TWO RUSSIANS AND A GIANT TALKING MANTIS: Ayn Rand. Diana Mertz Hsieh's Noodle Food is a thoughtful blog from an Objectivist perspective. She often writes about psychology, honesty and why it's the best policy, and childrearing. And she digs Maggie Gallagher!Mikhail Bulgakov. I've added two posts to the Booklog (stuff I've said about stuff I've read): Augustine's Confessions and Bulgakov's Master and Margarita.Zorak. I want to be Zorak if I grow up. The world's coolest embittered mantis, plus … [Read more...]

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"A DEFENCE OF RASH VOWS": I was originally going to post this over at Questions for Objectivists, as G.K. Chesterton's take on our contemporary custom of replacing "as long as you both shall live" with "as long as you both shall love" in the marriage service. But it seems tangentially relevant to some of the points Sullivan raised today (in which he's defending not just same-sex marriage, but nonmarital sex), so I'll throw it in here as well."The man who makes a vow makes an appointment with … [Read more...]

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IMPORTANT EDIT: That Inferno reading in NYC is tomorrow night. Sorry! … [Read more...]

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ANDREW SULLIVAN CONT'D. He posted something on March 21, which I now can't find in his archives (about a week is missing--if anyone can find it I'd be grateful). Here's my response. Here's him today. (If the links don't work, go to AndrewSullivan.com and scroll down.) Here's what I sent him in response:First email: 1) Thanks very much for the kind words and the response. (And the link.)2) I wasn't claiming that your arguments against Church teachings were based in emotion--sorry if that was … [Read more...]

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WELCOME TO MY BLOG, NOW GO AWAY!: Some other good things you could be doing with your time.Unqualified Offerings: Lots of good stuff today, mainly concerning Israel. He is a principled isolationist and I'm not, but his posts are always perceptive.Virginia Postrel and Brink Lindsey: It's just barely possible that some people reading this site might not know how cool it is that Postrel and Lindsey have weblogs. Trust me: It's very cool. Postrel has a sharp analysis of sugar subsidies and an … [Read more...]

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POETRY WEDNESDAY: Dave Tepper turned me on to this great idea: Post a poem each Wednesday. Here's his. Here's mine.A diver does not abandona seaweed-filled bay....[clipped, sigh]--Ono no Komachi … [Read more...]

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"I've got a little room upstairs that's too small for you to fall down in. I can bounce you around off the walls, that way we won't be wasting a lot of time while you get up off the floor." --William Bendix to Alan Ladd, "The Glass Key" … [Read more...]

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