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Mommy explains her plastic surgery

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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 […]

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Smart enough to work for Google?

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Here are 15 questions Google asks potential employees. Can you answer them? They broke my dang head.

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Here’s your chance to say goodbye

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By week’s end at the most, I’ll be saying goodbye to Beliefnet and moving this blog over to Big Questions Online. When I make the announcement, I’ll close all comments threads, because I won’t be able to monitor them anymore. […]

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What should I do with this computer kid?

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My 10-year-old son Matthew has had an Apple laptop for a couple of years; he’s been taking online classes for that long, and needs it for his schoolwork. Unsurprisingly, he’s become devoted to the thing, and talks about Steve Jobs […]

More good Ruthie news

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I’m so happy to share with you who have been praying for and thinking about my sister Ruthie and her fight against Stage 4 cancer some good news. She had a wound on her chest from where doctors had to […]

Kenneth Feinberg: BP’s man?

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Said Kenneth Feinberg, appointed a short while ago by President Obama to oversee the $20 billion BP compensation fund: Pledging his independence from the federal government and BP, Feinberg said he plans to establish a centralized claim center, beef up […]

Clampetts: Shills for cigarettes

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Last night I got caught up in watching old cigarette ads on YouTube. It’s like going into some Bizarro universe. Did you know there’s an entire series of Winston ads starring the Beverly Hillbillies? I swear, these are the weirdest […]

One of my earliest TV memories

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I was three and a half years old when this aired. I loved the little puppet lady with the red hair … and I couldn’t figure out why a man was named “Gale”.UPDATE: While I’m on the old-school TV subject, […]

Billy West does amazing voices

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Yesterday I was driving around and caught a Fresh Air interview with voice actor Billy West. I don’t know his work on “Futurama,” and almost turned the interview off before listening to it. Boy, that would have been a mistake. […]

Losing your bookshelf

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Via Alan Jacobs, this Nathan Schneider essay laments a certain loss as we move to digital books. Excerpt: What concerns me about the literary apocalypse that everybody now expects–the at least partial elimination of paper books in favor of digital […]

The Rod Dreher blog marathon

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An announcement below the jump about the future of this blog, in the very short term, and beyond:

As ever, vive la France (and pass the wine)

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It’s Bastille Day. You know the drill:I’m in a pickle: a Francophile who thinks that despite the corruption of the ancien regime, that the Revolution of 1789 was a disaster. Still, I don’t sing the revolutionary anthem because I support […]

George Steinbrenner, dead

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When I was a kid in the 1970s, I followed professional baseball. George Steinbrenner was the personification of baseball evil to me: rich, arrogant as hell, and from New York. I lost interest in baseball as a teenager, and with […]

World Cup final: Spain 1, Holland 0

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OCTOPUS STEWED IN WINE AND TOMATOES Ingredients: •1 lb octopus, either small or large •4 T. olive oil •4 cloves finely chopped garlic •1 cup crushed tomatoes or peeled, chopped fresh tomatoes •1 cup white wine •2 T. honey or […]

Jambalaya for Oranje!

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I’ve been cooking. I’m sorry, Dutch people, I could have made stamppot, or found some herring, or boiled some potatoes, or made pannekoeken … but somehow, none of that says voetbal to my South Louisiana palate. So, I say to […]

Down with Paul the Psychic Oranje-hating Octopus!

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Paul the Octopus, who lives in a German aquarium, has correctly predicted the winners of Germany’s last seven World Cup matches, including yesterday’s third-place victory over Uruguay. He has selected Spain to beat the Netherlands today in the World Cup […]

The myth of the downtown boom

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How many stories have you read in the past few years about people moving back into downtowns, leaving suburbs and exurbs to wither on the vine? Joel Kotkin says it ain’t true. Excerpt: Housing prices in and around the nation’s […]

How old are we? Ask Hall & Oates

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… that, as Bruce Sterling points out, we are closer to the year 2050 than we are to Woodstock. Fine with me; the further we get away from that cultural debacle, the better. But still. Today I was in a […]

Wanna smell like a declining celebrity?

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Uh, I don’t think so: This might have made sense — might have — during the “Die Hard” heyday. But that was 20 years ago! Quick, name one Bruce Willis movie from the last 10 years. OK, yes, but nobody […]

What was it like to find Spalding Gray’s corpse?

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Dude tells Esquire after having received permission: I got in touch with his wife, and I mentioned that I’d never try to exploit my discovery. She said, “No, please, do whatever you like. You don’t have to be tasteful. This […]

Hup, Holland, hup! All the way to the final!

