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The Local Barber

I recently visited a barber in my Virginian hometown whom I had not patronized in more than a year (I’d taken to...

“Blackest Land, Whitest People”

From here in my long-time Midwestern location, these lots are unshakeable reminders of a place in Texas where a shameful darkness once surrounded a part of my childhood.

Leo Durocher: The All-American Contradiction

The coming of October, and of the World Series as culmination, invites reflection on yet another season in which the home run (and the...

“Anything Less than Ownership is Unacceptable!”

Many Americans do not need a data visualization to see that their places, especially their cities, are sharply divided along racial lines. Even so,...

J. Drew Lanham’s Clear-Eyed Vision of the Land

“I think of land and hope that others are thinking about it, too.” Those of us who try to think about land have much...

A Tale of Two Tragedies

This past week, the Baton Rouge district attorney announced he would not press charges against the two police officers who shot and killed Alton...

Communal Self-Reliance: A Tie to Bind Black and White

Two recent incidents have made clear to me how the culture wars can stultify the fecund complexity of our common life. Recently, my wife...

Firm Identities and Loose Borders

Hillsdale, Michigan. A drive back from New England to the upper mid-West on Tuesday gave me ample time to hear the journalistic accounts of...

The Lost Children

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton abortion decisions. Together, they represented a serious defeat for the unalienable right to life, the constitutional system of federalism, and the principle of democracy.