Advertisement

Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher

Bio

More U.S. unwed mothers than ever

posted by Rod Dreher

New Pew research reveals the changing state of American motherhood. A record 41 percent of all U.S. births are now to unmarried women — this, up from 28 percent in 1990. Half the children born to Hispanics are to single […]

Advertisement

Newsweek is dying; what’s being born?

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m sorry to see that Newsweek is for sale, because I hate to see journalists lose their jobs — and yes, I know that it’s only for sale, not shutting down, but come on, I think we all know where […]

Advertisement

Hung UK parliament today, market hangs tomorrow?

posted by Rod Dreher

UK exit polling says the British are headed for a hung parliament. The Tories will have a heavy plurality of seats, but not enough for an outright majority. This is bad news economically; the fiscal situation in Britain requires strong […]

Advertisement

Greece today, America tomorrow?

posted by Rod Dreher

Greece is exploding over the harsh austerity plan they’re going to have to accept as a condition of their bailout. The general strike marks the broadest challenge to date to the government of Mr. Papandreou, which is pressed to pass […]

Things the world should toss out

posted by Rod Dreher

The Washington Post has an interesting feature up in which various writers suggest one thing the world would be better off without. I thought Kara Swisher’s bit on computer keyboards was interesting. Excerpt: In other words, it’s long past time […]

Piranhas threaten to eat Dolly Parton!

posted by Rod Dreher

Hey, it could happen in Nashville these days. The floodwaters burst aquariums at an area mall restaurant … including an aquarium containing piranhas … which can survive in fresh water. The restaurant says all its fish have been “contained”, which […]

Christian preaching illegal in UK?

posted by Rod Dreher

In Britain, a street preacher was arrested recently for saying in public that homosexuality is a sin. Excerpt: Dale Mcalpine was handing out leaflets to shoppers when he told a passer-by and a gay police community support officer that, as […]

Why are we ignoring the Nashville disaster?

posted by Rod Dreher

Until I saw it on Sullivan’s blog, I had no idea that Nashville had been massively walloped by a flood this past week. Nashville sportswriter Patten Fuqua wonders: The Cumberland River crested at its highest level in over 80 years. […]

Why didn’t Walker Percy kill himself?

posted by Rod Dreher

Others in his melancholic family had done so. Nearing the 20th anniversary of Percy’s death by natural causes, Russell Moore ponders why the novelist escaped. Excerpt: Others have sought to argue that the difference for Walker Percy was medical or […]

The cost of chemicals in our lives

posted by Rod Dreher

Reader Conor sends a report about how the extensive use of the weedkiller Roundup has resulted in the emergence of Roundup-resistant weeds. Excerpt: Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous […]

How to avoid epistemic closure

posted by Rod Dreher

Via Andrew Sullivan, I find a rather helpful list of suggestions from Will Saletan about how to avoid epistemic closure. The broader Internet discussion started as an inquiry into whether or not conservatives today can be described as closed to […]

The cross without Christ

posted by Rod Dreher

I was pleased to see the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing a large cross built on public land in California to stay in place. I don’t understand why some people freak out over things like this, as if any sign […]

Bedside reading as guide to character

posted by Rod Dreher

My wife was straightening up in the bedroom this morning, and said to me, “You can tell a lot about someone’s character by the books on their bedside table. With her permission, I photographed her bedside table: Henry James, nuns, […]

David R. Spotanski, Catholic hero

posted by Rod Dreher

Ross Douthat calls him “the man who saved American Catholicism,” and in this inspiring story, you can see why David R. Spotanski, a middle-aged Catholic father of three from the Midwest, may well have earned that accolade. Spotanski, a layman, […]

Epistemic closure and what Ratzinger knew

posted by Rod Dreher

At the risk of beating a dead horse (but when has that ever stopped me?), I want to bring the epistemic closure discussion to bear on what Cardinal Ratzinger knew, or should have known, about the Maciel scandal, and related […]

Rhett and Link’s small-town commercials

posted by Rod Dreher

Reader Brett R. improves America by sending in this priceless commercial for an Alabama used mobile home dealer. It’s a real commercial, but apparently it was made by Rhett and Link, two guys who specialize in making funny commercials for […]

Culture more important than politics, money

posted by Rod Dreher

David Brooks writes about a favorite theme of mine: This is not to say that policy choices are meaningless. But we should be realistic about them. The influence of politics and policy is usually swamped by the influence of culture, […]

The malleability of memory

posted by Rod Dreher

A friend the other day mentioned a fellow of her acquaintance who likes a good story so much that he frequently embellishes — and then tells the story so many times that he starts to believe the embellishment. He should […]

How great was the Greatest Generation?

posted by Rod Dreher

I don’t have cable TV, so I haven’t seen “The Pacific.” But I did read one of the books upon which it’s based, E.B. Sledge’s “With the Old Breed,” and I am glad to read in this appreciative Atlantic essay […]

Cardinal Sodano and the Grand Inquisitor

posted by Rod Dreher

The NYT reports further on the Vatican politicking around Marcial Maciel. It strikes me that the Maciel scandal, and perhaps even the wider abuse situation, is now a story that can best be told not by a journalist, but by […]

Is Steve Jobs evil?

posted by Rod Dreher

Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of Apple, but I have to agree with David Carr that the huge deal he’s made over the “stolen” iPhone has been a public relations fiasco for Jobs. It has undermined Apple’s image […]

Cutting the cable/satellite TV cord

posted by Rod Dreher

The next big thing, reports CNN: Despite rising cable and satellite TV prices and easy access to streaming TV and movies on the Internet, few consumers have cut the cord. But that looks like it’s about to change. One in […]

Our disgusting meat supply

posted by Rod Dreher

Yesterday I paid a depressingly high price for a two-pound brisket at Whole Foods. But every time I wonder if I’m paying too much for “clean” meat, I’ll read something like this. Excerpt: In 2008, Mexican authorities rejected a shipment […]

Pope takes over Legionaries; is it enough?

posted by Rod Dreher

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict moved to take over the Legionaries of Christ, still reeling from revelations that its hero-worshiped founder, the late Fr. Marcial Maciel, was a drug-abusing, child-molesting bigamist. Some praised the Vatican for moving so strongly against […]

Eerily prophetic BP oil spill painting

posted by Rod Dreher

New Orleans artist Michelle Levine posted this image to her Facebook page, saying it was one of a series of paintings she started last spring.

