“Mom Arrested for (Maybe) Hanging Up on Cop While Her Missing Daughter Plays at Church”: Reason

gives this story a much different headline from many mainstream media outlets. Let's find out why! Here is a story that combines some of our favorite Reason.com topics, including strip clubs, jerk cops, and America's growing willingness to make less-than-perfect parenting a crime. In this case, Florida resident Bobbey Jo Boucher went with her 10-year-old daughter to a neighbor's barbecue and left the girl there when she headed to work, instructing her to go back home when it was over. When the … [Read more...]

From Iris Murdoch, “The Book and the Brotherhood”

"I think we shouldn't wonder so much," said Jenkin, "sometimes we try to think in too much detail about other people's lives. Other people's consciousness can be so unlike our own. One learns that."Gerard sighed, recognising the truth of this, feeling the inaccessibility to him of Jenkin's consciousness. … [Read more...]

“United Sweets of America”: Slate

makes an important contribution to national comity:Alabama Lane cake Also known as Alabama Lane cake, Lane cake is one of those boozy, eggy, dried-fruit-filled confections we don’t eat enough of these days. Invented by Emma Rylander Lane in the 1890s, a Lane cake is a sponge cake layered with a raisin-bourbon filling and frosted with a marshmallow-y “boiled white frosting.” Lane cake is also to Harper Lee what the madeleine is to Marcel Proust: The baked good makes several appearances in th … [Read more...]

Here Is the Time! Now Is the Place! Book Me to Speak This Fall and Beat the Rush.

Hi all! I'm starting to put together my schedule for the fall, so now is the perfect time to book me at your local university, Catholic school, bookstore, soapbox in dog park, etc etc. Email me at eve_tushnet@yahoo.com and let's see what we can do. Reasonable rates, some mod cons.Here's what I said in Denver at Theology on Tap; here are some pieces giving you my basic approach to Gay Catholic Whatnot: one, two, three, four.My book drops Oct 20 so the best time to book me is after that … [Read more...]

Friday Link Round-Up: The Road to Ferguson, And Some Paths Away

Hey it's my birthday, let's have some fun! This is a very, very scattershot link round-up. Mostly snagged from people I follow on Twitter and you should too.Walter Olson, "Petty Offenses and Police-Community Relations in Ferguson": It seems so random and meaningless that a legal offense as minor as walking on the roadway would set in motion what was to prove the fatal confrontation between officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown. But in the wider scheme of how Ferguson came to have its … [Read more...]

Toni Basil Sings “Mickey” in Spanish

YES THIS IS REALYou're welcome. Via Shrill Cosby. … [Read more...]

Two Stories of a Philadelphia School’s Transformation

from Jeff Deeney. First, in July 2013: Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia's infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, they did something a lot of people would find inconceivable. The school was known as "Jones Jail" for its reputation of violence and disorder, and because the building physically resembled a youth correctional facility. Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug … [Read more...]


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