A rush and a push that the land that we blogwatch is ours...Dappled Things: Guide to indulgences. And selecting a Lenten penance. (Yeah, a bit behind here, sorry.)Diotima: Reply to my post on hookups--pointing out that men, too, often feel the lack of a deeper connection. Elizabeth Marquardt only interviewed women, and of course I mostly only know that side of things as well, but I'm heartened (and unsurprised) by what Diotima says.Noli Irritare Leones: Reply to my post on hookups.Sursum … [Read more...]


"Don't hesitate to be as revolutionary as science. Don't hesitate to be as reactionary as the multiplication table." --Calvin Coolidge, address to the Massachusetts Senate … [Read more...]


LENT, thank God. I think I've been looking forward to this since at least Advent. Must get my head together. … [Read more...]


WHAT'S MY LINE?: On Friday I heard a talk by Elizabeth Marquardt, discussing her research into the "hookup culture" on college campuses. For those of us who graduated recently, there were few surprises: Nobody asks anybody on dates, nobody knows whether they're dating or not, people either engage in sterile futureless hookups or embed themselves in "joined at the hip" relationships with a strong flavor of folie a deux. This much I knew (although it was interesting to note how much these facts … [Read more...]


"For who among mortals, dreading nothing, is just?" --Aeschylus, Eumenides … [Read more...]


YOU ARE RULE 11! You were designed to make sure that attorneys in federal cases make reasonable inquiries into fact or law before submitting pleadings, motions, or other papers. You were a real hardass in 1983, when you snuffed out all legal creativity from federal proceedings and embarassed well-meaning but overzealous attorneys. You loosened up a bit in 1993, when you began allowing plaintiffs to make allegations in their complaints that are likely to have evidenciary support after discovery, … [Read more...]


Now we're running just as fast as we can Holding on to one another's hands Trying to blog away, into the watch, When you put your arms around me and we tumble to the ground and then you say:Old Oligarch: "Besides, you sick, wretched creature of the flesh filled with works-righteousness, the exploding drink is God's mercy to you: By blowing off your lips, He teaches you to surrender your creatureliness." In other words, the O.O. beats up on Karl Barth.Unqualified Offerings: Superhero … [Read more...]