Finding Myself in the Stacks
Ideas & Culture
The shaping power of my little library goes beyond the suggestion to bury myself in Dostoevsky. The library is my life history collected across volumes; these are the ideas and stories that have formed me.
3 min read
Attention in the Garden
Home & Food
Where Bake-Off took the venom out of cooking competitions, Gardeners’ World forgoes any contest at all. Instead, viewers tune in to Monty Don, and other presenters and guests, as he offers practical gardening advice and radiates appreciation for the slow, quiet world of things that grow.
3 min read
CP Monthly  for July 2020
Buildings, Rooms, and Anton Ego
Ideas & Culture
When you’re largely stuck indoors, even the building next door becomes special. And I see how this house blocks the sun, how it abuts the little walkway between our buildings that makes me feel cramped and unwelcome. No wonder I rarely step through here.
3 min read
A Warm Welcome: Les Filles Fattoush
Community & People
The women of Les Filles Fattoush operate a catering service built around Syrian food, but they also participate in a community that helps refugees put down new roots.
Call for Pitches
Write for Common Pursuits and join us in paying attention to the simple practices of ordinary life.
Towards Technopoly: The Judgement of Thamus
Technology & Science
Reading Neil Postman Series – In the opening chapter of Technopoly, Postman makes a case for taking technological change seriously. The cultural transformation caused by new technologies happens quickly, but it doesn’t have to happen thoughtlessly.
6 min read
Everyone is Family at the Furan
Home & Food
Bread is often a symbol for everything taking place around it: the camaraderie, the eating, the enjoyment, the drama. The phrase “to break bread” implies more than eating; it signifies a partaking of community.
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For (and by) the Neighbourhood
Community & People
Not everything scales. Mass texts do not perform the same function as a knock at the door.
3 min read
Reading Postman in 2020: Towards Technopoly
Technology & Science
If we’re already deep in what Postman called technopoly, we shouldn’t slouch towards whatever comes next. Join Matt Civico in thinking through Technopoly in 2020.
4 min read
Another Dream for the Home Compost Heap
Ideas & Culture
There are days I think it would be easier if I wasn’t such a hopeful person. It wouldn’t hurt so much if I didn’t have such strong desires. If I could just be nonchalant about outcomes.
Love Takes Time
Ideas & Culture
Relationships are a natural and essential part of being human. Because they happen naturally, it's very easy to take relationships for granted. Our culture of busyness doesn't help.
3 min read
How the Pandemic Changed My Parenting
Home & Food
Do we want to go back to normal after the pandemic? What if this is a chance to make the changes we were never brave enough to make?

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