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HOME RANGE: Notes on Literature, Nature, Working Dogs, History, Martial Arts, Other Obsessions and Sundry Annoyances by Henry Chappell

A Peculiar Reluctance

My latest in The American Conservative:


"Mostly, however, the crisis of black-on-black violence has long been met with a peculiar reluctance born of good intentions, timidity, ideological blinkering, tribalism, and political cynicism—a reluctance to speak plainly and apply broad social pressure directly to the problem."

Standing Athwart at Standing Rock

Here's my little essay on the Dakota Access pipeline controversy. I call it an "essay," because there's no original reporting. I haven't been up there. Rather, this an attempt to bring some order to my very limited understanding of events. If the writing seems too restrained, that's because several days of reading the best available journalism on the subject left me depressed and wary. I hope that a talented, open-minded writer with a book contract, a decent advance, and a reasonable deadline has been spending a lot of time around Cannon Ball, talking to every group involved.

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Cultural Appropriation Essay

My new essay on cultural appropriation is online at The American Conservative. Having written from the point of view of a Comanche man, a black man, a black woman, a white woman, and numerous white men, I have strong feelings about this subject.
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