All posts by Susannah Black

Susannah Black received her BA from Amherst College and her MA from Boston University. She is an editor at Mere Orthodoxy, Plough Quarterly, The Davenant Institute’s journal Ad Fontes, and Fare Forward. Previously, she was associate editor at Providence. She's a founding editor of Solidarity Hall and is on the boards of the Distributist Review, The Davenant Institute, and The Simone Weil Center. Her writing has appeared in First Things, The Distributist Review, Solidarity Hall, Providence, Amherst Magazine, Front Porch Republic, Ethika Politika, The Human Life Review, The American Conservative, Mere Orthodoxy, Fare Forward, and elsewhere. She blogs at Radio Free Thulcandra and tweets at @suzania. A native Manhattanite, she is now living in Queens.

Danger and Play and Proverbs 31

There’s been, I’m sorry to say, Discourse. So I figured I’d make things a little worse by highlighting an aspect of a thing that I wrote a couple years back for the Calvinist International (may it rise again). What do...

/ August 6, 2022

From Whom All Fatherhood On Earth Takes Its Name

Τούτου χάριν κάμπτω τὰ γόνατά μου πρὸς τὸν Πατέρα, τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ χριστοῦ, ἐξ οὗ πᾶσα πατριὰ ἐν οὐρανοῖς καὶ ἐπὶ γῆς ὀνομάζεται… Here, in Ephesians, Paul talks about the Patera, the Father, from whom pasa patria, all fatherhood/every...

/ June 19, 2022

Cultural Conversion, Thirteenth Century England Style; or, James Davison Hunter Vindicated by Sir Maurice Powicke

Norman Cantor (bitter, brilliant, blinkered; he was wrong about Lewis and so I don’t necessarily trust him to be right about others) writes that according to Sir Maurice Powicke, the key transformations of the thirteenth century “were not political and...

/ June 17, 2022

On History Not Ending

It’s a cute and annoying title because of course it’s a reference to Fukuyama, but I didn’t even realize that until I typed it. What I was referring to is what has been haunting me (and probably you) for the...

/ March 10, 2022

Scott Alexander, the Hitpiece, and the Limits of Inquiry

In certain moods I think that one of the greatest current social fights is the fight against the Grey Tribe ascendency, against the let’s-regard-humans-and-society-as-an-amoral-optimization-experiment approach to life. There are certain versions of this that are at the center of the...

/ February 13, 2021

The Time is Near

I’ve never written about this before, but today is the first Sunday of Advent, and it’s also both C.S. Lewis’ and Madeleine L’Engle’s birthday, and so I am going to try to describe something – at least to start. I...

/ November 29, 2020

American Solidarity Party: Don’t Throw Away Your Shot

Why not vote for a candidate you can actually support? Brian Carroll and Amar Patel, the American Solidarity Party ticket, are on the ballot in eight states; you can write them in in all other states. They’re a party that...

/ November 2, 2020

Attention: a Breaking Ground Newsletter

This is the text of this week’s Breaking Ground newsletter. To view the website, and to sign up for the newsletter, go here.  If, in January, we thought that we had transcended the limits of our physicality, we know better...

/ August 10, 2020

TONIGHT: 7:30 EDT: Hauerwas, Danticat, Christman, and a New Cocktail!

Good afternoon! Tonight, join Stanley Hauerwas, Edwidge Danticat, and Phil Christman for the launch of Plough Quarterly’s special “Regeneration” issue, focusing on COVID and what lies ahead. Hosted by KGB Red Room on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, this event is...

/ May 16, 2020

The King of Social Distancing, c. 1665

In what will be surely the first of too many posts consisting of excerpts from Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, I would like to introduce you to an unnamed man who is an example to all of us...

/ March 17, 2020