HOOKUP CULTURE: I must not have been clear in my post about Elizabeth Marquardt's presentation on the college "hookup" scene. Lawrence Krubner read me as arguing that hookups are in some important way analogous to date rape; what I was actually trying to say is the much more limited point that the hookup "script"--get drunk and keep communication minimal--makes date rape much more likely.More Krubner soonish.... … [Read more...]


LOL. Obligatory disclaimer: I have not seen "The Passion" and don't especially plan to. But I thought this exchange was a hilarious commentary on how oblique and intuitive the creative process often is to the artist. You can train yourself--you have to train--but the point of that training is to shape your instincts and intuitions, because very often you make the artistic choices and figure out the reasons why later, if at all. (Barbara discusses this more eloquently if you follow the link … [Read more...]


"The awareness of grandeur and the sublime is all but gone from the modern mind. Our systems of education stress the importance of enabling the student to exploit the power aspect of reality. To some degree, they try to develop his ability to appreciate beauty. But there is no education for the sublime. ...Significantly, the theme of Biblical poetry is not the charm or beauty of nature; it is the grandeur, it is the sublime aspect of nature which Biblical poetry is trying to … [Read more...]


I'M NOT DEAD, I'M JUST IGNORING YOU. Sorry about radio silence--craziness abounds here. I'm back from my various travels, though, and I have an enormous amount of stuff to say. Gotta run, but expect the following: marriage and the clash of worldviews; Gyo; education and prejudice; judging and the ordinary people; "that's so gay"; the mask of command; God, eyeballs, martinis, and dialectic. Plus linkaliciousness. And maybe a horror-flick review.Later! … [Read more...]


Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. --Amos 8: 11-12 … [Read more...]


PRIEST SEX-ABUSE REPORT: What follows is Amy Welborn's take:The NYTimes takes a look at the studies"Two long-awaited studies have found that the Roman Catholic Church suffered an epidemic of child sexual abuse that involved at least 4 percent of priests over 52 years and peaked with the ordination class of 1970, in which one of every 10 priests was eventually accused of abuse."Stop there and ponder that for a moment."The other report, on the causes and context of the crisis, was written … [Read more...]


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...]