Niall Ferguson has bad news for Brits, non-Chinese

posted by Rod Dreher

The Harvard historian and scholar will ruin your day with this interview he did with the Vancouver Sun. Excerpts: Q What are your thoughts on the U.K. economic situation as it relates to the election? A The situation of the […]

How BP greenwashes me and thee

posted by Rod Dreher

I passed a British Petroleum gas station today, for the first time since the Gulf oil spill. I took special notice of the sunny, green and green-friendly logo on the big plastic sign out front, and thought once again about […]

Kristof’s backhanded compliment to Catholicism

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m having a tough time trying to figure out what I think of Nicholas Kristof’s column today. In it, he’s trying to defend the Catholic Church as a liberal writing to a liberal readership. Here’s the tack he takes: Yet […]

Zorba the Tax Cheat

posted by Rod Dreher

Once again, the German taxpayer is to be greatly pitied for having to bail out Greece, which deserves to be taken the the woodshed. Check out this NYT story: ATHENS — In the wealthy, northern suburbs of this city, where […]

BP in ’09: Oil catastrophe can’t happen here

posted by Rod Dreher

Well, well, well: BP suggested in a 2009 exploration plan and environmental impact analysis for the well that an accident leading to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish and mammals was unlikely, or virtually impossible. […]

All hail the Cupcake Cannon!

posted by Rod Dreher

Best invention since the iPad:

Best mint julep recipe ever! Really.

posted by Rod Dreher

Happy Derby Day. Sit down right now and read Walker Percy’s essay about Bourbon. I’m a Southerner, so trust me on this: the mint julep recipe Cud’n Walker provides is the best one ever. The dusting of nutmeg is the […]

Science vs. Religion: What do scientists say?

posted by Rod Dreher

I dropped by a colleague’s office today carrying a copy of a new Oxford University Press book, “Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think,” by Elaine Howard Ecklund. “Have you seen this?” I asked her. “It’s really great.” “You know,” […]

Last train out of Venice

posted by Rod Dreher

A report from Venice, La, a fishing center and ground zero for the fight to save the coast from the oil slick. Meanwhile, a friend in south Mississippi just e-mailed: I just finished my lunch of boiled crabs and beer, […]

Modernity’s vultures come for the Parsis

posted by Rod Dreher

Meera Subramanian writes about an unusual problem adherents to the Parsi faith (modern Zoroastrians) in India are confronting. Excerpt: In a ritual so old it was described by Herodotus, Zoroastrians have laid out their dead atop Towers of Silence to […]

Gordon & Gillian: A Love Story

posted by Rod Dreher

With Elvis too! How did we ever live without the Internet? And how did I ever live without The Browser?

Steve Jobs hates Flash. Here’s the secret why.

posted by Rod Dreher

Did you read Steve Jobs’ letter explaining why he’s down on Adobe’s Flash? I got bogged down and bored by it. But this analysis by Charlie Stross is anything but boring. Excerpt: If you’re using an iPad in 2015, my […]

Oil spill catastrophe a game changer?

posted by Rod Dreher

Via Andy Revkin’s blog, a Drexel University professor speculates as to how the rolling disaster unfolding in the Gulf will play out: This could have an enormous political impact. That type of spill size will eventually reach recreational areas, and […]

Why I love/hate Louisiana

posted by Rod Dreher

A fellow Bayou State expat sends along this editorial from today’s Times-Picayune, concerning drive-thru daiquiri bars. When I was courting my Texan wife, and told her about these fine institutions in my home state, she thought I was joking. She […]

Teenagers + technology vs. parents

posted by Rod Dreher

A mom is fed up with how communications technology affects her teens and their friends. Excerpt: All this communication gadgetry is causing obsessive-compulsive behaviors, giving people control over another’s whereabouts that astonishes me. More frightening is puberty–especially for girls. One […]

Jenkins: Catholic Church headed south

posted by Rod Dreher

Philip Jenkins forecasts that the abuse scandal is going to change the Catholic Church — by turning it upside down, demographically. Excerpt: Some media commentators are even asking if the Church can survive the crisis. But most evidence suggests that […]

The yin-yang of religion and idea systems

posted by Rod Dreher

Last night I was reading a chapter of a book on mysticism and physics, and in this chapter the author described Chinese religious and philosophical thought as taking place between the poles of Taoism and Confucianism. This point was actually […]

Hey Aspie, you might get rich!

posted by Rod Dreher

Via Jonah Lehrer, here’s a Vanity Fair excerpt from Michael Lewis’s new book, in which a one-eyed California man who always thought his social awkwardness was due to his partial blindness, and who stumbled into becoming a very rich investor. […]

Culture and epistemic closure

posted by Rod Dreher

Tired of the epistemic closure discussion? Me neither. A Texas reader sends along this post from the excellent science writer/blogger Jonah Lehrer, who discusses how becoming enculturated within a particular group involves epistemic closure. Excerpt: The process of enculturation doesn’t […]

Elites and their private contempt

posted by Rod Dreher

John O’Sullivan, commenting on Gordon Brown’s gaffe: What makes this much more than simply embarrassing for Labour is that it illustrates the private contempt of Left elites for ordinary Labour voters, with their old-fashioned patriotic and conservative social prejudices on […]

Gulf catastrophe perhaps worst oil spill ever

posted by Rod Dreher

A Canadian oil spill expert tells the BBC today that the Louisiana oil spill is going to dwarf the Exxon Valdez disaster, and with the possible exception of the Kuwait oil field fires following the first Gulf War, will be […]

All religions are not the same

posted by Rod Dreher

Religion scholar Stephen Prothero says what really needs saying more often. Excerpt: No one argues that different economic systems or political regimes are one and the same. Capitalism and socialism are so self-evidently at odds that their differences hardly bear […]

Is The New York Times a religion?

posted by Rod Dreher

At Commonweal’s blog, former Newsweek religion writer Kenneth Woodward let’s the Times have it, comparing the newspaper to a religion. Excerpt: Again like the Church of Rome, the Times exercises a powerful magisterium or teaching authority through its editorial board. […]

The computers’ Sabbath / Thomas’s Law

posted by Rod Dreher

My Templeton colleague Dave Thomas notes that even computers need a “Sabbath” (i.e., time to rest), but people these days seem to think there’s something wrong with rest. Excerpt: This is compounded by an always-on society. The ability to be […]

Greece and moral hazard

posted by Rod Dreher

The Greek economic crisis is quickly spreading. Today, Spain’s debt was downgraded, which is a much bigger deal than Greece’s woes. But Greece is loping steadily toward sovereign default. A Greece rescue plan is said to cost a staggering 100 […]

Gillian Duffy: The new Susan Boyle

posted by Rod Dreher

Meet Gillian Duffy, a genial grandmother who is quickly becoming a British media sensation, thanks to PM Gordon Brown’s being nice to her face, then calling her a “bigot” behind her back — forgetting that he was wearing a live […]

Women as dog-like as men. Progress?

