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

Support Your Local Paper

Where local newspapers die, civic engagement and awareness suffer.

The Problem With Online Dating

Our culture prizes quantification to the detriment of true intimacy.

Defining Human Dignity Down

The president’s narrow definition fails to include stay-at-home mothers or the unborn.

Losing the Ability to “Lose Oneself”

Why reading is an increasingly self-conscious act

Should We Make Fun of the Tragic?

The moral dilemma behind “The Interview” and Margaret Cho’s Golden Globes performance

Taking Back Friendship

From Facebook, social media, and modernity’s mistaken definitions.

New Hope For Egypt’s Copts?

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi calls for Egyptian unity and love “without discrimination”

Driving in the City

It’s frustrating, often dangerous, and turns us all into despicable human beings.

Our Search for Culture

Why 2014 was the year of cultural confusion and discontent

Considering Tradition

Tradition takes the sensory and the temporal, and makes them transcendent.

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.”

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