Author Archives: Bill Kauffman

An Armenian Rhapsody

Why do their films, including those about the genocide, always get the shaft from Hollywood?

We Could Use a Shelby Foote Today

One of the greatest Civil War historians saw nobility in the stars and bars.

He Was a Lifelong Buddy

And he doesn’t belong in a cage. Coping when a dear friend is sentenced to prison.

Loyalty to Place Can Renew American Towns

Our hometowns—or the places we make our hometowns—deserve our love.

The Real Buffalo Rises

How one American city lost, and then reclaimed its destiny.

California Split

The post-election “Calexit” movement owes as much to petulance as to principle.

Populism Needs Place-ism

When unmoored, populism begets a twister of nationalistic nothingness

Business Class

In praise of the middle-class man of commerce and letters.

The Meaning of ‘America First’

Trump draws on a century-old slogan, albeit imperfectly.

Party Like It’s 1896

Today’s GOP defectors don’t measure up to the principled third-party candidates of yore.

By the Time I Got to Phoenix

The persuasive power of hospitality, family, and ice cream

Why They Love Trump

Like William Randolph Hearst before him, the celebrity’s anti-elitist bluster speaks to genuine resentment.

Bob Dylan, Christian Anarchist

If there’s anything the U.S. needs right now, it’s some old-fashioned rulebreakers.

Bernie Sanders—Yes or No?

Vermonters weigh in on the radical old man of the 2016 race.

Essays Against the Man

A Muckdog reporter looks back on 30 years of journalism

What Drove Booth Tarkington?

How a 20th-century gentleman from Indiana fought giantism

James Webb, War Novelist

The former senator’s literary work displays his noninterventionist past and appealing populism.

America’s Home-Made Art

The essential work of reclaiming local artisanship

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