Author Archives: Gracy Olmstead

About Gracy Olmstead

Gracy Olmstead is an associate editor at TAC. She is a graduate of Patrick Henry College and an Idaho native. 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

The Virtues of Brunch

Though it can feel contrived, brunch offers an opportunity to keep community rituals alive.

Who’s Afraid of Ebola?

Contra David Brooks, fear of the virus stems from statist failures and mortal anxiety—not societal isolation.

How to #ReadWomen2014

A guidebook for a year-long tour through great female scribes.

How Sexting Hurts Women

Even when high schoolers “consent” to sending photos, the consequences can be incredibly damaging.

What If You Live in a Bad City?

A response to a thought-provoking question from a commenter.

Meals These Days

They’re often so complicated, we forget what they’re for.

What Are Weddings For?

Money reflects our deepest desires—and may even forecast the duration of our marriages.

Why Cities Need Localists

Good urbanism exists—and requires a conservative, localist presence.

The Little Way of Elaine

The story of a life well-lived in community

Of Local Choirs and Community

Building community isn’t just about “unplugging” from social media—it takes work.

The Suburbs vs. the City

Roger Scruton’s conservative planning builds place in city centers.

Can Money Buy Us Love?

How our considerations of what makes marriage important have come full-circle

Where Have the Young Farmers Gone?

The average age of the American farmer is 58—and there’s no one to take their place.

Why Is Reading So Difficult?

The Internet doesn’t help—but it isn’t our main problem.

The Fault in Our Algorithms

People are increasingly concerned with the way Facebook manipulates its users—perhaps it’s time they did something about it.

Why Cooking Is More Fun Than You Think

People forget the joy that can come from doing something both creative and communal.

5 Things Every Local Bookstore Should Do

How small book shops can compete in the age of Amazon and iPads

The Consequences of Virtual Efficiency

Our obsession with self and its appetites has led to a depletion of real-life character.

Alaska Goes Local

Can farmers and consumers foster locavorism in America’s coldest state?

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