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    Archive for July, 2016

    Saturday, July 30th, 2016

    "A room without books is like a body without a soul." – Marcus Tullius Cicero pic.twitter.com/hhg8HTrGaC — Catholic Thinker (@ThinkerCatholic) July 30, 2016 Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Friday

    Friday, July 29th, 2016

    Returning from vacation today. Nine days in Alpena, Michigan, and the Upper Peninsula. Splendid trip. If you get up there, I highly recommend Munising and its Falling Rock Cafe. No drinking, just nice fun. Live band playing classic country tunes, good sandwiches, board games, books for sale, lattes. And a nice little Mountain Dew buzz. […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, July 28th, 2016

    While on vacation this week: Tess and I had a viciously tight game of Trouble pic.twitter.com/p1EDvWKC20 — The Daily Eudemon (@TheDailyEudemon) July 24, 2016 Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

    St. Johnny Appleseed: “[T]here is a Russian saying that if a man plants 3 trees in his life he will never go to hell.” Dorothy Day. Of course, according to The Smithsonian, Johnny wasn’t a saint. He was just a good businessman who planted and cultivated orchards, which he would sell to frontiersmen, who could […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

    “Kirk first encountered the Shroud [of Turin] while offhandedly visiting the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista in Torino, Italy, in 1957 when he attended a Mont Pelerin Society conference. Here, he claimed, he encountered the face of God. ‘The face was wondrously distinct, almost accurate as a plaster death mask: a strong face, composed in […]

    Monday

    Monday, July 25th, 2016

    Miscellaneous Rambling That Kirk quote yesterday got me thinking about George Gissing’s The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft. It’s a beautiful little book, one that tugs at every wannabe nerd who can’t be that nerd because the affairs of the world keep him strapped to the table, like a confined Frankenstein. If you’re the bookish […]

    Saturday

    Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

    My brother-in-law got this handbill while in Chicago last weekend: “The Most Reluctant Convert.” It’s showing in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Tulsa (Tulsa?). If I were going to Chicago, I’d definitely check it out. Also intriguing: C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. Playing in London late this year. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot […]

    Friday

    Thursday, July 21st, 2016

    BYCU Interesting introduction to absinthe: “THE NOTORIOUS ABSINTHE, which scandalized late 19th-century Europe, was embraced by the literary and artistic cafĂ© society of the mid-1800s. Purportedly addictive, it was the drink of choice for artists, writers, and poets, most notably Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Baudelaire, Oscar Wilde, Rimbaud, and Verlaine. All had quite the passion for […]

    Thursday

    Thursday, July 21st, 2016

    That new Russell Kirk biography features extended descriptions of the thought of Irving Babbitt, Paul Elmer More, Albert Jay Nock, and Isabel Paterson (four figures who greatly influenced Kirk). I’m only part way through the first one (Babbitt), greatly enjoying it, and really looking forward to the description about Nock. Excerpt: In the West, as […]

    Meyers

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

    Said Melania, “That’s ridiculous. I worked on that speech for four score and seven years.” Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

    Miscellaneous Rambling Interesting piece about one of the only sites I visit every day: the Drudge Report. It says Drudge may have been able to stop Trump. I found the story linked at . . . Excerpt: “Last week, SimilarWeb, an analytics firm, ranked the Drudge Report as the third-most-trafficked media publisher in the US […]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

    I haven’t seen Gilbert Meilaender’s name for awhile: It is right to want to live longer, if we don't want life simply for its own sake. https://t.co/MS5HrJEEHr — First Things (@firstthingsmag) July 17, 2016 A Taste for the Other is a classic. Bookmark it: del.icio.us | Reddit | Slashdot | Digg |

     


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