I Guess That’s How The Future’s Done: Mushaboom, by Feist

From Feist, here's a lovely little song about dreaming for the future and building a life together. I don't know much about Feist, but she's got a few songs I like, and of those this is my favorite. … [Read more...]

Topics of Interest

I've been in comment conversations with so many different people over the last few weeks that I've forgotten where I'm at. Anybody have any questions they wanted me to address that I haven't gotten to you? Post a comment, and I'll see what I can do. … [Read more...]

The Dogmat is Watching You


And O! the things the Dogmat has seen in the last week!7 Hand Gestures That Make You Look Like a Real Intellectual. Alas, most of them don't work with paws.Fluffy Kitty Slippers and The Papal Nuncio. Not on the Nuncio, mind you—on the little girl the Nuncio is speaking to.Can they say that on Catholic radio? The Visitation Project can. Speaking of Rebecca French, Simcha Fisher has the scoop on Rebecca's new radio show.Personal Discipleship & the Great Library. Sherry Weddell n … [Read more...]

Ray Manzarek: Carmina Burana

Last week I posted that video of misheard lyrics to "O Fortuna", from Carl Orff's playful (and occasionally disturbing) music set to poems and lyrics written by medieval monks who were no better than they should be.The "Gopher Tuna" video uses a fairly standard interpretation of "O Fortuna"; but back in the early '80's Ray Manzarek, keyboard player for The Doors, recorded his own arrangement of the entire Carmina Burana on modern instruments. The vocals are traditional, but the music … [Read more...]

The Wonder of Reading Terry Pratchett Aloud

Terry Pratchett, signing books

As I'm sure everyone who reads this blog already knows, Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, passed away last Thursday at the age of 66.One of the hazards of being an evening and weekend blogger is that you miss the news cycle: by the time I'd even heard the sad news, several other bloggers already had posts up with their tributes to Sir Terry. But I wouldn't have rushed to get something out at the first moment anyway; my history with Sir Terry goes too deep for that.My … [Read more...]

Leslie Charteris on Getting Your Goat

Underwood Typewriter

A tinge of old beetroot suffused Mr Teal’s rubicund complexion. To say that his goat was completely and omnipotently got conveys nothing at all. In the last ten minutes his goat had been utterly annihilated, and the remains spirited away to the exact point in space where (so Einstein says) eternity changes its socks and starts back on the return journey. He was as comprehensively de-goated as a man can be.— Leslie Charteris, The Saint versus Scotland Yard."Mr. Teal" is one C.E. Teal, ak … [Read more...]

Review: Outwitting History


The delightful Outwitting History is the story of Aaron Lansky's seemingly quixotic but ultimately successful attempt to rescue an entire body of literature: the vast body of works written in Yiddish that were in danger of being simply thrown away in last part of the 20th century.The Jews have always been people of the Book, have always been literate; and starting in the mid-19th century the language in which European Jews wrote books (and especially secular books) was Yiddish. This … [Read more...]

CT 14: God Not A Species Predicated Of Individuals

Individuals of which a species is predicated.  Or, perhaps, two species.

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.It's been a month since the last entry in the series, so it's time to recap. Thomas began by showing that there is a first, ultimate cause of all caused things; he calls this ultimate cause "God" for convenience, though he's still in the process of showing why it's reasonable to equate this first cause with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He's determined a … [Read more...]

Review: The Lion’s Gate, by Steven Pressfield


Steven Pressfield's latest, The Lion's Gate, is something of a departure from his previous books. Of the three I'd read previously, Gates of Fire and The Virtues of War take place in the ancient world, and Killing Rommel takes place in North Africa during World War II. (Good grief! I've just discovered I've not reviewed that one! I'll have to fix that.) And The Lion's Gate isn't even a novel. But like the previous three, it is carefully researched and a delight (at least for this history … [Read more...]