HOME IS THE HUNTER: I recently finished re-reading Regeneration and The Eye in the Door, the first two books in Pat Barker's World War I trilogy. (I remember the third book, The Ghost Road, as being pretty awful, thus have no immediate plans to re-read it. If someone out there would like to confirm or correct this impression, please drop me a line.) Here are some admittedly overpersonal and quite scattered thoughts about the two books.Regeneration is mostly about the psychiatrist who "treats" … [Read more...]

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"He did not have the habit of self-examination and had the feeling that it was vanity that made people speak about their virtues. And their faults." --"Where All Things Wise and Fair Descend"This, by the way, is an excellent story. It's not especially subtle; it's declarative and collegiate and nervous. It's also a stark portrayal of grief, youth, and, maybe especially, California. You should read it. (It's in this anthology.) … [Read more...]

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"OWNERSHIP SOCIETY STILL NEEDS RULES": Sebastian Mallaby column, via SRD. Excerpts: The Bush team's "ownership society" is mainly about Social Security: It wants to convert part of this government program into private retirement accounts. But the administration is skeptical of corporate collectivism as well as the governmental variety. It's not sure that your employer should provide your health care or your retirement plan. And it may well be right.Corporations became the anchors of … [Read more...]

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YOUNG AND CATHOLIC: New blog! and new book! ...by Tim Drake of Register fame. … [Read more...]

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TROOP SUPPORT SITES (send care packages and more): A list here. Also, Operation Uplink--so soldiers can call their families--via a couple people, most recently Unqualified Offerings. … [Read more...]

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GONZALES: Scathing piece in Washington Post.Timid-but-still-fairly-scathing-given-the-source editorial from ditto.This matters. Earlier I compared Gonzales to Arlen Specter. Specter still has his cute little chairmanship. But he had to make a lot of statements that will (I hope, and expect) constrict his future actions; he had to expend political capital; he had to watch as someone else wrote the script for the rest of his term. Everybody says Gonzales is gonna get confirmed. Okay. I don't … [Read more...]

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Blogwatch changes everything...Amy Welborn: A little one!Mark Shea is right about Michael Ledeen: "Personally, I prefer to give the Marine more credit and hope that he was trying to do the right thing, not enlist him as a poster boy for Ledeen's evil suggestion to go ahead and 'enter into evil' by 'doing things we know to be morally wrong.'"Relapsed Catholic: Links to American Film Institute's "100 best movie quotes" nominees; but far better than their choices are her comments: "How do you … [Read more...]

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