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Water and Wood: An Artistic Parable

Ed Hagenstein reflects on Makoto Fujimura's metaphor for cultural engagement and suggests that cultural renewal starts with the essential resources all around us.

Culture and the Front Porch

What is culture? What hath attachment to do with culture? Why are front porches necessary for culture? Culture is something...

Branding Disaster

Earlier this year, after the Charlie Hebdo shootings, I reflected on the conversations that may or may not ensue from the changing of a...

No, I’m Not Charlie Martel, Either

Some time ago a number of my Facebook friends, some who even claimed to be practicing Catholics, changed their profile pictures on Facebook...

Bar Jester’s Writing Seminar II; or, How to Write Like a...

If you want to write worse than the average undergraduate male, consider philosophy.

The End We Imagine

I recently had a chance to watch the film The Giver. Sometimes we get films early, sometimes late, sometimes at the same time as...

Something’s Fishy–But Not Very–At Dinnertime

Ingham County, MI As darkness falls upon what a friend of mine charitably calls “Jack-Ass Acres,” and as the promise of rain comes with the...

Soylent: It’s What’s for Dinner (and Lunch and Breakfast)

Hidden Springs Lane. What if you never had to worry about food again? Possible answers: 1) Wow! Think of all the time I can...

History as Parable

History is never merely history.