Catastrophe, Technology, Limits, and Localism

Charles C. Mann's The Wizard and the Prophet, published earlier this year, is a fabulous book. Not a perfect book; sometimes, in order to...

Social Isolation as the Fruit of Liberalism

Loneliness is on the rise. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people. Our social media networks may number in...

A Flexible Disposition

In 2018, to discuss America’s future is to discuss uncertainty. It is true, of course, that talking about the future—a predictive game dependent on...

The Formative Power of Metrics

Living in an age where information is merely a click (or swipe) away, we are inundated with metrics. Quantitative data is directed our way at...

The Cost of Knowing One’s Place

The first time you read the novels of Thomas Hardy–especially if you read them as a young adult–you’re likely to get a pretty forceful...

Backyard Beekeeping

I had long resisted adding ten thousand new livestock to our less than two acres. I had listened to beekeepers’ tales of bears and...

Summoning Jeremiah

The Call to Prophecy When we think of the great biblical prophets, we might be tempted to think of people concerned mainly with wholly religious...

What Do Farmers Want?

The obvious response to the title of this post is: I don't know; why don't you ask one? Well, Robert Wuthnow and his researchers...

Donald Hall and the Unsettling of American Letters

When Donald Hall passed away last week the obituary in his local New Hampshire newspaper made clear what an exceptional and instructive life he...

AirSpace Colonizes the College Town

As a localist and a voracious reader, it is only natural that I would be deeply devoted to my local independent bookstore. Here in...

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From the Archives

Are Evangelical Colleges Parochial?

Hillsdale, Michigan. Readers may recall the dustup earlier in the summer when Peter Conn prompted pious gasps for suggesting that institutions like Wheaton College...

Community & Language

Their language is hopeful and would be recognizable to any tobacco farmer of the last hundred years. But now they are talking about food.

What the Fork; Or, Why You Should Not Eat the Person Sitting Next to...

  Alexandria, VA . The causes of the current economic collapse have been widely discussed and minutely explored.  However, to date I do not believe...