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Netherlands beats Uruguay to go to the World Cup final on Sunday! Everybody sing the Dutch fight song:I love that song. It’s so very Dutch. It’s cheerful in an oom-pah-pah way, and the odd lyrics basically say not “let’s slaughter […]

We the people? You can have ‘em, sez me

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We went last night down to Penn’s Landing, on the Delaware River waterfront, to attend the Ice Cream Festival, and to watch the fireworks. The fireworks display was fantastic, one of the best I’ve ever seen. But it’s the last […]

In praise of small houses

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As readers of my book “Crunchy Cons” know, I’m a big fan of small houses. Architectural historian Jayne Merkel thinks we Age of Austerity folks have a lot to re-learn about the virtues of small houses. Excerpt: In an era […]

Netherlands beats Brazil! Hoera!

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2-1 — final score! What a day for Oranje! They’ve eliminated the mighty Brazil! Oh, to be in Amsterdam at this moment. Ring the bell! Beers all around! All together now: “Wilhelmus van Nassouwe…”

Behind the obituary, a face and a life

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My friend Richard Kent, a Detroit lawyer, is mourning the death of his mother. In an entry on his blog, he writes, of her obituary: It is short. Simple. And will take up less than 3 column inches in the […]

Go Oranje! Beat Brazil! Stroopwaffel power!

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Captured on film: Local Philadelphia nitwit has blinding vision, sees Dutch victory over Brazilians in Friday’s World Cup match! Look, there’s stroopwaffels in this hooligan’s eyes! Gerard Kamphuisen, the legendary inventor of the stroopwaffel, is one of the greatest human […]

Boris & Natasha at Costco

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This Russian Spies in the Suburbs story is highly amusing, and makes the Russians look not evil, but stupid. What were these undercover agents supposed to be doing? Divining the secrets of Starbucks, IKEA and Trader Joe’s? Tracking down Moose […]

The incredible story of Quanah Parker

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I listened over the weekend to a Fresh Air podcast interview with S.C. “Sam” Gwynne, a talented Texas writer who has just published a book that I’ve got to find time to read: “Empire of the Summer Moon.” (The New […]

Wendell Berry: The Country of Marriage

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The Country of Marriage I. I dream of you walking at night along the streams of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs of birds opening around you as you walk. You are holding in your body […]

Weigel and the cruelty of violating privacy

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We’ve been arguing in a thread below about the morality of a Minnesota gay reporter infilitrating a support group for gay Catholics and other gay Christians seeking help living chastely, and outing a closeted Lutheran pastor who attended the group. […]

World’s most geektastic wedding cake!

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Just got back from the wedding of Sarah “Daughter of TMatt” Mattingly and Jeremy Wagner, at Sarah’s home parish, Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, in suburban Baltimore. If you had any doubt that these great kids were meant for each […]

Why is European pop music so awful?

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Anthony Lane has a witty and terrific essay about the Eurovision Song Contest in the current issue of The New Yorker. Sadly, it’s not available online, except to subscribers. The poor man actually traveled to Oslo to cover this year’s […]

John Robb doesn’t like your future

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It’s been days since a gloomy, doomy post from me, so I’ve got to make up for it by going a little nutsy referencing stuff from warfare theorist John Robb’s blog, Global Guerrillas. For starters, here’s an interview Robb did […]

Breaking: Obama kicks McChrystal’s butt

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Just reported — I’ll put a link up as soon as one is available. Share your opinion. Me, I think it was the right thing to have done. No Commander-in-Chief, either Democratic or Republican, can afford to be disrespected publicly […]

All in the family

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Last night, on our final night in Louisiana, I came into our bedroom to find Nora lying in her little mattress on the floor, staring at the ceiling, scowling — this, a half-hour after we’d put her to bed. “What’s […]

Louisiana summer notebook

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Well, this is our last full day here in Starhill. We’ve had a marvelous time. Ruthie has been strong enough to spend time with my kids, and they’ve all had a great time playing with their cousins. It’s hot as […]

Remembering the great Tom Kelly

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I have just learned that my friend the Washington journalist Tom Kelly has died at age 86. What a wonderful man he was. He lived around the corner from me on Capitol Hill when I was there in the early […]

Thomas Kinkade defaces Billy Graham wall

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And the Grahams — no Renaissance popes when it comes to taste in sacred art — are mighty proud of it, showcasing the Kinkade mural “The Cross” as a highlight of your visit to the Billy Graham Library. Take a […]

The loneliness of genius

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I’m doing a lot of editing work today down here in Louisiana on a report the Templeton Foundation will soon release, having to do with its general funding priorities. I was reading last night about all the things JTF funds […]

Stephen King’s terrific book on writing

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of “On Writing,” the terrific book about prosecraft by Stephen King. I hadn’t read the book since it came out, but for some reason pulled it off my shelf before I set off for […]

Greetings from Louisiana, tomato paradise

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Good Community Coffee morning from the Great State. We’re down here for the next week, en famille visiting the famille. We were here for 10 minutes yesterday before Matthew and Nora got stung by wasps. Whee! Happily, that crisis passed, […]

Portrait of the Geek as a Young Artist

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While my two little kids danced around the living room to the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” earlier this afternoon, Matthew retreated to his room, then came out with this pie chart:

A lost little boy gets his throat cut

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I spoke with my mother by phone this morning, as I always do, and she was shaken over the latest news: the murder of an eight-year-old boy, allegedly by a 16-year-old boy, just up the road from where they live. […]

Brits angry over anti-BP rage? Give me a break!

