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When Home is No Home: On Becoming Native to a Changing...

Anyone who seeks to live with integrity in a place ought to seek to know it deeply, yet such knowledge carries with it the risk of disillusionment. It is hard, not in principle but in daily experience, to continue to find joy and beauty in a place one knows to be riven by abuse and injustice.

Brass Spittoon: Ken Myers on Three Decades (almost) of Mars Hill...

Ken Myers of Mars Hill Audio on place, the evangelical mind, and classical music.

Consider the Forest: A Review of Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life...

If a human timescale—privileging our experience and our hopes—is insufficient to understand the forest, then maybe we will be provoked to reconsider both the human and forestal timescale.

Picturing Home

Cultivate. Give order. Name. Attend. Reveal. Craft a parable. Homestead. Welcome. In Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating...

Toward a Somewhere Suburb

In his 2017 book The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics, British commentator David Goodhart seeks to understand...

The Power of Place

Review of “The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists” at the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS. The exhibit runs through...

Some Reservations: Thinking about Native American Spirituality

I remember being held. I remember, though it was the desert, being cold. I remember the feathers of a headdress, coming up...

The American Bookstore: Prologue

Some months ago I stood in a basement bookstore in suburban Maryland and pondered a relic of the 1960s, an artifact of...

Spirits of Place

John Gatta is the William B. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at Sewanee: The University of the South. He’s the author of...

Dear Eugene

One of my heroes of the faith is dead. Eugene Peterson experienced death, but certainly not its sting, as he uttered his final words,...