Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thursday

Odd Names This blog post at NRO about odd Puritan names (“Experience Bliss,” “Thankful Clapp,” “Moses Sleeper”) reminded me of this passage from A Renegade History of the United States: “In 1864 Increase Mather set out to put an end … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Received in an Email These insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words: A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” “That … Continue reading

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Tuesday

The Libertarian Political Philosophy in a Nutshell “Society, it should be kept in mind, is a group of people who cooperate with one another in order that they may severally and individually improve their circumstances, and the techniques by which … Continue reading

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Monday

Quick Reference: “The idea that A could at the same time be non-A or that to prefer A to B could at the same time be to prefer B to A is simply inconceivable and absurd to a human mind.” … Continue reading

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From the Notebooks

Pornography and Idiocy (from 2004) Writing about pornography is kinda like making pornography: what are you going to say (do) that hasn’t been said (done) before? The director of a pornographic movie tries to think of something that hasn’t been … Continue reading

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Something for Sunday Morning

“All fear arises from the love of something.” St. Thomas Aquinas Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

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Friday

Plato, Aristotle, and Aquinas? The Beer Taster recently featured Three Philosophers. That is one righteous beer. I agree with this description: “The aroma is very malty and full of cherries, as well as some other dark fruits such as raisins. … Continue reading

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Thursday

Studies like this don’t really impress me: Women Who Lost Virginity Early More Likely To Divorce. It’s nice to see empirical support for the idea that poor upbringing results in poor results, but I don’t think we can conclude from … Continue reading

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Wednesday

Catholic Blog Surfing Bert Ghezzi is a genuinely good guy. I’ve corresponded with him on a few occasions, and he even expressed willingness to “go to bat” for me on a book proposal he liked (alas, even Bert can’t overcome … Continue reading

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Tuesday

Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly On the centennial of his birth, the influence of Catholicism on Marshall McLuhan’s Catholicism gets a fair and good hearing. Perhaps the best essay of the year so far. . . . more>> Simone Weil. … Continue reading

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Monday

The Angel and the Idiots What do Lady Gaga and Mother Teresa have in common? A lot, according to this vapid piece at The Economist: The Angel and the Monster. The piece isn’t sacrilegious (though it does recount some of … Continue reading

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Something for Sunday Morning

True virtue has no limits, but goes on and on, and especially holy charity, which is the virtue of virtues, and which having a definite object, would become infinite if it could meet with a heart capable of infinity. St. … Continue reading

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