posted by Rod Dreher

I was listening this morning to a segment on NPR’s Morning Edition in which two music commentators discussed the music of a female rapper named Niki Minaj. I found Minaj’s music to be ugly and unlistenable, but I think that […]

The body, the Tao and epistemic closure

posted by Rod Dreher

Further to the discussion on epistemic closure, consider science blogger Jonah Lehrer’s post about poker faces and brain testing. Excerpt: The larger lesson is that the brain can’t escape its embodiment. Even abstract information – and what’s more abstract than […]

Tai chi so far

posted by Rod Dreher

Well, I’ve been to two tai chi classes so far, and I’m really liking it. The moves look so easy when you watch others do them, but they’re not easy at all, at least not if you are as physically […]

Carbs: The source of all evil

posted by Rod Dreher

Hey, how about this, from Scientific American?: Eat less saturated fat: that has been the take-home message from the U.S. government for the past 30 years. But while Americans have dutifully reduced the percentage of daily calories from saturated fat […]

A Benedictine guide to cheese-making

posted by Rod Dreher

This item about a Benedictine nun drawing spiritual lessons from cheese-making might just be the Platonic ideal of a Rod Dreher blog post. Excerpt: Mother Noella began her presentation with a slide of a gold-gilded icon of St. Benedict beholding […]

Too big to fail? Or too big to succeed?

posted by Rod Dreher

I finally got around last weekend to listening to a recent This American Life broadcast about the NUMMI plant. Here’s the promo text: Host Ira Glass introduces the story of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., aka NUMMI. In 1984, […]

Grover’s Corners vs. Manhattan

posted by Rod Dreher

Patrick Deneen caught the Off Broadway revival of “Our Town,” and had some thoughts upon leaving the theater. Excerpt: The juxtaposition of Grover’s Corner and New York captures the essence of two different worldviews. In the one, the challenge of […]

What would Ruthie Leming do? Well…

posted by Rod Dreher

My friend Chuck Bloom down in Texas sent this to me over the weekend. It got to me, as you might well imagine: Chalk this one up to another Ruthie Leming victory. Here in Dallas, there is a well-known Celtic […]

Gulf oil slick — a satellite view

posted by Rod Dreher

Here’s a NASA shot of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as seen from space: This shocked me. I had no idea it was so large. Where is that oil going to go when it hits shore? Louisiana? Mississippi? Alabama? […]

Climate change threatens wine industry

posted by Rod Dreher

OK Mister Global Warming, it’s one thing when you cause glaciers to melt, threaten piddly Pacific islands with inundation, and promising a future of bleak migration and misery for millions, but when you start threatening Your Working Yuppie Boy’s wine […]

The epistemic closure of the ideological mind

posted by Rod Dreher

In response to my post last week about epistemic closure, the blogger Anonymous Liberal, whom I questioned in the post, has responded. Here’s part of what he wrote: Similarly, there is a major difference between someone who makes a real […]

The spiritual mask

posted by Rod Dreher

One reason the Restore Stephen Baldwin nonsense bothers me so much is that it gets to something that bothers me to the marrow about religious culture, and it’s this: that religious people have a weakness for disguising ordinary crappy human […]

Give alms to a tax deadbeat: Restore Stephen Baldwin

posted by Rod Dreher

Look, I’m sorry that actor Stephen Baldwin is bankrupt, but this whole Restore Stephen Baldwin campaign is the ne plus ultra of Evangelical cheesiness. Baldwin is the D-list actor who became a born-again Christian in 2002. But he got into […]

Notes on Baltimore and thereabouts

posted by Rod Dreher

Was out all day down in Baltimore, or driving between there and Philly. Julie and the boys had some business downtown, so Nora and I hung out at the harbor — mostly in the Aquarium, because it was raining. A […]

South Park vs. Islam: Decadence on display

posted by Rod Dreher

Ross Douthat takes measure of the South Park vs. Islam controversy. Excerpt: Across 14 on-air years, there’s no icon “South Park” hasn’t trampled, no vein of shock-comedy (sexual, scatalogical, blasphemous) it hasn’t mined. In a less jaded era, its creators […]

The dirty miracle of ‘Exile on Main Street’

posted by Rod Dreher

Did you know we’re coming up on 40 years since the release of the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main Street,” which to my mind is the greatest rock album of all time? Forty years! Here’s a marvelous story from Sunday’s […]

Faith, secularism and our tragic dilemma

posted by Rod Dreher

The organizers of a traditional Latin mass in Washington this past weekend wisely disinvited Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, fearing that protests over the retired cardinal’s letter in support of a molester-protecting French bishop would mar the day. Good move. In […]

Ruthie Leming and Father Seelos

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m told that my cancer-stricken sister Ruthie is making a pilgrimage today to the New Orleans shrine of the Blessed F.X. Seelos, a 19th-century priest whose prayers are believed to have been instrumental in miraculous cures. There is a healing […]

Hawking: “Talking to aliens? MYOB.”

posted by Rod Dreher

Physics demigod Stephen Hawking sensibly says we should mind our own business on the subject of extraterrestrial life. Excerpt: Such scenes are speculative, but Hawking uses them to lead on to a serious point: that a few life forms could […]

In a flash, a broken neck, a broken life

posted by Rod Dreher

I saw a photo from last summer of my sister Ruthie and her daughter Hannah, both glowing from the sun (they were on vacation). And today, Ruthie is devastatingly ill with cancer. I am oppressed by the thought of how […]

Is the Greek family wrecking Greece’s economy?

posted by Rod Dreher

Yes, says a Greek economic exile. Excerpt: Upward of 75 percent of Greek businesses are family-owned. Most are small and rely on family labor, which is as flexible as it gets — in practice, no minimum-wage or maximum-hour laws apply. […]

Brian Kownacki, Baseball God!

posted by Rod Dreher

Here is a college athlete who, by virtue of his heroic deed of acrobatics recorded here, will never lack for girlfriends or someone to pick up his bar tab for the rest of his college career. Awesome doesn’t begin to […]

Is goodness universal?

posted by Rod Dreher

I keep pointing my readers to the Templeton symposium on the question of what reason has to do with morality because it raises so many questions in my mind. From Antonio Damasio’s essay: The mechanisms behind such behaviors [that we […]

Holy Ghost Hokey Pokey? Shoot me now.

posted by Rod Dreher

Adventures in modern Christian piety. At the two-minute mark, things really get rolling:On second thought, maybe Torquemada was onto something…UPDATE: Seriously, though, I honestly don’t understand the appeal of this kind of religion. I am not a charismatic, nor do […]

Which Archie Comics character is gay?

posted by Rod Dreher

You’ve heard, I take it, about the new gay character in Archie Comics. I had thought Dilton Doiley might finally open up about his particular friendship with Moose, but no, they’re bringing in a new guy, Kevin Keller. John Podhoretz […]

