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Rod Dreher
February 2010 Archives

Here’s an astonishing story of a miracle of repentance: WARSAW — When Pawel looks into the mirror, he can still sometimes see a neo-Nazi skinhead staring back, the man he was before he covered his shaved head with a skullcap, […]

I had reason yesterday afternoon to go into our local Soviet Socialist Keystone State Wine Shop — in Pennsylvania, you’ll recall, you can only buy wine and spirits at a state-run store — looking for a bottle of dry Riesling. […]

Here’s a discussion of a terrific Life magazine article from 1949, about a failed campaign in the small East Texas town of Whitney, to ban a bench that the town’s old coots sat on and watched the world go by. […]

I can hardly express what a complete idiot I feel like right now. Not knowing any better, I put my new Lodge enameled cast iron Dutch oven, a Christmas gift to us, on the burner to dry after washing before […]

Via Sullivan, the Pew Center’s online quiz to see how much you have in common with the Millennial Generation (whose members were born starting in 1981). I scored 50; Gen Xers (1965-1980) average a score of 33; 70 is the […]

Horrible news from Chile this morning: A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, shaking the capital of Santiago for 90 seconds and sending tsunami warnings from Chile to Ecuador. …The quake in Chile was 1,000 times more powerful than […]

Remember that Devo song “Freedom of Choice” ? Especially this lyric: Freedom of choice is what you got/Freedom from choice is what you want Turns out they were right. From today’s NYT, a column about scientific findings showing that people […]

The most exciting book of historical analysis I’ve read in ages — indeed the most exciting book period — is the Classical scholar and translator Sarah Ruden’s “Paul Among the People” (Pantheon) which attempts to defend St. Paul against his […]

Jim Nash states the bleeding obvious. Excerpt: You take 32 feet of muscle, teeth and brains out of the ocean, put it in a featureless tank the size of Graceland, force it to act like an idiot in public, and […]

My friend and colleague Charlotte Hays has a Wall Street Journal commentary up today, in which she reflects on Pope Benedict’s recent outreach to disaffected Anglicans. This passage, about Father Eric Bergman, a former Episcopal priest turned Catholic priest, caught […]