The Water Dipper

Liberal Arts, Chaos Gardens, and Ralph Meatyard

“Christians Need the Liberal Arts Now More Than Ever.” John Fea argues that the value of a liberal arts education has been made particularly...

Elegy and Plenitude, Decline and Hope

We’ve been getting reports that the new issue of Local Culture is finally arriving in mailboxes. If your copy hasn’t yet come, there’s now a light...

Decadence, Hope, and Eavan Boland

“Sources for Rebuilding.” Anthony Barr reviews Yuval Levin’s A Time to Build and puts it in conversation with a variety of other voices that also celebrate...

Tinned Fruit, Globalization Gravy Train, and Sigrid Undset

“Regeneration.” Plough Quarterly is publishing a special digital issue over the next several weeks with responses from a very promising lineup of authors. One excellent place...

Local Culture Update, Bookshop, and Dvořák in Iowa

A quick update for subscribers to Local Culture: the printing was delayed a bit by COVID-19-related causes. However, our printer was deemed “essential,” (I’m...

Dorothy Day, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Jimmy Dorrell

“Dorothy Day’s Radical Faith.” Casey Cep takes the recent discussions regarding Dorothy Day’s potential sainthood as an occasion to consider her rich and bracing...

Food Sovereignty, Ed McClanahan, and Quarantine Notebook

“Beyond Originalism.” Adrian Vermeule is causing a stir with his conservative critique of originalism in the Atlantic. In its place, he advocates ”common-good constitutionalism.” I’m...

Local Food Systems, Good Stories, and Grassland 2.0

Many of the essays being published right now respond to the coronavirus, and while I’ll link to a few of these below, they all...

Wendell Berry’s Distractions, Productive Households, and Factory Farming

“Wendell Berry: The Poet of Place.” Silas House corresponds with Berry about the work of faithful dwelling and writing: I think my work also has...

Limits, Fantasy, and Pandemics

“To Live and Love with a Dying World.” This conversation between Tim DeChristopher and Wendell Berry is quite good. Berry is a wily old...