Climate’s not the only thing changing

posted by Rod Dreher

Thought-provoking piece on Slate today about a NOAA report forecasting what’s facing the weather agency between now and 2035. Slate writer Jim Tankersley takes the data and foresees climate-driven social and political change coming down the road. Excerpt: Mass migrations […]

C. gattii, the bisexual killer fungus

posted by Rod Dreher

Deadly omnisexual spores spreading disease in Washington, Oregon and thereabouts, killing one out of every four people who get the stuff. It’s airborne, and lays into healthy people. More: If C. gattii keeps having sex and spreading, its next victims […]

News flash: We are all epistemically closed

posted by Rod Dreher

There has been a lot of commentary on the political blogs around the concept of “epistemic closure,” which is a fancy way of saying “closed-mindedness.” The point of discussion has been on whether or not conservatives today are “epistemically closed,” […]

Oxytocin: the “trust us” medicine?

posted by Rod Dreher

Here’s an interesting report from NPR about the possible connection between distrust of government and the presence in the brain of oxytocin. I wrote not long about about research scientist Dr. Paul Zak (full disclosure: a Templeton grantee) and his […]

They don’t make atheists like Nietzsche anymore

posted by Rod Dreher

If you found the Woody Allen nihilism thread of interest, I’ve got something else for you to chew on. In a bracing essay dismissing the New Atheists lock, stock and barrel, Orthodox Christian theologian David Bentley Hart says none of […]

Science, religion and ways of knowing truth

posted by Rod Dreher

Andrew Brown on the problem with “natural theology”: But neither is it satisfactory for Christianity to retreat entirely from the world of facts about the world and to suppose that God is merely a matter of opinion, not of truth. […]

Can we have a religious duty to kill?

posted by Rod Dreher

Earlier this week, I watched a documentary film about the life and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Evangelical pastor hanged by the Nazis for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The case of Bonhoeffer, who risked his […]

Life tortures Woody Allen

posted by Rod Dreher

In an interview with Commonweal, Woody Allen shows the skull beneath the skin. Excerpt: RL: When Ingmar Bergman died, you said even if you made a film as great as one of his, what would it matter? It doesn’t gain […]

To be rich, to be simple…

posted by Rod Dreher

Charlotte Allen has a problem with the fashionable cult of simplicity. Excerpt: Welcome to the simplicity movement, the ethos whose mantras are “cutting back,” “focusing on the essentials,” “reconnecting to the land” – and talking, talking, talking about how fulfilled […]

Peak phosphorus, or, for want of a nail

posted by Rod Dreher

Reflecting on how the Icelandic volcano brought much of life in Europe — especially economic life — to a near-standstill in Europe, badly inconvenienced travelers waxed philosophical: “I think Europe weirdly needs this kind of occasion to be reminded that […]

A Confederacy of Larry King’s love life

posted by Rod Dreher

He sat at attention in the darkness of the Prytania only a few rows from the screen, his body filling the seat and protruding into the two adjoining ones. On the seat to his right he had stationed his overcoat, […]

Why this Earth mother hates Earth Day

posted by Rod Dreher

Happy Earth Day. Sharon Astyk thinks its all b.s.; here’s part of the reason why: I see Earth Day as the new Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, a Hallmark holiday for us to give lip service to the environment. There […]

The next volcano could doom us

posted by Rod Dreher

So says Simon Winchester, who wrote a book on Krakatoa. Excerpts: But others of the 47 known VEI-8 volcanoes are more alarmingly recent. Taupo in New Zealand erupted with mega-colossal force some 22,500 years ago. The newer of the great […]

How religious leaders should handle media

posted by Rod Dreher

Ross Douthat, who is Catholic, wishes Pope Benedict were more media-savvy. Here’s part of the advice he offers the Vatican: Again, the Catholic Church will always face particular difficulties in its dealings with the press. But the rules that apply […]

We are all teenagers now

posted by Rod Dreher

A UK reader writes with a reflection on Tory Party leader David Cameron’s Easter message. The reader writes: Despite the fact that he is an Anglican Christian of sorts, and the message was issued on Good Friday, he made no […]

Traif: The bad-faith restaurant

posted by Rod Dreher

Lots of press attention to Traif, a new restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, run by a Jewish man and his Gentile partner. Their gimmick is … well, it’s the sort of thing that if a Muslim tried it with a restaurant […]

Fat AND crazy. Great, just great.

posted by Rod Dreher

News from The New York Times that makes you want to take the tire around your 43-year-old midsection back to bed: Being fat is bad for your brain. That, at least, is the gloomy conclusion of several recent studies. For […]

Gray Powell, world’s unluckiest employee

posted by Rod Dreher

He’s the 27-year-old Apple engineer who lost the top-secret new iPhone. He’s described as “tired and broken.” Ya think? Can you just imagine? “Mr. Jobs will see you now, son.” UPDATE: Gizmodo, which broke the news (and outed Gray Powell), […]

Coffee from a varmint’s butt

posted by Rod Dreher

Here’s a post that combines two of my favorite things: coffee and juvenile scatological humor. Naturally, I speak of the exceedingly rare and expensive coffee brewed from beans that have been treated inside the gut of a civet cat, then […]

Will the iPad kill the Kindle?

posted by Rod Dreher

Sarah Peyton tracks the ups and downs of learning to live with the iPad – and because she’s in publishing, she wonders if it will kill the Kindle. Excerpt: I’ve owned a Kindle for about 6 months and it’s my […]

Sorry Hollywood, time travel a no-go

posted by Rod Dreher

Physicist Sean Carroll explains why time travel isn’t likely (it has to do with entropy), and how Hollywood and fiction writers fail to get the science right: Q. YOU WRITE THAT THE NATURE OF TIME IS SUCH THAT WE CAN’T […]

Should Christians practice martial arts?

posted by Rod Dreher

I’d love to see a (civil, philosophical) discussion on the question above. Though I ask for a view on whether or not Christians should do this, I would also be interested in hearing from Jews and Muslims about whether it […]

Word of the moment: Yaka-wow!

posted by Rod Dreher

Boing Boing explains why we’ve all got to start working “yaka-wow” into our daily conversation. For example:

I contain multitudes. Even redneck wino ones.

posted by Rod Dreher

Sitting at dinner tonight with our guest, discussing the structure of the grand cru Bordeaux we were drinking, with music in the background. Says my wife, laughing, “Listen to you going on like that, listening to that music” — it […]

Tai chi and me

posted by Rod Dreher

Matthew, my 10 year old, and I are going to take a tai chi class together, starting next week. I have thought about doing this off and on since studying Traditional Chinese Medicine last summer, given how I really need […]