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So the British, including leading politicians, are steamed at American anger at BP, seeing in it anti-British prejudice. Huh? I don’t see this. They’re cheesed off that Obama has referred to “British Petroleum,” pointing out that the company changed its […]

When BP spills coffee

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Great comedy sent to me by a Louisiana friend. N.B.: F-bomb dropped at the 2:34 mark:

Name my new blog

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OK, I know I’m asking for trouble, but here goes. As you may know, this blog is moving to the new Big Questions Online site that I’m editing once we launch later this summer. I need to come up with […]

Birkenstocks, finally hip

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I guess if you wait long enough, everything will become fashionable. Twelve years after I started wearing them, Birkenstocks have become hip, or so says the NYTimes. This anecdote from their story will sound familiar to people who read my […]

Viva the Turtleman of Kentucky!

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You don’t see too many people like this on my street:I’m probably related to him, though. Hope so.H/T: The Turtleman of Munger Place.

Why I’m angrier at the government than at BP

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Take a look at this long report from the NYTimes, summed up in this graf: New government and BP documents, interviews with experts and testimony by witnesses provide the clearest indication to date that a hodgepodge of oversight agencies granted […]

Collapsitarians get ready for the Big One

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In today’s NYT, John Leland reports on people who believe Very Bad Times are coming soon, and who are preparing. Excerpt: Mrs. Wilkerson has now read two dozen books about peak oil and related topics. For a while, she became […]

Goodbye little house in Dallas

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I would be lying if I told you that I wasn’t unfathomably relieved when the word came late today that our house in Dallas had finally and irrevocably been sold to its new owners. We’ve been paying that mortgage for […]

Why are book reviews dead or dying?

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According to John Palattella, writing in The Nation, anti-intellectualism at American newspapers has a lot to do with it. Excerpt: It’s necessary to explain these broad economic trends to understand a crucial and overlooked point–namely, that it is disingenuous for […]

crunchy con your car

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Go here to buy a “crunchy con” bumper sticker. Cheap! Special deal for you!

World’s best Gary Coleman remembrance!

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I kid you not. Watch and see for yourself. “He’s gonna be God’s right-hand man now. There’s no reason to be upset. He’s gonna be up there doin’ God’s work. … I’m telling you right now, it’s gonna be OK. […]

I done TOLD you it would come to this!

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Didn’t I? Didn’t I? Well, I almost called it here. Read all about it in Lives of the Saints. This below, though, now that’s art I can live with, podna!

Should you stay? Should you go?

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Long, engaging post from Sharon Astyk laying out conditions under which people should abandon the idea of adapting to coming hard times in place, and should move. If you believe that oil will always be plentiful and cheap, and that […]

Postcard from oil spill Ground Zero

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From a connected friend in New Orleans: 1. Over a week ago a petroleum-engineer-friend told me that “top kill” was doomed to failure because the engineering didn’t even work on paper – no way to deliver enough pressure through the […]

Hot threads you might have missed

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We had an unusual number of well-trafficked threads here over the long holiday weekend. In case you missed the more popular ones: How seminary ruins one’s faith Pastors who don’t believe in God Lady Gaga & the ‘spiritual, not religious’ […]

Sharon Astyk’s American life at 9

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Today marks nine years since Sharon Astyk and her family moved out to their farm. Mazel tov! Here are her deeply moving thoughts on the anniversary. Excerpt: Both Eric and I, the children of divorce and mobile childhoods, have now […]

Oil spill: Summer of the Sinkhole

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So says David Brooks, in a smart observation: The plume taps into a series of deep anxieties. First, it taps into the anxiety that the people running our major institutions are just not that competent. Second, it feeds into the […]

Ah, the City of Brotherly Love

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Photographed by my wife while motoring through the streets of Philadelphia. I can only imagine what the owner of the small business fronting this sign must have gone through before he lost his cool:

Julie’s real community garden

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Julie woke up at six this morning and drove over to the community garden where she’s taken over the plot rented by friends of ours who are too busy to garden there this summer full time. She’s helping out. Besides, […]

‘It’s BP’s oil': How BP captured government

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Read this report. Excerpt: The blockade to Elmer’s [Island] is now four cop cars strong. As we pull up, deputies start bawling us out; all media need to go to the Grand Isle community center, where a “BP Information Center” […]

The never-ending allergy season

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Guess what? It’s still allergy season for me. Last week things seemed to be improving, but I woke up this morning hit hard with the stuff. When I’m like that, it’s hard to get out of bed, so I kept […]

Willie Nelson’s apocalyptic haircut

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Holy Hank Hill, this abomination of desolation must have been predicted in Revelation: Mamas, don’t let your cowboys grow up to get girlish bobs. UPDATE: Joe Carter, in the comments thread: Th at is the first time I’ve seen a […]

Culture breaks apart; is that so bad?

