Yorker, a publication not known for...

Boys, Protests, and the Metaverse

“Big Business Games the Supply Chain” Rose Adams describes how companies like Amazon and Walmart are better positioned to profit from supply chain snarls...

Shakespeare, Maus, and Mushrooms

“‘Aw, Partners, It’s Been a Bitch.’ A Letter from Ken Kesey After His Son’s Death.” Ken Kesey’s letter to Wendell Berry and other mutual...

Idols, Democracy, and Communion

“The Migration of the Holy.” Paul Kingsnorth weighs England’s purported secular culture and finds it wanting. As he argues, “everything is religious,” and when...