Right-Wing in New York by Rod Dreher

Right-Wing in New York

Rod Dreher on Counterculturalism

Living as an observant young Catholic family in New York City is to embrace counterculturalism to a degree that wouldn’t be necessary down South, whence my wife Julie and I came two years ago. It’s not that we’re more observant here than we would be anywhere else. It’s just that the kinds of things that are considered more or less normal in Baton Rouge or Dallas, our hometowns, are thought of here as weird, and maybe even dangerous.

Friends and acquaintances are often shocked to find out we go to church every Sunday. Just last week I was talking to the woman who cuts my hair about the freak spring snowstorm the city had the previous Sunday. “So we dressed for mass, and then . . .”

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Rod Dreher is a contributing editor to Touchstone. He is a senior editor and blogger at the American Conservative and author of How Dante Can Save Your Life: The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, and Live Not by Lies: A Survival Manual for Christian Dissidents. He is Eastern Orthodox and lives with his wife, Julie, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They have three children.

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