SING A NEW SONG: Dappled Things is compiling "a list of 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. This should be more than simple references to God and religion. ...I'm interested in seeing the allusions and references as indications of the impact of religion on popular culture, so for this purpose it doesn't really matter whether the … [Read more...]

"Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of … [Read more...]

FROM THE NORTH KOREAN GULAG: ...Over the past year harrowing first-hand testimonies from North Korean defectors have detailed execution and torture, and now chilling evidence has emerged that the walls of Camp 22 hide an even more evil secret: gas chambers where horrific chemical experiments are conducted on human beings. ...Kwon Hyuk, who has changed his name, was the former military attaché at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. He was also the chief of management at Camp 22. In the BBC's … [Read more...]

Blogwatch! blogwatch! bow wow wow!...Motime Like the Present: More Watchblogging. I'm pretty drastically uninterested in characters as unconstrained as MLTP says Silver Age superheroes were, but it takes all kinds, I suppose.Let us spring up out of our sober shells. We will soar like drunken eagles. (Hilarity.)I'm on th' road ag'in until Wednesday, but I have a bunch of interesting posts percolating. I hope to use my fabulous seven-hour layover to write them. If you're at Stanford … [Read more...]

"A MARRIAGE HEALTH ADVISORY": Hey, look, I'm in the American Spectator Online, talking about the Healthy Marriage Initiative. … [Read more...]

WATCHMANIA: Alas, a Blog on Alan Moore and social improvement through superior firepower.Four Color Hell on Watchmen vs. Dark Knight Returns. I haven't read DKR, but dispute the characterization of Watchmen as so entangled in Cold War anxieties that it no longer appears especially relevant. IMO the political points are still sharp, and the existential questions never get old.Unqualified Offerings posts his Watchmail: goyishand Jewish installments. … [Read more...]

LIMECAT IS NOT PLEASED.Via Oxblog. … [Read more...]