Welcome to Eclectic

Beginning in 2020, Foster’s blog Welcome to Eclectic will publish less-frequent posts, most of which will provide news about events and publications, but will continue with Lazy Afternoon Reruns and periodic Southern Movies posts. Having been continuously published since April 2010, the blog, which originally titled Pack Mule for the New School, was re-named in June 2018 to more accurately describe writing that is, as the subtitle puts it, “Deep Southern, Diversified & Re-Imagined.” However, its focus has remained basically the same: mainly, the culture of the American South, education, multiculturalism, and social justice.

“Dirty Boots: A Column of Critical Thinking, Border Crossing, and Noblesse Oblige” began in 2018, and ran weekly through the end of 2019. Posts were published every Tuesday afternoon and offered 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 was education or race or food or economics, weekly posts addressed 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