What words have to do with distrust

posted by Rod Dreher

I had lunch today with a priest who said at one point that he had listened to the famous speech the newly consecrated OCA Bishop Jonah (now Metropolitan) gave just before his election, in which he spoke with startling bluntness […]

We can’t escape the human stain

posted by Rod Dreher

I am taking a break from blogging on the Catholic scandal, but I think Michael Sean Winters tells us something important about human nature in this short essay on one of the America magazine blogs. While he is quite strong […]

Is there anything the iPad can’t do?

posted by Rod Dreher

Probably not: Jens Stoltenberg, the Norwegian prime minister, who was stranded in New York because of Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud over the weekend, was using an iPad to run his government remotely, according to his press secretary. Here’s my new […]

Culture and our relationship with nature

posted by Rod Dreher

Heard an interesting segment on Morning Edition driving in this morning, a bit about African-American nature poetry. Excerpt: Camille T. Dungy, the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African-American Nature Poetry, calls her book a first of its kind. […]

The civilizational cost of a corrupt clergy

posted by Rod Dreher

In a combox thread below, I mentioned that my priest yesterday said in his homily that one of these days, a general persecution of Christians is coming; his point was, more or less, to ask if they start putting people […]

What if airplanes ceased to exist?

posted by Rod Dreher

The skies over northwestern Europe are largely free of airplanes these days, thanks to the volcano. I remember how strange it was in New York City on the days immediately following 9/11, when you neither saw nor heard aircraft, except […]

Cardinal: John Paul approved of cover-up

posted by Rod Dreher

The plot thickens: ROME (AP) — Spanish media are quoting a retired Vatican cardinal as saying the late Pope John Paul II backed his letter congratulating a French bishop for risking jail for shielding a priest convicted of raping minors.Web […]

The garden of memory

posted by Rod Dreher

We spent today at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, which is out in the northwestern part of Philadelphia. Julie loves horticulture, and has been wanting to get out there for some time. There was a performance of […]

An ape in a wig with sad blue eyes

posted by Rod Dreher

Is there anything the writer William T. Vollmann won’t try for the sake of a good story? He visits a Japanese make-up artist who caters to Japanese businessmen who secretly want to cross-dress. He discovers, among other things, that the […]

Hot mannequins and blind men!

posted by Rod Dreher

Are ideal female body types (according to heterosexual men) innate, or culturally conditioned by advertising and suchlike? Dutch researchers loaded sexy mannequins into the back of a van and visited with straight men who have been blind from birth to […]

How the primate raped the Church

posted by Rod Dreher

While we’re on the topic of crooked and immoral church administration, let’s look at the Orthodox Church in America. Shortly before he was elected primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Bishop Jonah gave an electrifying speech in which he […]

Top cardinal: ‘Bishops, protect pedophile priests’

posted by Rod Dreher

Lee Podles draws attention to a French Catholic magazine’s publication of a 2001 letter Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos wrote to Pierre Pican, a French bishop who had just been sentenced to jail for not having reported a pedophile priest to […]

What does all this seismic activity signal?

posted by Rod Dreher

What’s this?: The mouth of Hell? No, it’s an overhead radar image of the Icelandic volcano now ruining air travel in Europe. As blogger Stein Sigurddson writes of this anthropomorphic image, “The mind does some great interpolative associative processing ;-)” […]

Who in power will speak the truth?

posted by Rod Dreher

David Rieff was in Dublin for the Easter 1916 commemoration, and listened to a military chaplain speak at the official ceremony, delivering what David calls a “brave homily” addressing the ethical collapse of the nation during its recent economic boom, […]

Desperate housewife cleaning method

posted by Rod Dreher

Mrs. Dreher enlists the little ones in helping clean the apartment, e-mailing: I just stuck old socks on their hands, gave them Comet, and turned them loose in the shower. So far, so good.

Cad of the Year

posted by Rod Dreher

You cannot improve (if that is the word) on the guy arrested for beating up his armless, legless girlfriend: Although Bell had both hands and part of both legs amputated because of a childhood illness, Smith said she can still […]

SEC: Goldman Sachs are fraudsters

posted by Rod Dreher

O happy day: Goldman Sachs, which emerged relatively unscathed from the financial crisis, was accused of securities fraud in a civil suit filed Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims the bank created and sold a mortgage investment […]

What really killed Phoebe Prince?

posted by Rod Dreher

Yes, says Christopher Caldwell, it was a school administration that didn’t take its responsibility to stop bullying seriously enough. If that were the gist of it, we could pass laws and make administrative remedies for the problem. But: Because the […]

Peggy Noonan meets Cardinal Law

posted by Rod Dreher

This extraordinary passage from (the Catholic) Peggy Noonan’s Wall Street Journal column today. She recaps how American bishops reacted at first to the 2002 scandals, and then says: Does any of this, the finger-pointing and blame-gaming, sound familiar? Isn’t it […]

Annals of Really Bad Ideas

posted by Rod Dreher

How did this happen? Who on earth could have seen this coming?: It turns out a crowded museum, like a crowded subway, is no excuse for an improper touch. This lesson has been learned the hard way by some visitors […]

Talking, but not listening

posted by Rod Dreher

“How little we know, how eager to learn.” — Sir John Templeton Tim Burke: There’s really very little to be said for trying to carry on a conversation (online or otherwise) with people who have nothing but an instrumental view […]

Reason and morality — a necessary connection?

posted by Rod Dreher

Here at Templeton, we have this week posted our newest Big Question series of essays from major thinkers, all answering the same question. The new one is: “Does moral action depend on reasoning?” Go here to read all the answers. […]

Giving scandal

posted by Rod Dreher

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2284 Scandal is an attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil. The person who gives scandal becomes his neighbor’s tempter. He damages virtue and integrity; he may even draw his brother […]

The evolution of TV watching

posted by Rod Dreher

Niraj Chokshi: Almost one fourth of people under 25 now watch most of their TV online. The authors of a new survey estimate that 800,000 U.S. households got rid of their cable subscriptions last year, and expect the number to […]

Up with women farmers!

posted by Rod Dreher

So says woman farmer Sharon Astyk, writing in In Character. Excerpt: I was not raised on a farm. My parents or grandparents were NOT farmers. My husband comes NOT from farming people but from an apartment in New Jersey. Both […]

Why are inner-city Americans poor?

posted by Rod Dreher

Heather Mac Donald, writing in City Journal, criticizes a New York City program to help the poor by giving them cash rewards for constructive behavior, saying it’s built on a misunderstanding of why inner-city Americans (versus, say, Mexicans) are poor. […]

Dale Hansen, mad prophet of the airwaves!

