Author Archives: Gracy Olmstead

About Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is an associate editor at TAC. In addition to The American Conservative, she has written for The Washington Times, the Idaho Press Tribune, The Federalist, and Acculturated. Follow Gracy on Twitter @GracyOlmstead, or e-mail at

How to Pay Attention

Does it require “monotasking,” or just multicolor fonts?

The Cost of Big Ag

As our system of agriculture has grown in size, it has also grown less sustainable.

Why We Need Limits

Voters may be wrong to choose Trump—but they’re not wrong in believing we need borders in our society once more.

Organic Before It Was Cool

A book about the farmers who have “stayed in, and stayed small”

The Joy of Stuff

Our homes should be full of curiosity and creativity—whether or not they are immaculately clean.

The Perils of Innovation

The work of conserving is just as valuable as that of creating

Your Friends Are Not an App

Technology can undermine selfless, honest relationships—but it doesn’t have to.

Of Citizens and Covenants

How do we rebuild our fraying social fabric?

Don’t Forget Lahore

The Pakistani Christians and Muslims killed on Easter deserve more Western notice.

What Parents Might Not Be Telling You

Don’t let social media fool you. Having a kid can be fun.

March Madness: A Family Affair

How a basketball tournament fosters tradition and fellowship

Don’t Hate Trump’s Supporters

Why frustration with Trump shouldn’t lead to mockery of his base

Through Wendell Berry’s Looking Glass

A new documentary about the author reminds us of the importance of place.

Why #NeverTrump Isn’t Working

Social media users may not have their intended effect in the 2016 race.

Why Cooking Matters

A new Netflix documentary reminds us of the culinary traditions that make us human.

Amazon and the Power of Print

Will Amazon replace the brick-and-mortar bookstores they helped end?

What Babbitt Says About 2016

The populist’s fight against the establishment has its roots in the writings of Rousseau.

What About Agriculture?

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders are better on ag cronyism than their establishment rivals, but they still fall short.

Fighting Terrorism With Transcendence

The faith that can fight “the joy of ISIS”

The End of All Our Efficiency

Productivity can buy you time—but it can’t bring you happiness.

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