Star Wars, David Bowie, Hillary Clinton, and Peyton Manning

Last month my feeds were dominated by Star Wars, David Bowie, and Peyton Manning. Great culture endures and so the play Hamlet has been performed, is being performed, and will  be performed. Great culture endures because even though there may not be a great deal of money to be made, the art has the power [Read More...]

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Preservation Hall: A Good Thing in America

I am already tired of politics and nobody has voted yet. Democrat and Republican: my social media is full of fury, rage, and depression. Of course, there are other people posting cat videos, but those jolly souls do not need encouragement. They already live better lives. Here is good, good news about America: time tends [Read More...]

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Bing and Bowie: the Old Order Changes

David Bowie is dead. Many (all?) of my students will have to be told who David Bowie was. Nothing fades so quickly as celebrity and we don’t know if in thirty years anyone will recall David Bowie. We do know that he once appeared with Bing Crosby on a Christmas special. Bing was famous on radio, [Read More...]

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Holiday Advice: Dealing with Your Crazy Evangelical Uncle

Evidently giving advice about how to handle the stress of what the Victorians called “social intercourse” with those who do not agree is a thing now. Despite a sneaking suspicion that the number of people actually worried about awkward conversations at dinner is roughly equal to the number of Evangelicals worried about the Starbuck’ red cup [Read More...]

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Five Horrible Ideas for Thanksgiving Dinner

Times are bad as times often are, yet in the week ahead we will pause in our work and give thanks. Those Americans who can will feast together to celebrate the good things God has given us. Glory to God for all things! Yet for every Rockwell Thanksgiving, every plan that goes well, there will [Read More...]

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Dear Mr Starr

Dear Mr Starr, They tell me in this fiftieth year of the Super Bowl that you are ill, though getting better. I thought I would tell you two stories in the h0pe that against all odds you would see this letter and be encouraged. Many of us would rather see you at a Super Bowl [Read More...]

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Fear Not!

Monsters scare and yet fascinate little kids. Just as Mom and Dad find it hard not to look at a wreck, even if such curiousity makes them feel ghoulish, so the little ones cannot avoid peeking at a scary movie. We don’t like being afraid for real, but the thrill of seeing something scary is [Read More...]

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Heavy Lifting: Grow Up, Get a Job, Raise a Family, and Other Manly Advice

If a certain kind of book must be written and read, a warning should flash that is more authentic than any “blood moon prophecy.” The fact that it must be written is a bad sign. Jim Geraghty and Cam Edwards have a book full of the kind of advice my Uncle Roddy and my dad gave [Read More...]

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Three Lessons from Steve Jobs: the man not the movie

See the next World Magazine for my review of the new biopic on Steve Jobs. Bottom line: wait for Netflix. Secondary lesson, read the authorized biography and then you can skip the movie. The real Steve Jobs was more interesting than either. Here are three lessons that one can learn from the life of Steve [Read More...]

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Maureen O’Hara: A Pleasant Time at the Movies

Today we went to see the movie about Steve Jobs . . . more on that at World Magazine . . . but whatever the merits of the film (and they were there) the movie and the trailers around the motion picture were grim, serious, and often unpleasant. The Christmas movies coming up look cynical [Read More...]

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