Reimagining American Community

troyimageThe talented Duncan Crary, whose Kunstlercast made him for the last few years a patient Boswell to the irascible James Howard Kunstler’s Johnson, has done what many would-be localists find difficult: he’s up and moved back home.

And admirably so. His new website-with-podcast is not a bunker in which he plans to wait out the Long Emergency JHK has written of. Rather, it’s a celebration of the smalltown life and characterful characters he knows in Troy, a city on a human scale, pop. 50,000. This is a delightful project and we wish Duncan well with it, especially if it contributes to an awakening of other local loyalists elsewhere. His next podcast will be an interview with novelist William Kennedy and is bound to be a dilly.

About the Author
A native Texan, Elias spent several good years studying classics and medieval Italian at UC Berkeley before wasting several more years in financial journalism around Chicago. He has written for Strong Towns, the American Scholar, the New Urbs blog, and the Gary Catholic Worker and is the co-author of a textbook on character education. He briefly published something called The Armchair Historian. None of his three teenage daughters display an interest in the Greek and Latin classics thus far. He and his family reside in leafy Valparaiso IN.