Alan Bjerga


Table Manners

Take the Pilgrims. The settlers who held the first Thanksgiving came to Massachusetts with a goal of self-sufficiency in proper English fashion. They wanted to show those high-church types what clean living and a new world could do for godliness, but they didn’t want to grow so foreign that they couldn’t be emulated in the… Read more »

In Plains Sight

But according to Thomas Frank, if you want to know where America’s political culture is heading, look closely at the Sunflower State. Frank, editor of the political and literary journal The Baffler and author of One Market, Under God, grew up in Kansas, though he now lives in Washington, D.C. In his new book, What’s… Read more »