The Batavian is both crux of local culture, and beacon to small-town America newspapers.
John McClaughry brings an “ornery” yet humane spirit to American politics.
Farmers aren’t cannon-fodder—or dangerous gun nuts, either.
Neighborliness usually trumps hysteria—it’s the placeless who fall for conspiracies.
Sidney Blumenthal misunderstands a film about peace, community, and the limits of dissent—not the Union or Confederate causes.
Baseball at its best is about place, not players.
The screenwriter of the new Civil War movie “Copperhead” on historical fiction and one of America’s least loved leaders.
The tenth anniversary of a little book about the America overshadowed by war: Dispatches From the Muckdog Gazette.
Pledging allegiance to Little America
A dispatch from Glen Campbell’s valedictory tour
The Founders’ greatest error
Why your vote doesn’t matter
A life in letters
How I learned to love LDS
The continuing toll of Nelson Rockefeller’s prison-industrial complex
The Paul campaign calls to mind the rebellious ethos of 1980s punks.
Bill Kauffman reflects on a quarter-century of notable interlocutors
I’m on one of my periodic Sam Peckinpah benders. (“You call that …
This article appears in the February 2012 issue of The American Conservative.