Monthly Archives: April 2013

Blogging From A to Z Challenge day 26: Z is for Ze last post

Well, it’s been fun, guys, but I’m about ready to get back to a more sane posting schedule. I have become a bit more confident that I can crank out decent-quality posts on demand, and I hope that some of … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge Day 25: Y is for You gotta believe/think

Eve Tushnet has a somewhat scattershot but interesting essay up on AmCon about the emphasis we place on critical thinking: We teach students to find the undefended premises of an argument, or the contradictions in a claim. This is really … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge day 24: X is for X thoughts

I. Careful readers might notice that my Friday and Saturday posts in this series are usually shorter and lower in quality than the others. This is because Friday/Saturday is the worst time of the week for me work wise, and … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge day 23: W is for Wolfe on Kipling, myth and critics

It is characteristically said of the Andersen-Wilde-Yolen story that though intended for adults, it is enjoyed immensely by children; sometimes it is actually true. But it is never true, I think, of the literary myth. It is not to the … Continue reading

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge day 22: V is for Via Dolorosa

I’ve noticed that a lot of my posts on Christianity tend to focus on things like suffering and alienation. Some of this is that my personality has a melancholic and sometimes even morbid streak in it. And, of course, a … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge day 21: U is for Usus Antiquor

Usus antiquor (older usage) is sometimes used to designate the Tridentine Mass, which was the form of the Mass used by Latin Catholics from the time of the Council of Trent until the development of the Paul VI (or Novus … Continue reading

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge day 20: T is for Tolkien

Since I praised Chesterton in a previous post for this contest, it seemed only fair to devote a post to Professor Tolkien, another writer very important to me. The man and his work need no introduction, and it’s difficult to … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge Day 19: S is for Smoking

  With tobacco and literature one could face out any situation, provided, of course, that the book was not written in an unknown tongue. – Dorothy L. Sayers That line is from Sayers’ novel Gaudy Night, of which I am … Continue reading

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Blogging from A to Z Challenge day 18: R is for Res Studiorum et Ludorum

“Res studiorum et ludorum” means, roughly, “things of study and diversion.” Alternatively, one other translation could be, “things of zeal and sport”. But I think the former fits the spirit of the blog a bit more. But resstudiorumetludorum is a … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge day 17: Q is for Quick Post

This post will be a quick post because I am rather tired and have some Greek nouns to decline before the day is done. Why am I declining Greek nouns? I’m taking a course in Biblical Greek, and for the … Continue reading

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