Hey Mr. Blogwatch, I thought you said we had a deal... Dappled Things: Many more "songs from groups that are not chiefly religious bands (no Gospel bands and Christian rock, in other words) but that cite the Bible, Catholic liturgy, or other explicitly Judaeo-Christian sources." Infocult: The Sims play the Sims. Heads explode across meta-America. Via Hit & Run. MarriageMovement blog, a fantastic site dealing with perhaps our most pressing domestic issue--the renewal of marriage--is now … [Read more...]

I surrendered my sinful body He struck the [river] with his tail [Tightly he entwined me] And I was thrilled, thrilled, thrilled, And he pierced my body voluptuously with his teeth. --from Dostoyevsky's journals … [Read more...]

MY LIFE ISN'T ANYTHING COMPARED TO STARS AND SOUND, SOUND: Absolute best thing that has happened to me in the past week (not counting Mass): The Old Oligarch FIXED MY DVD PLAYER AND CD PLAYER!!!!! I'm honestly kind of startled at how happy this makes me. I'd been listening to horrible rough scratchy awful DVD sound, and NO compact discs at all, for so long that I'd forgotten how wonderful it is to have these EARS. So I'm deeply pro-ears now. Perhaps the most interesting thing I've noticed … [Read more...]

LIPSTICK VOGUE: A useful, if deeply passive-aggressive, description of the hypersexualized (and therefore creepily anti-erotic) atmosphere of the modern elite college campus. Rough language and so forth. A more up-front, but perhaps for that reason less effective, discussion can be found here: "The problem with the Yale sex drive is not that it is too strong, but that it is too weak." As C.S. Lewis says, we are far too easily pleased. … [Read more...]

WHY YOUR JOB ISN'T MOVING TO BANGALORE: ...In objecting to moving service jobs overseas, Senator Kerry is wrong on two counts. First, his economics is faulty: the practice only adds to the overall economic pie and improves the competitiveness of American companies. In a world economy, firms that forgo cheaper supplies of services are doomed to lose markets, and hence production. And companies that die out, of course, do not employ people. ... Unfortunately, the issue is further confused by … [Read more...]

HOSPITALS AND HUMILITY: Father Tucker on the personal experience of ex opere operato. "You can tell yourself all sorts of things about what a wonderful job you do, but when push comes to shove and somebody wants his sins forgiven, any old priest will do." … [Read more...]

STOP ME IF YOU THINK THAT YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE: (a.k.a. "He talks about you in his sleep, and it's all that I can do to keep from cryin' when he calls your name, Jolene.") Themes you return to again and again? Queer Catholics/Christians. Either or (esp.) both. Fatalism vs. hope, a.k.a. Jesus doesn't want me for a sunbeam, a.k.a. the sin of despair. Frequently disguised as other sins, e.g. substance abuse, lust. Cultural conformity vs. capitulation to self vs. defining oneself through … [Read more...]


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