Monthly Archives: December 2013

Uncomfortable apologetics

In a recent review of Francis Spufford’s new book, Alan Jacobs made a point about apologetics, which is that it requires an understanding of one’s emotional, intellectual and spiritual limitations in addition to an understanding of one’s audience. It is … Continue reading

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Best non-fiction books I read in 2013

My brain has been a little slow lately, so you’ll have to live with another one of these boring lists. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. A short, sweet anecdotal book that seeks to … Continue reading

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Best fiction books I read in 2013

With the year drawing to a close, I thought I’d assemble one of these lists. None of these books were actually published in 2013, mind you. Latro in the Mist, by Gene Wolfe. This is actually an omnibus edition including … Continue reading

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Capitalism uber alles

A lot of right-wingers have been sniping at Pope Francis for the economic views he expressed in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. While I haven’t had the time to read the whole thing, here are some thoughts on the debacle: … Continue reading

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QotD: Literary Theory

Daniel Mendelsohn: First of all, I think undergraduates should be kept away from Theory at all costs. I don’t think people should be allowed to even hear the word “theory” until they’re doing graduate work—for the very good reason that … Continue reading

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The Feast of St. Nicholas

Today is the feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra, who, according to legend, saved three women from a life of prostitution and punched Arius in the face at the Council of Nicaea, among other things. And this also means that … Continue reading

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Ponies and such

So, the latest season of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is off to a good start. It looks like they’re trying to pull off a season -length story arc for the first time, and it’ll be interesting to see … Continue reading

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A spiritual envy

Hey all. It’s been a while; I’ve been busy and honestly I’m too tired to write anything particularly substantial tonight. But I stumbled across this article by Marian Ryan on Flannery O’Connor’s prayer diary, which was recently published: When I … Continue reading

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