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

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?

Common Core: Better Than Nothing?

Progressivism has dealt numerous blows to education, but is another one-size-fits-all method any better?

Here’s to the Hipsters

Will today’s hipster millennials bring needed growth and innovation to America?

Making Classical New

Young musicians take an entrepreneurial approach to the canon.

How to Bring Farming to the City

Urban farmers should follow the example of traditional agrarians in order to build a sustainable model.

Why Being an “Excellent Sheep” Isn’t So Bad

The daily bread of knowledge will sustain students as they grow into self-reflective souls.

Why Being an “Excellent Sheep” Isn’t So Bad

The daily bread of knowledge will sustain students as they grow into self-reflective souls.

Why Facebook Wants You to Be Happy

People see Facebook as a neutral platform, which they can use to …

Unschooling: the Future of Education?

Ben Hewitt doesn’t send his boys to school—he doesn’t even own a …

Why Does Beauty Matter?

The beautiful will save us, but it must capture us to do so.

The Tocquevillian Farmer’s Market

Civil society can be rebuilt around food, and family, and friends.

Can Equations Predict Happiness?

Want to be happy? There’s an equation for that, according to British …

Wendell Berry: A Steward of Place

A birthday appreciation for an agrarian extraordinaire

The Complicated Realm of Women’s Health

Rebecca Traister wrote a scathing piece for The New Republic, condemning Republicans’ …

On Eating Virtuously

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

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