"Patterns of family pathology clearly don't change with the number of wives on the premises." --Against Love on polygamy. Since I've now given you two quotes from AL where Kipnis offers piercing insights, I figured I'd throw one of her more irritating moments your way. Here Kipnis makes the common and over-easy assumption that family structure has nothing to do with family happiness--it's all about the individuals, not the institutions and forms they set up to channel and guide their actions. … [Read more...]

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MOVIE NOTES: Sean Collins's case against "Grosse Pointe Blank," which I think isn't wrong so much as incomplete. I'm not sure I can be fully reasonable about this movie, since I think it's about being lost and searching for meaning and I just so happened to see it several times when I was in that exact state. So I, like, related. But I'll make three quick points:1) I agree that you're not asked to view Martin Blank as awful. You're asked to view him as blank (not a subtle movie, you know?). … [Read more...]

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ALL SAINTS: Thought it might be interesting to list the saints whose examples have played a particularly strong role in my own life. If other Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopalian etc. bloggers want to join in I'd be quite happy.Prayer to saints is a huge part of my prayer life. I don't need them--if I really thought I had to "go it alone," I would--but knowing I can pray for their intercession and draw strength from their examples really helps me in everyday life and in the (frequent) prayers in … [Read more...]

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"HE STOLE PLENTY BUT HE HELPED US PLENTY TOO and he tried over and over again to pull himself out of the gutter. Far worse were the pharisees who used to cluck also. 'Look at that Bill saying the rosary tonight when he was drunk as a lord last night.' Thank God he prayed. The Blessed Mother is remembering him now since he remembered her then."and much more from Dorothy Day, for All Souls Day. Via Sed Contra, who has a great post on today's feast here: "The message, the task, the call to be … [Read more...]

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COSTUMED VIGILANTES: This past week I had an opportunity to compare the Supreme Court to Watchmen. For an explanation, you could do worse than this column. … [Read more...]

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I'M SECURE IN MY MASCULINITY: A friend ran my emails to a discussion list through the Gender Genie. Apparently I'm very very manly. Grrrr!!!! Aaaarrrrr!!!The friend speculates that argument-language registers as "male" whereas personal observations register as female. Sure, whatever.I argue (and observe, but mostly argue!) in favor of gender roles but against gender rigidity here.Off to eat red meat and dip girls' pigtails in inkwells. … [Read more...]

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