State of the Union

Posts in category “Ideas”

The Beauty of Getting Lost

Rediscovering the mystery of travel in a GPS world

Posted July 10th, 2014

Reading & the “Attention War”

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

Posted June 14th, 2014

Why Fairytales Are Dangerous

Childhood stories are Richard Dawkins’s worst nightmare.

Posted June 7th, 2014

Our Collective Hatred of Ignorance

There has never been a time in human history when knowledge was …

Posted May 31st, 2014

A Journal of Poetry and Place

New Trad aims to revive an ancient poetic tradition for the modern ear.

Posted May 20th, 2014

Why Journalism Needs Specificity

Ian Marcus Corbin’s excellent book review on Albert Camus brought to mind …

Posted May 17th, 2014

Why I’m Leaving Goodreads

Social network-fueled reading becomes performance and competition, not discovery.

Posted May 3rd, 2014

Place ≠ Pastoral

Conservatives have developed a tendency to deify the rural, as Matt K. …

Posted April 26th, 2014

The Stillness of Saturday

It’s Saturday—the day of waiting, the day of quiet. The day when …

Posted April 19th, 2014

What Is Conservatism?

Though often mistaken for a partisan ideology, true conservatism represents a much …

Posted April 15th, 2014

Bard College Declares War on Admissions Rigmarole

I once tutored a student who could write an A+ essay, and …

Posted April 11th, 2014

The Case for “Serfdom,” Rightly Understood

Conservatives only empower the state when they make an idol of liberty.

Posted April 9th, 2014

Meeting Past Selves by Reading Where You’re From

After perusing some old bookshelves and boxes, I discovered an old nature …

Posted March 29th, 2014

Richard Powers and the Blown-Up Cultural Narrative

When music is freed from cultural filters, how do fans find the songs that matter?

Posted March 24th, 2014

What’s Wrong with Academic Freedom

Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national …

Posted March 5th, 2014

Euthanasia, and the False Omniscience of Compassion

Mary Jo Anderson writes about the false compassion of euthanasia in Crisis …

Posted February 22nd, 2014

Liberalism’s (Un)Limited Government

Why is it that today’s liberals have become the most ardent cheerleaders …

Posted February 20th, 2014