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Megan McArdle says there is no such thing as mass culture anymore, and she’s right. She notes that the final episode of “Lost” drew what is today considered a large viewership — over 13 million — but that compared to […]

Dial 0888 888 888 for murder

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Why can’t you get that phone number for yourself? Because it’s cursed, I tell you, cursed!

War between the Koreas?

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This situation is going from bad to worse, fast: Kim Jong-il has reportedly ordered a mobilization of his armed forces. China is the only nation that can stop the crazed dictator from his brinksmanship. How do you deal rationally with […]

La corruption de la jeunesse

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Why you should not send your 17-year-old daughter to stay with her old Francophile Working Boy uncle: (Reste tranquille, Ruthie — the photo is staged! Still, we’re having a great time — listening to Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, dancing, […]

Hannah in the city

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As mentioned earlier, we have our niece Hannah staying with us this week, up visiting from Louisiana. She’s my sister Ruthie’s 17-year-old daughter, and this is her first visit to Philadelphia. As I write this on Saturday morning, she and […]

New Orleans: ‘Let BP eat cake’

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A New Orleans friend sent me this photo of a cake in the pastry case at Breaux Mart on Magazine Street. He says, “Love this town!” Hell, who wouldn’t?

In ‘Exile’ with the glorious Rolling Stones

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The other morning I got in my car for the drive to work and heard coming out of the radio the voice of Keith Richards, talking about the 40th anniversary re-release of “Exile on Main Street,” probably the greatest Stones […]

Rolling in my Swagger Wagon

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MC Matt Fum Frisco passes along this hilarious video. Genius. Totally SFW, but if you’re a parent of small children, make sure you don’t have any coffee in your mouth, because it’s going to go all over the keyboard. I’m […]

So the US Coast Guard works for BP now?

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You’ve got to watch this short clip from the CBS Evening News, in which Coast Guard personnel order a film crew away from a piece of oil-soaked Louisiana coastland on orders from British Petroleum, whose contractors were on the boat […]

‘Acting White:’ Stuart Buck interview (end)

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The third and final part of my interview with Stuart Buck, author of “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation” (Yale University Press). Part One is here, and Part Two is here. In Dallas, where you and I both once […]

What if the world’s not going to end?

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I was e-mailing with Alan Jacobs the other day about “books for the ages,” a blog entry he wrote in which he noted that certain books were influential to him at certain times in his life, because he was receptive […]

“Acting White”: Stuart Buck interview (Part Two)

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[Part One of this interview can be seen here.] A continuation of my interview with Stuart Buck, author of “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation” (Yale University Press): It is an article of faith among many well-meaning liberals that […]

‘Acting White': Stuart Buck interview

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One of the most remarkable books I’ve read in ages is “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation” (Yale University Press). Its author is Stuart Buck, a Harvard-educated lawyer who is now working on his Ph.D. in education. Stuart is […]

SCOTUS: State can imprison pervs indefinitely

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The Supreme Court has ruled 7-2 that the federal government has the right to imprison sex criminals even after they have completed their sentences if the government determines they continue to pose a danger to the public. Dissenters were Justices […]

Chronic fatigue and allergies

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So, I was home from church a second Sunday in a row because of these damned seasonal allergies. I spent much of yesterday, a beautiful Saturday, on the couch, exhausted. I fought off a sinus infection last week that came […]

Hello, Baby iPad app vs. abortion

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A great new app from Pampers. I predict a direct correlation between the spread of this app and a decline in abortion rates:

Best parenting website ever!

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Sh*t My Kids Ruined — a website you can contribute to. Like this poor fellow whose white shirt suffered the effects of a Mustard Diaper Blowout: UPDATE: For the sake of sensitivos who have complained of distress at the sight […]

Against catastrophism, against nostalgia

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My friend John Podhoretz, indulging my taste for catastrophe porn, pointed me to this 60 Minutes bit about how the Bay Area is expecting a major earthquake real soon, and making preparations. A choice passage to stiffen a castrophist’s giblet: […]

Seasonal allergies: Just kill me now

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I have really enjoyed settling in to the mid-Atlantic this year, and even loved the massive snowstorms we got here in Philly. But this past week has been well and truly miserable. Last Sunday, I woke up with a headache, […]

John Robb and building resilient communities

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I haven’t looked in on military theorist John Robb’s blog in ages. I should do that more often. He’s feeling pretty gloomy about the immediate future. He lists several major economic sources of instability, and concludes: Unfortunately, all of this […]

Things the world should toss out

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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!

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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 […]

Rhett and Link’s small-town commercials

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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 […]

Eerily prophetic BP oil spill painting

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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.

