King Blog's back from holiday, Marie Lupescu's greyand King Alexander is watched in Marseilles...After Abortion: Amazon lists of novels with an abortion plot or subplot, and abortion recovery books.The Lawrence Journal-World has a special section marking the 40th anniversary of the publication of In Cold Blood. Includes journalism students revisiting some of the people involved. (Via About Last Night.)LifeNews reports:A national group of pro-life Democrats has joined pro-life Democratic members … [Read more...]

Blogwatch, beware!The government won't protect you;They'd like to see you turned into Blogwatch stew...Amy's Fiction: Amy Welborn has a fiction blog! The first story is fun (with nuns)."A Roshonda By Any Other Name: How do babies with super-black names fare?"The Snowflake Process for Writing a Novel. … [Read more...]

TWO MORE: Nice thread at Amy Welborn's--basic reactions and stuff.And this quote: "Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain." Yay--one of the themes of my senior essay in college. … [Read more...]

SO THAT'S WHAT ALL THOSE BELLS WERE! His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. Am shaking invisible pompoms. ...As one of my colleagues once said, "Go Ratzy Go!"PS: Was immediately struck by the thought of what an awesome responsibility and gift it must be to serve as Pope; this thought swiftly followed by humbling thought that the responsibility and gift of membership in the Catholic Church is equally awesome.Two snippets from Amy Welborn's comments box (link is above): "For those who feared a Ratzinger … [Read more...]

PULSE OF FREEDOM '05: "The Home Page for Lebanon's March to Freedom & Democracy--published by the protesters at Martyrs' Square, Beirut." Via The Corner. … [Read more...]

PETITION TO PREVENT SELLING OF CONSECRATED HOSTS ON EBAY. The Old Oligarch points out, "(Also, note the link address. Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus.)" … [Read more...]

THE LATEST SOPHOCLES:For more than a century, it has caused excitement and frustration in equal measure--a collection of Greek and Roman writings so vast it could redraw the map of classical civilisation. If only it was legible.Now, in a breakthrough described as the classical equivalent of finding the holy grail, Oxford University scientists have employed infra-red technology to open up the hoard, known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and with it the prospect that hundreds of lost Greek comedies, … [Read more...]