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Small Farms and the Farm Subsidies Scandal

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

From 1995 to 2009, taxpayers shelled out nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in farm subsidies. But while ten percent of farmers received 74% of this money, 62% of American farmers got no subsidy at all.

One Big Store

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

Michelle Obama and Bill Simon, Wal-Mart's president and CEO, met last week. Does the first lady not realize that One Big Store is as sure a destroyer of culture as is One Big Government?

How to Term Limit Lunatics

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

One of the lunatics Arkansans routinely sends to the State Legislature wrote an opinion piece on the new Health Care Reform legislation that has pushe...

Pray for Andy Harris

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

The first thing newly elected Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) did when he got to Washington last week was complain about the Cadillac health care provi...

Our Endless Political Circus

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

In more than forty years of following politics, I am unable to remember a less satisfactory electoral contest than this one. So if you're a winner this election season, please take note that it's because you stink less. How's that feel?

How to Write a Grant

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Krotz

I've been reviewing a lot of grants applications over the past year. So what does a deserving application look like? Here are five characteristics of a worthwhile project:

Yves Klein: With the Void, at the Hirschhorn

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Krotz

I recently visited the Hirschhorn Library in Washington last week and saw an exhibit of the French artist Yves Klein's work titled "Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers".

Leatherstone by David Pabian: A Review

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

The survival strategy of self-publishing was adopted by the screenwriter David Patrick Pabian, author of Leatherstone, an arresting, modern day riff on Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

Drill Another Hole in My Head, Baby, Drill Me Now

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

There has been a raft of books and articles out recently that try to explain why low and moderate income people are voting against their own economic and social interests.

In Praise of Doing Things Badly

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

It is every bookseller's pleasure -- and our obligation -- to support the self-published writer who will not be stilled by market forces, publishing companies, critics or inhibition.

Jarndyce Vs. Jarndyce

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House contains myriad plots and subplots, the foremost of these being the absurdity of a legal case that seems to have no purpose but to line the pockets of lawyers.

The Best Lack All Conviction

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Krotz

President Obama seems to be having a rocky time steering the Ship of State lately. He tacks right, he tacks left; he sails in an ever widening circle. We've been given many explanations for this reality.

The Dick Gibson Show by Stanley Elkin

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

What Elkin is saying in The Dick Gibson Show is that Americans want to hear what they want to hear -- and will seek out radio personalities who agree to whisper sweet nothings into their ears.

Shooting Fish in a Barrel: Stephen King and Under the Dome

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

Under the Dome is about what happens when a place and the people who live there are locked inside a glass dome: no one can get in and no one can get out.

10 Books to Read in 2010

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

While we wait for the final verdict on the future of print, take a look at the following ten books that I read and enjoyed in 2009. They'll still be around for you to enjoy in 2010.

The Awkward Age

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

I'm caught between a lingering fantasy of a Roman Holiday, and the aspirations of a Care Consultant who hopes I am infirm enough to require batteries for effective locomotion. Goodness, what an awkward age!

The Secret Lives Of Dentists

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Truly, the streets of my town are so filled with folks with Elvis Presley and Ann Margaret smiles that you might think that you're on the set of "Viva Las Vegas."

On Deafness And The Middle Distance

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Deaf and near-deaf people such as myself operate in a world I think was best captured by classical Chinese painters. Their pictures have no middle distance: we see figures in the foreground, and we see mountains in the far ground, but what we see in the middle is left to the imagination and must be perceived.

The Genius of the Place

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daniel Krotz

I can clearly see my house, or the beginnings of my house, in the far background of a 1903 postcard of the First Christian Church in Berryville, Arkansas.

Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

The message of Bleak House is that a lawsuit is the end of reason and not as we presuppose, the beginning of reasoned argument.

Touring the Ozarks, One Crime at a Time

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Daniel Krotz

"I enjoy spending time with characters who learn, grow, and change through challenges, and who present human strengths of value to us all," Radine said.

The Uses of Poetry

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Fifty years after I found myself begging in London, I continue to find poetry useful.

All Literature is Gossip

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Daniel Krotz

The modern world does not wear its heart on its sleeve," John said, to no one in particular, apropos of nothing. He sipped a cup of coffee and stared off into space. "It wears it up its sleeve like a card shark."

Letters From the Pen: A Review

Daniel Krotz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Krotz

Letters offers an opportunity to witness a man in an unusual, if not unique, situation as he fine-tunes his craft and his understanding of the human condition.

Burying Ben Franklin

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Krotz

My friend is depressed by how things are turning out. He realizes how unreflective he has been, and he has suddenly realized how badly people are being served by our institutions.