Author Archives: Bill Kauffman

The Hyperlocal Beat

The Batavian is both crux of local culture, and beacon to small-town America newspapers.

Vermont’s Republican Radical

John McClaughry brings an “ornery” yet humane spirit to American politics.

What Rural America Is For

Farmers aren’t cannon-fodder—or dangerous gun nuts, either.

Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

Neighborliness usually trumps hysteria—it’s the placeless who fall for conspiracies.

How Not to Watch ‘Copperhead’

Sidney Blumenthal misunderstands a film about peace, community, and the limits of dissent—not the Union or Confederate causes.

A League of My Home

Baseball at its best is about place, not players.

For President Buchanan

The screenwriter of the new Civil War movie “Copperhead” on historical fiction and one of America’s least loved leaders.

Look Homeward, Devil

The tenth anniversary of a little book about the America overshadowed by war: Dispatches From the Muckdog Gazette.

The Utica Club

Pledging allegiance to Little America

I Clean My Gun and Dream of Galveston

A dispatch from Glen Campbell’s valedictory tour

Who Needs a President?

The Founders’ greatest error

Party Animus

Why your vote doesn’t matter

My Pen Pal Gore Vidal

A life in letters

Just Deseret

How I learned to love LDS

Rocky’s Drug War

The continuing toll of Nelson Rockefeller’s prison-industrial complex

Ballot of a Thin Man

The Paul campaign calls to mind the rebellious ethos of 1980s punks.

How I Met Eldridge Cleaver

Bill Kauffman reflects on a quarter-century of notable interlocutors

Peckinpah Country

I’m on one of my periodic Sam Peckinpah benders. (“You call that …

Planet of the Japes

This article appears in the February 2012 issue of The American Conservative.

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