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

Don’t Watch “The Interview”

The film isn’t just dumb—it’s mindlessly insensitive to an intensely suffering people.

Rejecting the “BuzzFeed” Model

Why its juxtaposition of the silly and serious is bad for publications everywhere

Who the Party Culture Hurts Most

No matter Jackie’s story, the UVA case should bring college party rape culture under scrutiny.

Defending “Lila”

What Marilynne Robinson’s newest novel has to say about grace

Another Year of Reading

The best books I’ve read in 2014

The Importance of Generational Knowledge

It combats youthful narcissism by fostering perspective and empathy.

Bringing Back Husbandry

Forrest Pritchard shows how sustainable agriculture and generational attachments can save the family farm.

Bringing Big Data to the Farm

Why technology may have unintended consequences for family farmers

Considering Thankfulness

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Don’t Disdain Stay-at-Home Moms

Modern society has denigrated a role that historically required a considerable level of craftsmanship and care.

Bringing Back Cincinnatus

Why the Department of Agriculture is asking veterans to join the next generation of farmers

Front Porch Revolution

Wendell Berry’s cure for partisanship

What Should Pop Culture Reporting Look Like?

Less about Kim Kardashian, more thoughtful commentary

Millennials In the City

The generation’s migration to the city may bring economic growth—but will it bring long-term flourishing?

“Interstellar”: Leaving the Earth Behind

Though thought-provoking, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” falls short of true greatness.

Is Bill Watterson Staging a Comeback?

This week marks the second time this year Calvin and Hobbes’ creator has drawn new artwork, after decades of silence.

Man Does Not Live By Tech Alone

Many of us are a bit Luddite when it comes to technology—and that’s good.

Why You Should Vote

Voting enables each citizen to “practice the art of government in the small sphere within his reach.”

Our Healthful, Mindful, Gluten-Free Religion

Health is important—but have we made it too important?

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