Gordon & Gillian: A Love Story

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

Tai chi so far

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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 […]

Give alms to a tax deadbeat: Restore Stephen Baldwin

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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

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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 […]

In a flash, a broken neck, a broken life

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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 […]

Brian Kownacki, Baseball God!

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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 […]

Which Archie Comics character is gay?

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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 […]

Gray Powell, world’s unluckiest employee

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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), […]

I contain multitudes. Even redneck wino ones.

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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

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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 […]

Culture and our relationship with nature

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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. […]

What if airplanes ceased to exist?

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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 […]

The garden of memory

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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 […]

Desperate housewife cleaning method

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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

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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 […]

Annals of Really Bad Ideas

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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 […]

Dale Hansen, mad prophet of the airwaves!

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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 […]

Hooray for mediocrity!

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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 […]

Impermanence post, now with pictures

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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) […]

Roger Staubach is old. Real old.

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‘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!

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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 […]

Ruthie’s wonderful life

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“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!

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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 […]

Schooling and common culture

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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 […]

I, Codger, iCodger

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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

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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 […]

Paddington Bear complicates my life

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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 […]

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 […]

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.

Good Friday & the cross of cancer

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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 […]

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 […]

The healing power of beauty

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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 […]

Leming-Aid on April 10

posted by Rod Dreher

That’s what organizers of the fundraising concert for my sister Ruthie Dreher Leming are calling the event — and Leming-Aid now has a Facebook page. Several of you have kindly asked how you can donate money. Really, my family is […]

Saturday afternoon Big Eighties balm

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Show me show show me how you do that trick, the one that makes me scream, she said…Cooking this afternoon in the kitchen, listening to music from the Eighties, and seized by unexpected delight.Out of all those kinds of people, […]

Get ready for Ruthie Leming Day

posted by Rod Dreher

Regular readers know that my sister Ruthie Leming is battling stage four lung cancer, and that St. Francisville, our Louisiana hometown, has been rallying strongly to her side, and to the side of her family. Well, on Saturday April 10, […]

10 Books that most influenced my worldview

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Ross Douthat tries his hand at Tyler Cowen’s blogosphere exercise (naming 10 books that most influenced your worldview). Ross mentions the works of G.K. Chesterton on his list, which reminded me that Chesterton is one of those writers I really, […]

Posh Tory names in the news

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From a NYT story about how the Tories are having trouble relating to the common man: Many old-time Tories are leaving Parliament this year, including the unrepentantly first-class-loving Sir Nicholas. But there are more waiting in the wings. Last year, […]

Cancer never sleeps

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Today at Georgetown, a perfect stranger came up to me and told me he offered his rosary every day for my sister Ruthie, and prays too that God will give him the grace to offer the same kind of witness […]

This suburban century

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Joel Kotkin says the 21st century will continue to be a suburban one for America, but that we’ll see a different kind of suburb. Excerpt: Over the next few decades, however, suburban communities will evolve beyond the conventional 1950s-style “production […]

Deneen does Dallas

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He ain’t quite the famous Debbie, but I’d sure pay cash money to go hear Prof. Patrick Deneen speak on Saturday at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. Ah, but the speech will be free and open to the public, as […]

Ruthie Leming: “Look at all I have!”

posted by Rod Dreher

Spoke last night to my sister Ruthie Leming, who, as most of you know, is battling stage four lung cancer. As ever, she is a marvel to me. I was just telling a colleague in the hallway here at work […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, you faker

posted by Rod Dreher

Matthew Schmitz, who’s half-Irish, has a bone to pick with St. Patrick’s Day: Many white Americans really are Irish, of course, but the reason so many white people of all ethnic backgrounds celebrate this one ethnic holiday rather than, say, […]

Ophelia’s sassy gay friend

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A counterfactual:

The troll in the closet

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An old friend and fellow Louisiana expat passes this story along to me this morning: My aunt has a social worker friend. This friend was checking on one of her clients who is developmentally disabled and lives by himself. While […]

Run! It’s Zombie James Brown!

posted by Rod Dreher

Daughter says James Brown’s body is missing from its crypt! Oh dear, oh dear. Do not, repeat, do not stay on the scene.

The real Snafu from “The Pacific”

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One thing I regret about not having cable TV is that I don’t get to see programs like HBO’s “The Pacific,” which debuts on Sunday. It’s a World War II Marine Corps series based in part on E.B. Sledge’s classic […]

The architecture of nihilism

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I’d said in the Ugly Churches post that calling a particular church “regrettable” isn’t meant as a judgment on the religion itself or the parishioners who worship there, but only on the architecture itself. But it’s true that architecture, especially […]

Ugly churches of our time

posted by Rod Dreher

An image of this monstrous French church, L’Eglise Ste-Bernadette du Banlay, assaulted me as I read the NYT Arts section today. Reviewing architect Claude Parent’s work, the Times critic says: Mr. Parent’s building — massive concrete walls with rounded corners […]

