Here is a taste of his "Manifesto on Cattleblogging":
This blog is a representation of some of my scholarly
and intellectual interests. Among these are what John Fea has cunningly
termed the “Rural Enlightenment” of the eighteenth century. I am,
however, even more interested in a Rural Enlightenment–or Rural
Renaissance, or Reformation, or Rebirth–of the 21st century. This
interest is deeply personal. Noel Perrin entitled one of his books
First Person Rural, and I think I can say the same of my own personal
identity. In some way I don’t fully understand myself, I in large part
understand myself in relation to the rural landscape in which I grew up...
...Thus cattle are for me the symbol of rural life, and thus of symbol
of place, of rootedness, of a pre-modern response (or post-modern
rightly-understood response) to the anomie and rootlessness of modern
life. They are responsible for keeping us alive. And they cannot be
photographed inside an apartment.