Monthly Archives: March 2014

A dry Lent

The title is both literal and figurative. I gave up drinking for Lent. You see, I have an immense fondness for beer, whiskey and wine, and, more often than not, I find myself unwinding with a drink in hand after … Continue reading

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Fanart imitates life

Evidently Natalia Poklonskaya has fans among the otaku: In case you’ve been living under a rock, there’s some pretty intense stuff going on in Ukraine right now. One of the most controversial events from the conflict is the pro-Russia voters … Continue reading

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Traditionalist Catholicism and me

I haven’t blogged much about Traditionalist Catholicism – partly because I still feel that it is a tad beyond my competence to discuss the finer theological/liturgical issues at stake, and because of my limited interaction with that particular subculture. We … Continue reading

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QotD: The Vicar of Christ

Leah Libresco: I have an intense fondness for Peter, who frequently goes out on a limb trying to please God, only to discover he’s doing it in the wrong way.  He offers tents on the mountain, he tries to reassure … Continue reading

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Contestant No. 1334

As you may have noticed from the little badge over to the side, I’ve decided to do the April Blogging from A to Z challenge again this year. Unlike last time, I’ve got finals to worry about, so my posts … Continue reading

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Think about the children!!!

The Independent is no longer reviewing children’s books marketed specifically to boys or girls. I think Dreher hits it on the head when he says that it’s more important that kids read good books regardless of what gender they market towards. … Continue reading

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Nietzsche and the atheists

John Gray: There can be little doubt that Nietzsche is the most important figure in modern atheism, but you would never know it from reading the current crop of unbelievers, who rarely cite his arguments or even mention him. Today’s … Continue reading

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How not to Culture War

So… has recently come under fire for hiring Brandon Ambrosino, a gay writer who is taking a lot of flak for saying that the gay community should respond with love and understanding towards its opponents , critiquing some aspects of … Continue reading

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Academics and their blogs

Corey Robin argues that academics aren’t abandoning a popular audience for the Ivory Tower. Rather, they’ve just taken to blogging instead: Academics used to face a hard choice between writing for sequestered journals that few people read and newspapers and … Continue reading

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A good lenten reminder

Prof. Mondo recently talked about the tendency of people online to fume with righteous indignation over everything, noting: Now as it happens, I have some professional knowledge of vice (in addition to the fieldwork most of us engage in from … Continue reading

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