Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
… while the pandemic certainly made things worse, the downturn took hold well before it started. Demographics alone cannot explain the scale of this drop. And statistics belie the argument that recent high school graduates are getting jobs instead of going to college: Workforce participation for 16- to 24-year-olds is lower than it wasbefore Covid hit, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, reports.
They don’t want rosaries to get into the hands of Catholics who oppose abortion.
Well, I say the rosary every day and I also oppose abortion. But I’m not planning to assault anybody.
Monday, August 15, 2022
The answer, he said, was simply this: “Listen to your life.”
(Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
… the finest words of all, demonstrating how morbid it all was, came from a man dead for 10 years. In the first rounds of the fatwa, Christopher Hitchens had tirelessly stumped for Rushdie. Now, in this latest, unexpected round, Hitchens was summoned from his grave. All weekend, videos of him defending Rushdie were shared, videos where Hitchens spoke with an unimaginable frankness, videos where he spoke with more force, more intelligence, and more authority than anybody alive today.
Sunday, August 14, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Did we say defund? Yes. But we don’t mean simply to cut its funding, as leftists have disastrously proposed for police forces across the country. We mean tear down the entire rotting edifice of the FBI and replacing it with a new agency that respects the Constitution and holds itself accountable to all Americans, not just the woke far left.
I don’t know when the FBI decided to be our version of the KGB, but I don’t like it and want something done about it.
Editor R. R. Reno is joined by Dana Gioia to talk about his article from the August/September issue, “Christianity and Poetr.
Friday, August 12, 2022
"Krasner is engaging in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination against you," wrote Mark Zecca, a former senior attorney in city of Philadelphia's Law Department.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
In his later years, Menashe sometimes seemed rueful about his lack of recognition, even as he marveled over his long overdue accolades and the legacy they granted to his work. In a 2005 interview with Adam Travis of the Poetry Foundation, he said that his had been “the opposite of a life buttressed by grants and having a publisher and going to him every few years with new poems. Each time I’ve had to start from scratch.” When asked if there were any merits to obscurity, his reply could not have been more emphatic: “NO! No, no, no, no, no! You want your work to be read. Obscurity means you’re not read.”
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Tuesday, August 09, 2022
Since the Second Vatican Council, so much been done in an attempt to “bring the Church closer to the faithful.” In the process, the progressivists strip Holy Mother Church of everything that could represent sacredness and hierarchy
Titled after Beckett’s famous ethos on life “Dance first, think later,” the film is a sweeping account of the life of this icon of 20th-century literature.
Monday, August 08, 2022
Sunday, August 07, 2022
Tooker never complained about neglect. He was too absorbed by his own contrarian passions. When other young painters followed Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, Tooker studied the Italian Renaissance master Piero della Francesca. When the leading critics praised abstract formalism, Tooker emphasized content. His central concern was never style. It was the human condition.I can’t remember when I first encountered Tooker’s paintings, but for me it was love at first sight. Here was a painter who saw the world as it is and didn’t play games.
— Rabindranath Tagore, who died on this date in 1941
Saturday, August 06, 2022
… The Chicken or the Egg? 75th Anniversary of Brideshead Book Publication in the USA1 (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
After Vivien’s death, Eliot had written to Emily that he was shocked “to discover that I recoiled violently from the prospect of marriage.” Wrestling with the issue he declares: “I cannot, cannot, start life again, and adapt myself . . . to any other person. I do not think that I could survive it, as a person; I cannot bear the company of any one person for very long without extreme irritation and suppression.”
The Holy Spirit moves through Scripture and prayer, and yet we gloss over familiar phrases and images as though we already understood them.
Friday, August 05, 2022
“The CDC was supposed to have spent the last 2+ decades preparing for the specific scenario of ‘What if someone resurrects Smallpox and releases it as a bioweapon’. Now, when faced with a virus that is literally ‘Story Mode Smallpox’ they fail,” researcher Nicholas Weaver observes. Monkeypox “is not hyper-virulent,” he notes, and vaccines, treatments and techniques, such as contact tracing, designed for smallpox work just as well. Yet the CDC has “failed, completely and utterly, to prevent this growing.”
Most of Steven’s tales are simple, hardly worth the telling. But they’re the kind of tales that are the texture of life, like the stories we recount at the dinner table. Steven’s stories stay with us, moments that remind us of the small delights and instant tragedies of life.
Thursday, August 04, 2022
In his farewell address to the nation, President George Washington warned against the expulsion of religion from public life, declaring that we should “with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”