posted by Rod Dreher

Somebody secretly records a drunken Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner, talking trash about Bill Parcells and others in a bar, and WFAA, the ABC affiliate in Dallas, runs it as a story. This royally cheesed off WFAA’s veteran sports […]

Are we hard-wired for God?

posted by Rod Dreher

New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade has made a Darwinian case for the religion instinct. From Commonweal’s mostly favorable review of Wade’s book: Again, religion is important to Wade only because it is biologically adaptive: it has fostered the […]

Sex-mad society scapegoats the Catholic Church

posted by Rod Dreher

News from the world of sexualizing children: PRIMARK have today stopped selling padded bikinis for seven-year-olds in a victory for The Sun. The discount fashion chain began clearing the shelves of the £4 bikini sets after shocked parents slammed the […]

Hooray for mediocrity!

posted by Rod Dreher

I had occasion late last week to visit an area public school. There are 10 or so celebratory banners lining the hall, proclaiming, “We made adequate yearly progress in 2009!” Adequacy! It’s so … whelming. To be charitable, perhaps this […]

Obesogenia, or, to be American is to be obese

posted by Rod Dreher

We had several threads about obesity here a few weeks back, and I urge anyone who felt strongly about them to, by all means, read the Atlantic essay by Marc Ambinder, who discussed obesity in America and his own decision […]

Fish, Habermas, reason and religion

posted by Rod Dreher

Stanley Fish chews at length over Jurgen Habermas’s new position on religion. Habermas, an ardent Enlightenment secularist, now recognizes that secularity is missing something essential to being human. That, he now believes, is the religious sense. Habermas now believes that […]

Digital power in the postmodern age

posted by Rod Dreher

A great Edge exchange between Evgeny Morozov and Clay Shirky about how the Internet and digital technology works to affect power relations within polities. Morozov says he thinks techno-utopians in the press are taking a too-narrow view of how the […]

Big Baptists

posted by Rod Dreher

Time for a Southern culture break. Caroline Langston writes an affectionate appreciation of Southern Baptists she grew up with in Mississippi, and takes note of the ambiguous phrase “Big Baptists,” with which many Southerners will be familiar. Excerpt: So what […]

The power of unlimited love

posted by Rod Dreher

From an e-mail someone who attended Ruthie’s benefit concert sent to me this morning: I cried on my way home after having tears when I pulled into the benefit and saw all of the cars filling the parking lot. The […]

Psychedelic medicine on the rise

posted by Rod Dreher

John Tierney reports on doctors who are revisiting the therapeutic effects of psilocybin, psychedelic compound. Excerpt: The subjects’ reports mirrored so closely the accounts of religious mystical experiences, Dr. Griffiths said, that it seems likely the human brain is wired […]

For newspapers, gloom, doom, the usual

posted by Rod Dreher

Cheered by the magnificent Pulitzer Prize success of my friends and former Dallas Morning News colleagues, I decided to do something I hadn’t done in a while: go to print journalism analysis sites to see if things might be looking […]

Impermanence post, now with pictures

posted by Rod Dreher

If you read my post titled “The impermanence of things,” about visiting my elderly aunts’ cabin as a ruin, please go take a second look at it. My cousin Kevin e-mailed an image of the old cabin when my (our) […]

Accountability and its conspicuous lack

posted by Rod Dreher

Father Tom Reese, S.J., has a good column in America suggesting how the European bishops can and should learn from the painful experience of the American bishops in our Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis. Excerpt: Finally, the American bishops excused […]

Roger Staubach is old. Real old.

posted by Rod Dreher

‘memba him? Look below the jump to see what he’s looking like today. Holy Cow(boys)! He could stand in for Uncle Jesse on Dukes of Hazzard. Then again, when I get to be his age (68), I plan to let […]

Hooray for Dallas Morning News Pulitzer prize!

posted by Rod Dreher

I was so delighted to read that three of my former editorial board member colleagues at the Dallas Morning News — Colleen McCain Nelson, Bill McKenzie and Tod Robberson – today won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. The project […]

The impermanence of things

posted by Rod Dreher

UPDATE: My cousin Kevin just e-mailed an old photo of the cabin I talk about in this post, and one of Aunt Lois doing the dishes in her kitchen in the cabin. I’ve posted them below. Nearly 20 years ago, […]

Benedict: Probably better than John Paul II

posted by Rod Dreher

…at poping, that is. Ross Douthat, the non-ridiculous Catholic on the Times columnist roster, makes an important point that can’t be said often enough: though John Paul II was by far the more charismatic figure, Benedict XVI will likely be […]

Ruthie’s wonderful life

posted by Rod Dreher

“How do you write about what happened tonight?” my father asked me just now. “All those people, they all came out for your sister. She’s touched so many people, honey.” Then he started to cry, and so did I, because […]

Ruthie’s fundraising concert is tonight!

posted by Rod Dreher

By the time you read this, I’ll be in St. Francisville, where I’ve flown in today to surprise Ruthie, and to go to her concert tonight with her. If you are in the Baton Rouge area and would like to […]

Ratzinger: “Bishop, take your time with that pedophile”

posted by Rod Dreher

Well, this is depressing: The priest, convicted of tying up and abusing two young boys in a California church rectory, wanted to leave the ministry. But in 1985, four years after the priest and his bishop first asked that he […]

You’re wrong about cultural change

posted by Rod Dreher

…says sociologist James Davison Hunter, whose presentation “To Change the World” given to the Trinity Forum some years back (available in PDF form here) is the basis of his new book of the same title. I urge you to read […]

Tiger Woods: Integrity for sale, cheap

posted by Rod Dreher

Tiger Woods hits bottom, digs:Preach it, Favog: Tiger Woods is a wreck. His family is a bigger wreck because of Tiger’s appetite for fresh meat. And now Nike gets the perpetrator in a tabloid tragedy to trade on his sins […]

Western art in the post-Christian West

posted by Rod Dreher

How London’s Victoria & Albert Museum dealt with the challenge of presenting Christian art to a public that has forgotten the narratives that defined the West. Excerpt: This situation is unprecedented in western civilisation: even 50 years ago, when these […]

Schooling and common culture

posted by Rod Dreher

A comment from a combox thread: Scotch Meg, While I am generally supportive of home schooling, it seems to me that if you want children educated in a common culture people should rather be boosting church schools, which of course […]

The art and pleasure of working together

posted by Rod Dreher

My favorite article in the current issue of In Character is the Peter J. Marks piece about the work ethic of Broadway stagehands. He saw it up close when the actress Julie Andrews took him backstage to observe how the […]

Consumers are more confident — why not you?