Healing, hope and the Cross

posted by Rod Dreher

Today is the Sunday of the Cross for Orthodox Christians, the Sunday of Lent in which we are supposed to consider the full gravity of what it meant when Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny […]

Obsolete occupations

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NPR has a nice photo essay documenting occupations that are now obsolete (e.g., typist, lamplighter, copy boy). Anybody care to speculate about the occupations in our day that will likely be obsolete fifty years from now? It’s a tricky thing […]

Rosaries for Ruthie

posted by Rod Dreher

Well, how about this: our old friend Erin Manning is organizing a campaign to pray the rosary for my cancer-stricken sister Ruthie Leming during Lent. (More about Ruthie’s situation and the amazing way she’s handling it at this link.) So […]

What’s your biggest mesofact?

posted by Rod Dreher

Samuel Arbesman writes: When people think of knowledge, they generally think of two sorts of facts: facts that don’t change, like the height of Mount Everest or the capital of the United States, and facts that fluctuate constantly, like the […]

The glorious Sandpit

posted by Rod Dreher

Wow. A day in the life of New York City, filmed in a way that makes it look like a toybox. The Sandpit from Sam O'Hare on Vimeo.

Joy in the strange land of cancer

posted by Rod Dreher

Over the weekend, I was praying the Psalms, and a line in Psalm 136 — the well-known lament of the Jewish exiles held captive “by the waters of Babylon” — made me pause in my prayers: How shall we sing […]

Don’t mess with old Texas men

posted by Rod Dreher

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. […]

So I cracked my enameled cast iron

posted by Rod Dreher

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 […]

Chile’s monster earthquake

posted by Rod Dreher

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 […]

“Oh no, look at that blister!”

posted by Rod Dreher

So said Nora, my three-year-old, gazing out the window shortly after she woke up this morning. She meant, of course, blizzard. I’ve never seen a snowstorm like this. Man, that wind! Idiot Roscoe loves loves loves the snow, and is […]

Snowbound with children

posted by Rod Dreher

“If Darth Vader got into a fight with Caillou, who would win?” These and other pertinent questions being pondered here at our place on this snow day. Blizzard bearing down on us — the third major snowstorm this year, and […]

Love and “suffering with”

posted by Rod Dreher

In common parlance, the word compassion is taken to mean exceptional niceness, or an emotional state of unusual sympathy. That’s true, I suppose, but it shortchanges the real meaning of the word. Compassion comes from the Latin roots meaning, “to […]

Grace under pressure

posted by Rod Dreher

Look at that portrait of my sister Ruthie and her husband Mike, taken in the hospital the other day. Would you imagine that they were dealing with a Stage Four cancer diagnosis? Look at the light in their faces. That’s […]

A brand new day

posted by Rod Dreher

Today is a new day. Yesterday is done. Tomorrow is not promised to us. On this day, you can be reconciled to your brothers and sisters, your children, your parents, your neighbors, indeed even to your enemies. On this day, […]

The gift of forgiveness and healing

posted by Rod Dreher

:Today a Louisiana cousin from whom I’ve been estranged for 10 years and I exchanged mutual forgiveness, and repaired that broken bond, because of Ruthie’s inspiration. My cousin, who loves Ruthie too, and who has been helping her around her […]

The magnificent grace of Roger Ebert

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The very moment I got the phone call from Louisiana with the awful news of my sister’s cancer, I was preparing a post about this fantastic Esquire article on Roger Ebert’s fight with cancer. I dropped everything I was doing […]

Freda Rosenfeld, the Breast Whisperer

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Imagine our surprise to see a big NYT feature on the amazing Freda Rosenfeld, the Brooklyn woman who taught our Matthew how to nurse. Excerpt: About 74 percent of American mothers tried breast-feeding their newborns in 2006, according to the […]

Look what Ruthie did

posted by Rod Dreher

Or rather, what God did through her. From the comboxes this morning: Dear Ruthie and Mr Mike, I was your nurse for only 12 hours. I had six other patients that night, but you were the only one who smiled […]

The faces of my family

posted by Rod Dreher

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for making my niece Claire his Face of the Day today, and for linking to all my posts about my sister and her cancer. I wrote to Andrew from the airport yesterday and told him what […]

This bright sadness

posted by Rod Dreher

“Well,” said my sister to me this morning, “I was diagnosed on Tuesday, and the next day was Ash Wednesday. I guess this is my Lent.” The people of the Church used to think of Lent as a journey of […]

Mama

posted by Rod Dreher

That’s a photo of my sister Ruthie Leming and her daughter Claire in the hospital this morning, shortly after we brought the girls in to see their mother. I think the look on Claire’s face upon being reunited with her […]

Our beautiful, horrible cancer day

posted by Rod Dreher

Back home in the country from a long day at the hospital. The word from the oncologist was pretty grim. Ruthie is in Stage Four. They rushed Ruthie into radiation therapy at once after he read her latest MRI results. […]

