Month: July 2019

  • ‘The things they did together’

    ‘The things they did together’

    I’m at Nationals Park this afternoon for Atlanta v. Washington. And I’m reading David Mills, who writes about masculinity and virtue: I don’t disagree with all the talk about the challenges men face. Some writers may carry the idea too far, but our society offers no clear guide to what a man does and is. It […]

  • Walking, habitually

    Amy Fleming takes a walk with Shane O’Mara, a neuroscientist who reminds us that walking—and specifically making walking a habitual part of our lives—is both good and healthier than many alternatives: I witnessed the brain-healing effects of walking when my partner was recovering from an acute brain injury. His mind was often unsettled, but during…

  • Civil public discourse

    Civil public discourse

    I’m flying back from San Francisco, on a nonstop flight to Washington Reagan. Thanks to United’s WiFi I’m working throughout the flight. And I’m also reading Emmett McGroarty, who asks whether civil public discourse is presently possible: Over the last 20 years, public discourse has tended toward the shrill and irrational, punctuated with occasional violence. No…

  • Critiquing libertarianism

    J.D. Vance critiques libertarianism’s obsession with free choice, divorced from outcomes: I grew up in a pretty rough environment, and what the American dream meant to me was that I had a decent enough job to support my family and that I could be a good husband and a good father. That’s what I most…

  • Americans who share faith

    Matthew Schmitz writes on the recent National Conservatism conference and immigration: Culture is centered around cult. To the extent that it binds us together, it is a form of religio. America was at the time of its founding an overwhelmingly Christian nation. It would seem, then, that a Chinese Christian dissident, or a Nigerian fleeing…