Electing Beaver: The Politics of Place in the Public Square
“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what he saw in a plain way...
There’s No Place Like Home
Absent is the self-examination of the person in the mirror and how we exchange with loved ones around the dinner table. Forgotten is how to live a life more thoughtfully, with reverence and veneration to community and creator.
Sitting Inside a Mountain
Breaking free from the voices, soundtrack, machinery, and plastic of consumption and advertising gives an individual the opportunity to consider questions and ideas that the world outside St. Raymond’s continually beats into the ground.
Is there any difference now between college ball and the NFL?
The Statute of Limitations has Passed
They never quite got it when they asked me if I was “going home for Christmas” and I replied, “I live at home.”
“You go two blocks one way, you're in public housing. You go two blocks the other way, you're at Banana Republic."
What is American?
While there is much work to be done and there are no guarantees of success, we don’t have to look far for the foundations upon which to build. They are all around us.
Will I die here? I don't know. I have tried living away from here and it does not work.
Our Special Today is Spleen
Ah, you know what? Screw it. Give me the hairshirts wherever they are.
The Ties that Stretch and Bind
Many a time, I have seen my friend doting on his little seven-year-old half brother, picking him up from school, cooking for him, and keeping his classmates’ junk food at bay. Staying abroad and settling into some sort of upwardly mobile immigrant comfort would go against the grain of years of habit.