Hospital in Baton Rouge

posted by Rod Dreher

How do you know you’re at a hospital in south Louisiana? At the coffee shop, during Carnival season they sell king cake by the slice. I got a kick out of that today, and was pleased and comforted to see […]

My sister has cancer

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m writing from Louisiana tonight to clarify my earlier, cryptic post. I rushed down here today from Philadelphia because now we know why my sister Ruthie has been so sick: surgeons this morning found a large, aggressive malignant tumor encompassing […]

A grueling Lent ahead

posted by Rod Dreher

Folks, my presence on this blog will be light in the days to come. I’ve just received terrible news of a critical family medical emergency, and will be getting on a plane for Louisiana this afternoon. I’m not at liberty […]

Walker Percy movie

posted by Rod Dreher

A new trailer for the upcoming Walker Percy documentary:More info here. Hurry up, Win, and finish the movie! Dying to see it…

Warning: Don’t move to Texas!

posted by Rod Dreher

Today is my 43rd birthday, and also the day my Texas drivers license, acquired in 2003 right after I moved to Dallas, expires. On Friday, I went to a DMV location here in Philly and got a PA license. I […]

About those piercings, young people

posted by Rod Dreher

This morning I was in line getting my Pennsylvania driver’s license, and noticed a teenager in front of me getting his learner’s permit. He had a small ring in each earlobe — not pierced in the conventional way, but rather […]

Snowpocalypse without a TV

posted by Rod Dreher

We didn’t get cable TV when we moved to Philly. Julie figured that because we only used it in Dallas for news, PBS Kids and the occasional Nickelodeon show, it was a waste of money to get it here. She’s […]

Diplomacy on a snow day

posted by Rod Dreher

We have a snow day off today. How am I spending it? Doing a good deed: teaching my oldest son how to play Diplomacy. I played it a lot in boarding school, and totally loved it, but haven’t been able […]

Want to work with me at Templeton?

posted by Rod Dreher

We need someone who wants to be the web manager for the John Templeton Foundation, a job that will entail working closely with me in running the online magazine we’re going to launch later this year. Here are the details […]

Will a superblack name hurt your child’s prospects?

posted by Rod Dreher

According to the Freakonomics guys, black babies with “superblack” names (Roshanda, Darnell, etc.) don’t do as well economically as black babies with “whiter” names – but it’s not because of the name itself. This is why, they say: What kind […]

The joy of victory: a New Orleans postcard

posted by Rod Dreher

I don’t care what you’re doing, stop right now and watch this video postcard from New Orleans last night, passed along by a fellow Louisiana expat. Imagine the joy of these people, who have been down for so long, but […]

Tracy Porter knocks off Peyton Manning, Brett Favre

posted by Rod Dreher

This was the play of the game last night:Didn’t it remind you of this?:The Saints’ Tracy Porter was the hero who made both interceptions.

Oh no! Not AGAIN?! Aaaaugh!

posted by Rod Dreher

So I take the dog out for his morning constitutional, only to find that we can’t safely cross the parking lot in front of our apartment. It’s on a hillside and has patches of black ice all over it; I […]

The Who: Embarrassing geezer spectacle

posted by Rod Dreher

I was watching the Super Bowl with some co-generationalists, all of whom were eagerly awaiting The Who’s halftime show. In the end, we all thought it was hugely embarrassing for Townshend and Daltrey. Wheezing your way through a greatest-hits medley? […]

WHO DAT?! Hell freezes over; God loves NOLA

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Child, child, I am just back from a Super Bowl party, and I cannot believe I’m typing the words: The New Orleans Saints are the champions of the world! I mean, damn! My dad phoned to say: “You tell those […]

HELLSTORM 2010 open thread!

posted by Rod Dreher

I am willing to open this forum up for liveblogging Snowmageddon. The first sprinkling of the white stuff has just begun to fall here in Philadelphia. It’s soft and beautiful — but that’s clearly what this Mephistophelian precipitation wants us […]

First they came for my terrycloth bathrobe…

posted by Rod Dreher

Boing Boing brings us news that the heartless communiss cretins running the Shanghai outpost of the police state are going after fashion-forward citizens who wear pajamas in public. An iron curtain descends! Meanwhile, in a blow for sartorial liberty, I […]

How to do a generic TV news report

posted by Rod Dreher

Genius parody — but be warned, there’s one brief f-bomb, so it may be NSFW:

‘Avatar': Kelo in space

posted by Rod Dreher

Libertarian demi-god David Boaz says yeah, yeah, ‘Avatar’ is a melange of leftist cliches, but the Right is ignoring a powerful conservative theme in the film. Excerpt: Conservatives rallied to the defense of Susette Kelo when the Pfizer Corp. and […]

A Zombietopia of one’s own

posted by Rod Dreher

Sharon Astyk contemplates what her own “Zombietopia” — that is, her idealized apocalypse — would look like. I especially like these features: 10. My children will recognize that this is a heroic and important moment, and rise nobly to the […]

A note about comments policy

posted by Rod Dreher

It might be good to restate the comments policy of this blog, even though I should say how grateful I am that I’ve had to do far, far less unpublishing of comments since I started the new, non-political, non-culture-war blog. […]

Saints to the Super Bowl! Jesus coming back soon!