posted by Rod Dreher

Floyd Norris discusses why many people are still bearish despite improving economic numbers. Who dares to be truly confident in the recovery with all that public debt piled up like snow on the side of a steep mountain, just waiting […]

iPad and the paradoxes of progress

posted by Rod Dreher

David Pogue’s NYT review of the iPad seems to have captured perfectly the polarization it’s causing. Techno-geeks tend to hate it, while the masses love it. Laura Miller’s Salon piece spells out what I intuited about why I’d love to […]

Changing churches, changing communities

posted by Rod Dreher

The Catholic writer John Zmirak went back to his favorite Catholic haunts in his native New York during Holy Week, and published this beautiful but deeply melancholic reflection on the loss of the world he once knew. Excerpt: St. Vincent […]

Maciel’s mafia

posted by Rod Dreher

Stunning reporting from the National Catholic Reporter’s Jason Berry about how the drug-addicted pedophile Father Marcial Maciel funneled payoffs to very high-ranking members of the Roman curia — including his great protector, for Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Cardinal Sodano […]

Walker Percy and our deranged world

posted by Rod Dreher

It’s startling to realize that we’re coming up on the 20th anniversary of Walker Percy’s death (May 10, 1990). Has he really been gone that long? What would he have to say to us today? I wish he were still […]

I, Codger, iCodger

posted by Rod Dreher

I forgot to tell you that yesterday, when I walked into the Apple store with my 10 year old Matthew, and I beheld all the twentysomething nerdling staffers pootling about, I felt about a billion years old. “Can I help […]

Ruthie Leming Day this weekend

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m hearing that ticket sales for the fundraising concert for my sister, Ruthie Leming, are quite brisk. Great! People are so good to my family. Yesterday, a group of third and fourth graders showed up at Ruthie’s house to work […]

iPad: iCame, iSaw, iWant

posted by Rod Dreher

I had to go to an Apple store today to solve my home wi-fi connectivity problems. While there, I had to take a look at the iPad. Prior to this visit, I couldn’t really see the point of the thing. […]

Slow minds = creative minds

posted by Rod Dreher

I’ve mentioned in this space before that one of the most striking interviews I ever did as an arts journalist was with the actor John Hurt, who gave a stunning performance in a small indie film called “Love and Death […]

Abuse scandal and the problems of localism

posted by Rod Dreher

In this blog post, I will show you Ross Douthat saying why the Catholic abuse scandal is bad news for Red Tories and Front Porchers who prize localism. But first, a word about Maureen Dowd. Another day, yet another nitwit […]

Evolution defense behind theologian’s ouster?

posted by Rod Dreher

Shocking news from the world of Protestant theology: Bruce Waltke, arguably the pre-eminent Old Testament scholar in the field, has resigned from the Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando. Why? It’s not clear, but this comes right after he was excoriated by […]

Penis-mad Dutch bomb the Christian rubble

posted by Rod Dreher

They’ve already all but demolished Christianity in their country, but the Dutch cultural elite continue their fight against a phantom enemy. Look: Perhaps the quietest spot, however, is the Museum of Christian Art, or Catharijneconvent, named for its patron, St. […]

Paddington Bear complicates my life

posted by Rod Dreher

Actual post-bedtime story dialogue last night: “Dad, I have a secret for you.” “What, Nora?” (Stage whisper:) “You have to take me to England!” All I can figure is it’s Paddington wot done it. Nora, who is three, sleeps with […]

Abandon politics, change the world

posted by Rod Dreher

The cultural conflict scholar James Davison Hunter has a new book out that I’m definitely going to get, criticizes Christian political engagement of both the right and left. From a Hunter quote on Andrew Sullivan’s site: The tragedy is that […]

What is heaven like?

posted by Rod Dreher

Johann Hari reviews Lisa Miller’s new book about heaven. Excerpt: The heaven you think you’re headed to–a reunion with your lost relatives in the light–is a very recent invention, only a little older than Goldman Sachs. Most of the believers […]

How does Benedict fix this mess?

posted by Rod Dreher

Here’s a story about how complicated the whole abusive priest situation is . Indian priest serving in Minnesota allegedly abuses girl, who goes to police after he is back in India. Charges are filed. Extradition is sought. The Minnesota bishop […]

The Tiger Woods effect

posted by Rod Dreher

Jonah Lehrer reports on research showing that competing against people who are far and away better does not make you better, but causes you instead to shut down. Excerpt: According to a paper by Jennifer Brown, an applied macroeconomist at […]

John Gray: Red Toryism won’t work

posted by Rod Dreher

The English conservative philosopher John Gray reviews Philip Blond’s “Red Tory,” and finds it wanting. He judges that Blond’s economic prescriptions would require a level of protectionism that is completely unrealistic. Plus: The real objections to the programme set out […]

What it means to be Catholic

posted by Rod Dreher

I know it’s a bit late, but here’s a terrific homily delivered at Easter Vigil by my Beliefnet co-blogger Deacon Greg Kandra, at his Catholic parish in Queens. The theme: “What does it mean to be a Catholic today?” Excerpt: […]

How to create a CNN worth watching

posted by Rod Dreher

You may be aware that CNN’s ratings are in dramatic free fall. It’s big prime-time hosts have lost almost half their audiences over the past year. Meanwhile, the competitors who have chosen to be consciously conservative (Fox) or consciously liberal […]

Cancer, death and denial

posted by Rod Dreher

Yesterday’s New York Times published a riveting account of a young doctor who became a leader in palliative care for terminally ill patients, who ended up denying her own training and advice (so to speak) when she became terminally ill […]

Priest/pastor as spiritual father

posted by Rod Dreher

I was thinking this morning after a post-Lenten breakfast with some Catholic friends how rarely, no matter which parish I’ve attended, or church I’ve been part of, I have thought of the priest or pastor as a spiritual father. Credible […]

Is Greek Easter, American peoples!

posted by Rod Dreher

A Pascha classic:Via the Byzantine, Texas blog.

Was Rowan Williams wrong to smack Irish Catholics?

posted by Rod Dreher

Sorry to bring up some controversy on this Easter day, but I’m genuinely interested to poll the room here for reaction to the impolitic language uttered by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, re: the Catholic Church in Ireland. From the […]

Riesling, I hardly knew ye

posted by Rod Dreher

When I bought a case of wine from Moore Bros., I asked four eight reds and four whites. I told Susan, the helpful consultant, that I strongly preferred bone-dry whites. She slipped a bottle of Riesling into the mix, which […]

The best parts of Easter

posted by Rod Dreher

Check out Elizabeth Scalia’s NPR piece on why she remains a Catholic, despite it all. Excerpt: The darkness within my church is real, and it has too often gone unaddressed. The light within my church is also real, and has […]

How to be a successful male prostitute

posted by Rod Dreher

Myrna M. sends along this hilarious column — and I know it’s hilarious because I read it aloud to my wife at the breakfast table, and she doubled over several times — that relays news about the dude who signed […]

The (very) religious shall inherit the earth

posted by Rod Dreher

So says political scientist Eric Kaufmann, in his new book on religion and demography, which goes into territory Philip Longman trod several years back in “The Empty Cradle.” In New Humanist’s worrying (to them) feature on Kaufmann’s work, the interviewer […]

Lithuanians more grown up than Americans?

posted by Rod Dreher

Will at the League reflects on the painful austerity measures the government of Lithuania undertook to balance its books, and how the Lithuanian people, who remember how hard life was under Soviet occupation, are bearing up stoically. Excerpt: Are we […]

The Sovietized post office

posted by Rod Dreher

A story in which Megan McArdle says: So let’s recap here: there are no stamps. At the post office.

