The Water Dipper

Tech Critique, Simone Weil, and Visceral Lending

We've got a cover and table of contents for the spring issue of Local Culture. If you're a subscriber, you can expect to get...

Friendship, GameStop, and James Herriot

"Eric Gill and the Integrity of Work." In a new preface to an edition of Gill's writings, Wendell Berry identifies the endemic flaw of...

Housekeeping, Epiphany, and a National Elite

“America’s Biggest Owner Of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates.” Ariel Shapiro writes about the massive consolidation of land ownership. Gates is focusing on farmland,...

Precedents, Technosolutionism, and A Hidden Life

“Why I Choose Rural.” Benya Kraus explains why she chose to move to rural Minnesota after graduating from college: “Though I spent my childhood...

Fantasies, a City on the Hill, and Baking Bread

“Failures of Leadership in a Populist Age.” In an essay that rings even more true after the events of Wednesday, Yuval Levin warns would-be...

Happiness, Regionalism, and Jefferson’s Bible

“If Mr. Kristof Is Taking Names, Apple Should Be Next.” Anthony Barr points out the profit-generated blind spot that permits Apple, Disney, and other...

Abundance, Wilderness, and Algorithms

Merry Christmas, Porchers! Thanks for joining us in this virtual space throughout what has certainly been an interesting year. While we missed our yearly...

Coffins, Books, and Haunted Nations

I’ll be taking a break from compiling these weekly roundups during the Advent season. See you all after Christmas! “The Trappists’ Coffins.” In a moving...

Families, Hospitality, and Death

“What are Families For?” The new issue of Plough is out, and it looks excellent. I am trying to avoid reading these essays, though, until my...

Avoiding Demagoguery, Quantification, and the Dire Hose

“How to Protect America From the Next Donald Trump.” While proposals to abolish the Electoral College are popular at the moment, Bryan Garsten recommends...