Musings of a Damn Yankee

Welcome to 'North of Boston'

My name is Michael Warren Davis. You can call me Mike.

This is my Substack. I’m a professional writer, because it’s too expensive being a peasant.

I was raised on a farm in rural Massachusetts. My family settled in the area sometime in the 1600s. We’re called “Swamp Yankees,” which are like WASPs, only shorter and without the money.

I’ve lived and worked in three of the world’s greatest cities, and I hated all of them. So, in 2020, my wife and I moved to New Hampshire. We live at the foot of a little mountain, pinching pennies so we can buy a farm of our own.

I’ve worked as the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine, U.S. editor of the Catholic Herald, and assistant editor of Quadrant. My writing has appeared in The American ConservativeThe Spectator, and The Washington Examiner, among others. Most of it is pretty awful. I wouldn’t go poking around if I were you. Fair warning.

In October of 2021, my book The Reactionary Mind will be published by Regnery. The Reactionary Mind is about happiness, and how the modern world conspires to make us unhappy. I’ve spent my entire life trying to pretend the last seven hundred years never happened. My editor thought it would be fun to start a blog chronicling those efforts. So, I started North of Boston.

This newsletter will contain one unique post every week, plus a round-up of my latest blog posts. The newsletter (like the blog) will be hand-written first and then transcribed onto the Web. This is partially to preserve the slow, deliberate thinking that prevailed before the advent of the Internet. It’s also to ensure I don’t waste a lot of time hate-reading Twitter debates—to keep me “unspotted from the world,” as the Good Book says.

Anyway, a little more about me. I converted to Catholicism in 2015 or thereabouts and attend the Latin Mass almost exclusively. I call myself an anarcho-monarchist a la J.R.R. Tolkien. My heroes are Francis of Assisi, Teddy Roosevelt, and Robert Frost. They’re my gurus. I’ll quote them a lot in this newsletter, because I’ve never had an original idea in my life, and I don’t intend to break that streak.

But I hate politics. So, we’ll mostly talk about loving God, raising a family, good books, hunting, fishing, drinking, smoking, homesteading, and building “intentional communities.” All good stuff.

Peace and the good!