Is Christopher Hitchens doing Vatican PR?

posted by Rod Dreher

How not to defuse a public relations crisis: ROME — A senior Vatican priest speaking at a Good Friday service compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church — which have included reports about Pope Benedict XVI’s […]

‘Mean girls’ really do exist

posted by Rod Dreher

An op-ed in today’s NYT says that the idea that “mean girls” exist in high schools is a myth. Excerpt: However, many of the news reports and inflamed commentaries have gone beyond expressing outrage at the teenagers involved and instead […]

Noonan: Journalists are the Church’s best friend

posted by Rod Dreher

An extraordinary column today by the Catholic writer Peggy Noonan, who wrote a book called “John Paul the Great,” especially this bit: In both the U.S. and Europe, the scandal was dug up and made famous by the press. This […]

Complexity, collapse and Catholicism

posted by Rod Dreher

In a post about the future of media business models, Clay Shirky offers the following rumination on an archaeological book by Joseph Tainter, “The Collapse of Complex Societies.” He says Tainter’s thesis is that complex societies of the past collapsed […]

Good Friday & the cross of cancer

posted by Rod Dreher

The other night I was lying awake in bed, tossing and turning, thinking about my sister Ruthie. What, I wondered, is my most meaningful memory of her, the one that I would tell a stranger who wanted to know what […]

Interview with ‘Scarface’ viral director

posted by Rod Dreher

You could have knocked me over with a feather from Arianna Huffington’s pink boa when I opened the following e-mail the other day: Hey Rod, I saw you posted my viral film on your blog. I know you disapprove, but […]

Fun with Johnny the Happy Cancer Elf

posted by Rod Dreher

A few years ago, James Lileks had snarky fun with a series of Philip Morris cartoons from back in the day, pushing smoking. Look at this example: Read the rest of the insane series, in which people recall important cigarette […]

Your age = your views on market, morals

posted by Rod Dreher

…because, says this surprisingly detailed analysis from the dating site (!) OkCupid, people swing wildly in their economic and social views depending on age. Excerpt: » Both socially and economically, teenagers prefer an anything-goes type situation. » But as these […]

Food politics in France and America

posted by Rod Dreher

Adam Gopnik, writing in The New Yorker: In America and England, you are what you think about eating. Tell me where you stand on Michelle Obama’s organic White House garden and (with the exception of a handful of “Crunchy Cons” […]

How to admit that you were wrong

posted by Rod Dreher

A reader forwards this LA Times column by Tim Rutten, who wonders what prominent American Catholics who had publicly defended the Legionaries of Christ founder Marcial Maciel from abuse charges will do now that the late Maciel has been revealed […]

Triduum in a cave

posted by Rod Dreher

Today, for many Christians, begins the Triduum, the holiest period of the Christian year. Awful night last night — anxiety dreams about my sister and her cancer. Images of me walking on broken glass with bare feet, trying to get […]

Orwell, Havel and the power of truth-telling

posted by Rod Dreher

Two days ago, a car in front of me featured a bumper sticker with the following quote: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell. Other stickers on that car’s bumper included […]

Tactless Erykah Badu gets naked at JFK death site

posted by Rod Dreher

Well, this is probably the most interesting thing to happen at Dealey Plaza since 1963: in her new video (see it here — thanks to the magic of pixilation, it’s safe for work), singer Erykah Badu takes all her clothes […]

Against politicizing love and relationships

posted by Rod Dreher

Ricky Martin’s self-outing has Megan McArdle thinking: Why do we think that our love lives are such a central part of our existence that we cannot be perfectly whole unless we’ve shared the major details with the world? I’m not […]

The agony of lung cancer

posted by Rod Dreher

I spoke with my mother this morning on the way to work, and she was telling me in detail how much my sister Ruthie is suffering from the heavy chemotherapy she’s on to fight her lung cancer. It’s absolutely heartbreaking […]

Stewart Brand: Underpopulation hurts the environment

posted by Rod Dreher

A Chicago area reader passes along a Boston Globe Ideas section Q&A in which Stewart Brand, pioneering environmentalist and author of “The Whole Earth Catalog,” sounds the alarm about the dangers of underpopulation. Excerpt: IDEAS: So as people start to […]

A foodie paradox: It’s expensive to eat poor

posted by Rod Dreher

Lovely story from today’s NYT food section about Darina Allen, an Irish woman who has worked hard to bring back traditional Irish cooking. Excerpt: “Using elements of native cuisine in a white-tablecloth setting was totally new in Ireland at the […]

The healing power of beauty

posted by Rod Dreher

From reader Michael Wenberg in Walla Walla: So much bad news lately, but wanted to share something quite beautiful that happened over the weekend. I’m CEO of a small town symphony orchestra that has been around since 1907 (I also […]

Previous Posts

Another blog to enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Rod Dreher. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Most Recent Scientology Story on Beliefnet! Happy Reading!!!

posted 3:25:02pm Aug. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Mommy explains her plastic surgery
In Dallas (naturally), a parenting magazine discusses how easy it is for mommies who don't like their post-child bodies to get surgery -- and to have it financed! -- to reverse the effects of time and childbirth. Don't like what nursing has done to your na-nas? Doc has just the solution: Doctors say

posted 10:00:56pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

Why I became Orthodox
Wrapping up my four Beliefnet years, I was thinking about the posts that attracted the most attention and comment in that time. Without a doubt the most popular (in terms of attracting attention, not all of it admiring, to be sure) was the October 12, 2006, entry in which I revealed and explained wh

posted 9:46:58pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

Modern Calvinists
Wow, they don't make Presbyterians like they used to!

posted 8:47:01pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

'Rape by deception'? Huh?
The BBC this morning reported on a bizarre case in Israel of an Arab man convicted of "rape by deception," because he'd led the Jewish woman with whom he'd had consensual sex to believe he was Jewish. Ha'aretz has the story here. Plainly it's a racist verdict, and a bizarre one -- but there's more t

posted 7:51:28pm Jul. 21, 2010 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.