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I never, ever thought I would live to see the day that the New Orleans Saints would make it to the Super Bowl. But now it’s for true! What an incredible game that was — and let me say that […]

Anthropological field notes from Pennsylvania

posted by Rod Dreher

When we knew we were moving back to the Northeastern part of the U.S., we anticipated some culture shock. True, we spent the first five years of our marriage in New York City, and we loved it, but it took […]

Hello Philadelphia!

posted by Rod Dreher

Well, we made it to our new place. I’m not going to tell you what part of Philadelphia we’re living in, because I had trouble in Dallas with a reader harrassing me and my family in a pretty sick way, […]

Campaign finance ruling — good or bad?

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m divided over the Supreme Court’s ruling the other day striking down campaign finance laws restricting corporate contributions to political campaigns. On the one hand, McCain-Feingold not only seems like exactly what its opponents say it is — an onerous […]

A soldier’s perspective on life

posted by Rod Dreher

I had expected to write you tonight from our apartment in Philadelphia, but it took so long to get the mechanical stuff resolved with Julie’s car today (busted air compressor, not vital to repair today) that we got a late […]

Postcard from Knoxville

posted by Rod Dreher

Good morning, a greeting I offer you without much confidence. Why? Because I’m sitting in the customer lounge at a Ford dealership, waiting on Julie’s minivan diagnosis (“Sir, we’re going to need to charge you $89 for the diagnosis. We’ll […]

Goodbye little house

posted by Rod Dreher

Today was the day that we moved. This explains the blog silence; I was up very late last night packing, and up early this morning to finish. We closed the doors on the moving cubes and locked them around 3:30, then […]

Ideas and partisanship

posted by Rod Dreher

As I’ve been wrapping things up in Dallas, I’ve had several good conversations with friends and associates about what I’m moving to Templeton to do. Whatever the political orientation of these friends, I’ve detected a common theme in our conversations […]

Good & bad about this new blog

posted by Rod Dreher

I’m struggling to get my footing on this new blog. As you know, I’m no longer blogging about politics and the culture war, and as a result, my readership numbers have dipped. It’s going to take some time to build […]

Maybe you should stay in the city

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Sharon Astyk, a rural farmer who writes often about preparing for what she believes is a coming time of severe economic hardship related to peak oil and climate change, says city people who believe escaping to the country is the […]

Dr. Gould, small-town physician of the gods

posted by Rod Dreher

Last night I was up with insomnia and started poking around Facebook, which I never do. And what did I find? A tribute page to Alfred R. Gould, M.D., now retired, but in his day the small-town physician of myth. […]

The newest great American

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Just got word that my dear friend and godfather Vladimir Grigorenko today became an American citizen. He is the iconographer at St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas — pictured above — and an emigre from Ukraine. Vladimir was raised without […]

Conan or Jay?

posted by Rod Dreher

It’s not science, religion, the market or morals, but I gotta ask: Conan or Jay? I don’t watch either one, and I really don’t care, though it should be said that Jay Leno has a professional reputation as a genuinely […]

Farewell, ladies

posted by Rod Dreher

We said goodbye to our hens today. They’re now living in Austin, with Julie’s brother and his wife, in a good home. This got to me more than I thought it would, mostly because it upset Julie and the kids […]

The unfashionable relevance of big ideas

posted by Rod Dreher

In the new issue of Touchstone, Ken Myers publishes a short essay (not available online) about the importance of Richard Weaver’s short but highly influential 1948 book “Ideas Have Consequences.” I have the same paperback edition Ken has, apparently; when […]

Thinking on the long road home

posted by Rod Dreher

Finally, back in my own bed tonight, after five days of traveling. What a relief. I hugged my parents goodbye this morning and climbed into a U-Haul truck for the long ride home. As I was driving out, it occurred […]

Hooray! A Walker Percy documentary

posted by Rod Dreher

Via First Things and Doug LeBlanc comes fantastic news! Watch: About the filmmaker.

Train across America

posted by Rod Dreher

Sorry for the ultralight posting, folks. I’ve been traveling since early this morning, having been in Philadelphia this week to start my new job, and am completely wiped out. More substantive and frequent posting tomorrow, promise. I did want to put a question to […]

Welcome to the new Rod Dreher blog

posted by Rod Dreher

Good morning, and welcome to the successor to my Crunchy Con blog, of blessed memory. I’ve started this new blog because I’ve taken a new job as director of publications at the John Templeton Foundation.  JTF is a philanthropy that […]

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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

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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

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

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'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

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