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...]

"RECOGNITION": LATE NIGHT, MAUDLIN STREET. So, I wrote a thing. It's about... hrm. It's about identity formation; homosexuality; children; grace; what constitutes a happy ending; and what we can know or assume or understand about other people. It's short (one-shot), and it's here. And maybe it should really have been an essay. I feel like it's too polemical to be fiction and too obsessive to be journalism. Anyway, I doubt this is its final form. So your comments, questions, criticisms are, as … [Read more...]

CHURCH OF THE MASSES: Neat stuff there. Barbara Nicolosi's speaking schedule (she's coming here! yay!)--she's awesome. Go see her! She runs a writing program for Christians working in or seeking to work in Hollywood. She has a terrific grasp of artistic integrity as well as, obviously, the Gospel.She does offer this parodic suggestion, though, which I think actually would be awesome: "Immaculate?--A pulsing, mind-bending tribute to film-noir, set amidst the seamy mystery of the conception of … [Read more...]

NOTES FROM A PREGNANCY CENTER: Thought some of you all might be interested in the notes I keep (in my "furry book," a commonplace book with faux leopard fur cover--I love this so much!) on counseling at the pregnancy center.1. Christ came for (at least) 2 reasons--a. reparationb. examplemake amends, pay what you owe, but also, His sacrifice is the model for ours. He gave everything for us; we must give everything for Him.2. Repent and believe in the Gospel--inseparable3. Virtues-Based Analysis … [Read more...]

"HELPED TO DIE": From the Telegraph:Nearly half the newborn babies who died in Flanders over a recent year-long period were helped to die by their doctors, a new study reported yesterday.Paediatricians in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium either discreetly stopped treating the babies or, in 17 cases, illegally killed them with lethal doses of painkillers.The study, published in The Lancet, examined the deaths of every baby who died within a year of birth in Flanders between August 1999 and … [Read more...]

"ANDREA DWORKIN AND ME": Maggie Gallagher...Yes, I received a gift from Andrea, the kind of gift which, intellectually speaking, you can receive only from someone with whom you profoundly disagree. From the opposite ends of the political spectrum, we had each glimpsed a piece of the same truth. Against the backdrop of a pornographic Playboy culture that tried to teach us that sex is just a trivial appetite for pleasure, radical feminist Andrea Dworkin wrote that "sexual intercourse is not … [Read more...]

Life is blog,Life is watch,The world is blog,The world is watch...Here, have some Ovid. Via Suburban Banshee.Not Dead Yet has updates on legislation on health care for the profoundly disabled; plus lots of commentary and links, like "8 things that need to happen to safeguard against non-voluntary euthanasia in the U.S." Make it a regular stop. Via Noli Irritare Leones."Videos Challenge Accounts of Convention Unrest": From the NYTimes:...Accused of inciting a riot and resisting arrest, Mr. Kyne … [Read more...]