Month: May 2015


A TDE reader sent this along, with the observation that they probably just changed the label on their Bud Light cans:

All jokes aside, it’s a very nice thing AB did, even if their flagship beer, per their own marketing, is for homosexuals. … Read the rest



Whew, the metaphysical hangover. We had Jack’s grad party last night. Whatta whirl . . . last night and this morning.

The thing I hate most about parties is that I always, without fail, wake up groggy and thinking about all the guests I didn’t even say “hi” to. What’s the proper party protocol there? We’re guessing nearly 200 people showed up at one point or another, probably close to 100 adults (the rest were Jack’s friends). Since it’s an open house, people came for all different durations. Some were there for four hours, some for thirty minutes. Is the guest supposed to seek me out, as the host, to say “hi,” or is the host supposed to seek them out? I mean, it’s easy to greet people when the first few are arriving, but when you have scores of people arriving at different times, it’s virtually impossible to make sure you speak to everyone . . . and wholly impossible once you’re in drunken conversations.

Anyway, I’m guessing I inadvertently ignored 20% of my adult guests. I’m sure they understand, but I’d feel better if the social mores gods say it was their responsibility to seek out the host, not my responsibility to find them.

I have an antinomian tendency to ignore social mores (I certainly am not offended that a handful of guests didn’t seek me out last night). But I also think “small arts” like hospitality are overlooked to the detriment of society, and I also think such small arts were given Christ’s seal of approval at the Wedding Feast at Cana (even if He also approved Mary’s antinomian tendency over Martha’s … Read the rest



So I’m talking with my oldest son, Alex, on my laptop. It’s evening and he’s drinking from a big, funky-looking can. I ask him what it is, and he says it’s something his local beer seller recommended: Stiegl breakfast beer. I couldn’t find much about Stiegl on the web, though it appears to be the Budweiser of Austria.

After a bit of effort, however, I think I found the concoction he was drinking. It’s Stiegl Radler Grapefruit. I can’t say it sounds very good, but Alex said he was enjoying it, even if he hasn’t started drinking it before work:

For the health-conscious early birds, there’s the Stiegl Radler Grapefruit, which combines a grapefruit juice base with other pure flavors to make a 100 percent natural fruit beer.

Even if you’ve written off “near-beer” offerings like shandys, give Stiegl’s blend a fair shot. This relative newcomer to the US is brewed in Austria (where beer is a national pastime), and boasts a pale, hazy yellow color with refreshing flavor.


The same article discusses two other “breakfast beers”: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and Rogue Mocha Porter.

It reminds me that the Inklings used to drink beer on Tuesday mornings at the Eagle and Child pub.

Most every well-read Christian has heard of the Inklings, the literary group that counted J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis among its members. The professors spent ample hours in an establishment called the Eagle and Child, drinking beer and critiquing one another’s writings.

I’ve always been struck by one Inkling fact that is often overlooked: Many of their meetings took place on Tuesday mornings. And they weren’t merely

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Nock Notions

Albert Jay Nock on the Great Fiction upon which The Washington Party relies for its increasingly-aggressive power grabs against society:

“Republicanism permits the individual to persuade himself that the State is his creation, that State action is his action, that when it expresses itself it expresses him, and when it is glorified he is glorified. The republican State encourages this persuasion with all its power, aware that it is the most efficient instrument for enhancing its own prestige. Lincoln’s phrase, “of the people, by the people, for the people” was probably the most effective single stroke of propaganda ever made in behalf of republican State prestige.” Albert Jay Nock, Our Enemy, the State.… Read the rest

GKC Wednesday

Chesterton Short(s)

A GKC sighting of sorts, through Terry Teachout, editor of the Second Mencken Chrestomathy, writing about Chesterton’s contemporary (and occasional critic) H.L. Mencken: “He is the apostle of common sense.”

Was this an intentional parallel to GKC? I haven’t the foggiest, but a Google search of Teachout and Chesterton turns up quite a few instances of Teachout quoting the Great One. … Read the rest

Top Ten List: You might have a book obsession if:

10. You’ll never be able to finish all the books you’ve started.
9. You’re kinda surprised there’s not a medical term to describe a disordered erotic attraction to books.
8. You don’t think the word “disordered” is appropriate in the previous sentence.
7. You’ve ever turned down your spouse’s advances because you’re reading.
6. You’ve ever joined one of the folio book clubs that sell over-priced elegant books.
5. Yet you think paperbacks are to the book world what pornography is to the film industry.
4. It infuriates you that the Bankruptcy Code allows a debtor to keep his TV but doesn’t provide a similar exemption for a book collection.
3. You’re mad about that Bankruptcy Code thing because your book buying has put you on the verge of bankruptcy.
2. You’ve ever contemplated, “What book should be my next bathroom reading book?”
1. You’ve ever considered putting a book shelf in your bathroom.… Read the rest