Monthly Archives: December 2014

Silly, but not without pointe

Here’s an amusing interlude for your Sunday evening, courtesy of Don: Advertisements

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Blog content….of the future!

  With the new year only a few days away, I naturally turn to thinking Big Thoughts about this blog’s future. There are still loose ends to be tied up – both my Shadow of the Torturer series and my … Continue reading

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Video games as opera

Hey, let’s see if we can do something fun with an ongoing argument. Are video games just a glorified skinner box? Will some of them one day be considered canonical works of art? In a lot of these “are video … Continue reading

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Poems for Christmas

CHORUS OF ANGELS Unto you a Child, A Son is given. Praising, proclaimng The ingression of Love, Earth’s darkness invents The blaze of Heaven, And frigid silence Meditates a song; For great joy has filled The narrow and the sad, … Continue reading

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Noir for kids

I was something of a latecomer to crime fiction. For most of my existence I kept away from detective novels, and the only TV crime drama that evoked any degree of interest from me was, um, the X-Files. While I … Continue reading

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The fear of kitsch

Roger Scruton has an article on the relationship between modernism and kitsch. The argument is something like this: modernism in art arose as a reaction against what was seen to be a growing insincerity in the use of traditional forms. … Continue reading

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The dungeon crawl

I have an unusual amount of free time on my hands this winter break. So I’ve decided to indulge my old gaming hobby. In particular, I’ve decided to revisit a game from my childhood that utterly frustrated me: Now this … Continue reading

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A year in reading – the best of 2014

School is out! Naturally I celebrate with another top ten list, this time of books I read in 2014. Most of these books were not actually published in 2014, so if you were expecting a list of fine reading right … Continue reading

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Happy third birthday, Res Studiorum et Ludorum

Three years ago on this day, the Feast of St. Nicholas, I opened up shop here. At the time, I had just become a Catechumen and didn’t quite realize the significance of the date. But as a result I’ve come … Continue reading

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Neos and Theos

On Irving Kristol: Kristol confesses that his neo-orthodoxy is “something of a puzzle” even to him. His Jewish family, he recalls, was Orthodox in the sense common in his Brooklyn neighborhood. His father attended services on the High Holy Days … Continue reading

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