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Technological Failures, New Localism, and More

Each week, I’ll try to post links to recent essays and stories that might interest Porchers. If you have additional essays to recommend, please...

Nonsense on Stilts? Dandyism? Okay.

If I were God, I’d keep other company.

What the Smartphone is Good For (Besides Nothing)

The invaluable works of our elder writers, I had almost said the works of Shakespeare and Milton, are driven into neglect.

Learning to Wait

"Through delayed fulfillment, good desires grow stronger." Gregory the Great Almost fifty years ago the famous marshmallow experiment suggested the importance of being able to wait. There...

Surfing into Forgetfulness

“And wicked men seek for people with whom to spend their days, and shun themselves; for they remember many a grievous deed when they...

Walker Percy and the Recovery of Place

In a 2009 article in the New York Times, the travel writer Henry Shukman admitted that he was “disappointed” the first time he saw...

Your Computer (and everything connected to it) is Broken

Read this just before your shut your computer down for good. Here's a taste: Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over...

Real Presences

Hidden Springs Lane. What’s the deal with Smart Phones? Go to any public gathering and most of the young people (and some of the...

History as Parable

History is never merely history.