Fascinatin' blogwatch, you got me on the go...Iraq At a Glance: New Iraqi blog! a.k.a. the secret lives of Iraqi dentists.LucyHoney23: Dissection of porno. Via her husband. Contains, as you might expect, lots of explicit descriptions (and definitely wouldn't get the Imprimatur), but insightful and even poignant: "the NORM in porn is the guy disconnecting physically--even before the sex act is over. that's pretty messed up."Noli Irritare Leones: Doesn't quite answer my question about what … [Read more...]


"If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. ... If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the … [Read more...]


EDUCATION IN REVERSE: The first section (of five) of the new short story, "Desire." A comedy. Broken ribs, corrective lenses, model girlfriends, and punk rock privilege. This is spring; the next season is summer, consumerism and desire, sunshine and smokescreens, "Spend Spend Spend." We like to think of sexual desire as the most authentic expression of our True Selves; I'm unconvinced. … [Read more...]


In the blogs of snow You hold your rifle In the watch below The enemy hide...Messopotamian: Another Iraqi blog!Oxblog: Powerful speech against the proposition, "Resolved: This House believes that we are losing the Peace."Sed Contra: The rosary as seen through the beatitudes' description of the "poor in spirit." Here, here, here.Tacitus: What it's like to be depressed in the Army. This is really an incredible post, completely worth your time. I fully agree with the comments that point out … [Read more...]


IF YOU CAME HERE FROM NRO'S CORNER, you're looking for this post. Not that the rest of the blog doesn't also warrant your attention! … [Read more...]


YOU WOULDN'T KNOW A GREAT COMIC IF IT BIT YOU ON YOUR ARCHETYPE. So... superheroes.Something specific has to hook me in to a superhero comic. I'm kind of like this with all literature (it's why I have such lurid and whacked-out tastes), but a lot more so with superhero comics. Here's my (very personal) rundown of what does and doesn't work for me in superhero stuff, in alphabetical order. Note that this is also your "concept vs. execution" post.The Avengers. I don't get them. This column … [Read more...]


ANIMALS. MEN. ANIMAL MEN. Comics reviews.Animal Man--the three volumes of the Grant Morrison run.There's very little I can say about this series that wasn't said earlier and better by Comics 101. Here's the column that persuaded me that I had to have this series. It's very "meta"--but not in an annoying way--more in a chilling and thought-provoking way.I guess the thing you should do, if the C101 column (which does have spoilers, sorry) doesn't do it for you, is stand in your local comics … [Read more...]