August 31, 2019

“The Prairie-Grass Dividing,” the Beer

By Derek Mong

The second in a series of seven Walt Whitman beer reviews: “The Distillation Would Intoxicate Me Also” There’s democracy in beer drinking, or so Americans like to believe. When the punditocracy […]

February 6, 2017

Citizenship (Part One)

By Cody Walker

I’m writing this post on Super Bowl Sunday, a semi-holiday (or day of observance, literally) that’s wholly American. And I’m thinking about what it means to be an American in […]

November 25, 2015

Twelve Things

By Cody Walker

What follows are twelve things I’ve read or reread lately (and which may, on some level, speak to one another), and for which I’m grateful: Dean Young: Some things, like […]

January 21, 2015

Talking PBS NewsHour Live Video Blues

By Cody Walker

When President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress in September of 2009, I wrote about it for this blog. The speech has faded, of course, from national memory; only […]

March 16, 2014

Among Forty-Two Ferns

By Cody Walker

More than 54,000 people went to after watching President Obama spar with Zach Galifianakis last week; I went to the Between Two Ferns homepage and binge-watched the series’ other […]