The Culture We Live In

by William Brafford

A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definative Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture by Virginia Savage McAlester Food/Clothing/Shelter Of the well-known basic physical needs, “shelter” generates the most durable artifacts. You can see clothing from Colonial America in… Continue Reading

The Unsettling Emergence of Marilynne Robinson as Environmentalist

by William Brafford

Marilynne Robinson’s three novels are gentle, compassionate, wonderful in the strict sense, and haunting. However, none of these adjectives describe Mother Country, her 1989 tirade against nuclear pollution and English civilization. You can imagine her writing the novels – Housekeeping,… Continue Reading