Welcome to Eclectic

Having been continuously published since April 2010, Foster’s blog Pack Mule for the New School was re-named Welcome to Eclectic in June 2018. The focus of the blog remains the same: mainly, the culture of the American South, education, multiculturalism, and social justice. The name was changed to more accurately describe writing that is, as the subtitle puts it, “Deep Southern, Diversified & Re-Imagined.” You can help a blogger out by sharing some dollars (that will go to the costs of website maintenance and research).

“Dirty Boots: A Column of Critical Thinking, Border Crossing, and Noblesse Oblige” is a weekly column that began in October 2018. Posts are published every Tuesday afternoon and offer a Deep Southern, Generation X perspective on life in the 21st century, whose daily (and political) realities regularly present new quandaries that are born out of the old quandaries. Whether the issue is education or race or food or economics, weekly posts address the possibilities for change in a region with an earned reputation for resisting it.

The read posts from Welcome to Eclectic, click on the links below:

Southern Movies  •  Southern Books  •  Chasing Ghosts  • Dirty Boots
Generation X • Disrupters & Interlopers  •  Alabamiana  •  The Passive Activist