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

On Eating Virtuously

In her essay on the paleo diet in the latest New Yorker, Elizabeth …

How Do We Fix the Ivy League?

What’s the problem with Ivy League schools these days? According to William Deresiewicz, …

The Battle of Alexandria

How riverside parks & hotels threaten a model of American urbanism

Second-Career Farms: the Future of Agriculture?

Decentralized agrarianism faces the challenges of modern farming.

Why Facebook Matters

I wanted to get off Facebook—to deactivate my account entirely. It seemed like …

Parenting in an Age of Bad Samaritans

Imprisoning parents of briefly unattended kids is a sure sign that community has given way to the State.

Is the RomCom Dead Yet?

Tired genres need reinvigorating, not abandonment.

The Beauty of Getting Lost

Rediscovering the mystery of travel in a GPS world

Can Technology Build a Village?

We live in a rapidly urbanizing world. But Brian Chesky, co-founder and …

Want to Cook Local? There’s An App For That

A lot of Americans are beginning to express interest in the idea …

Why Facebook’s Experiment Threatens Further Manipulation

Facebook has taken a lot of heat in the past few days …

What’s Your Local Food Culture?

Simon Preston noticed that most areas of Britain don’t have a vibrant …

The Problem of Contempt in Christianity

American Christianity today is largely schismatic and divided. Rod Dreher pinpointed this …

A Millennial’s Agrarian Anomie

The generational ties that sustained America’s farms are breaking down under the weight of individualism.

Let Them Make Fonts

There must be millions of fonts in the world by now—carefully crafted …

Our Widening Country, City Divide

There has always been a country-city divide in America, with a swath …

Reading & the “Attention War”

Focus is a difficult thing to muster these days. As David Brooks …

Should We Get Rid of Cash?

The ability to buy things online has replaced cash, almost entirely, for …

Why Fairytales Are Dangerous

Childhood stories are Richard Dawkins’s worst nightmare.

Are Suburbs Worth Saving?

The suburbs are often attacked from various camps, for their lack of …

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