Meet the damn Yankee.
Welcome to “North of Boston,” the official website of Michael Warren Davis—papist, philosophaster, poetaster, and potvaliant.
But you can call me Mike.
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 moolah.
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 Conservative, The Spectator, First Things, 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, here we are.
Most of the content on this blog will be hand-written first and then transcribed onto the site. 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. I hope North of Boston will serve as a kind of Benedict Option for the blogosphere.
Anyway, a little more about me. I converted from Anglicanism 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. Since 2020, I have served as Secretary of the Chesterton Society of the Abenaki Lands.
My heroes are Francis of Assisi, Thomas More, Teddy Roosevelt, and Robert Frost. They’re my gurus. I’ll quote them a lot on this blog, 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!
P.S. — If you’re one of those people, you can also follow me at noreaster.substack.com.