THE MORE I HEAR ABOUT LUXURY BARGES, THE BETTER DEATH SEEMS: Nice, spoiler-free review of The Secret History (Tartt, not Procopius). Some quick thoughts: 1) re "places and seasons," the moment I knew I loved this book was the description of Richard's heatless winter in Vermont. 2) re ancient vs modern, I thought the clash between the class reading and the weekend parties was brilliant--showed us people seeking some kind of ekstasis, across the centuries, but also showed how degraded this ideal … [Read more...]

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HOW FUNNY, A BED; A BED, HOW FUNNY: It took me a few days to be so obsessed with this that I finally Googled it; but now I know: Eiluned Price = Strong Poison. Eglantine Price = Bedknobs and Broomsticks.You should read both. Even though I'm kind of fed up with Dorothy Sayers now, and have been for a few years--with the exception of The Documents in the Case, which features neither Peter "I Have Fallen in Love With My Creation" Wimsey nor Harriet "And So I Wrote Myself Into This Story" Vane. … [Read more...]

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JESUS PRAYER: Mark R. writes: I had spent time in a Byzantine Catholic parish and attended a Byz. Cath. seminary for one year. Now I mainly attend Latin rite services. I do not think there would be much of a differing point of view re. the Jesus prayer between East and West. Since it is mainly a product of the East it is pretty much interpreted and approached in the context of Eastern sprituality. (That said, it must be emphasized that in the East...especially among the schismatic Orthodox there … [Read more...]

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DEATH AND TARIFFS: "Tsunami-hit Thais told: Buy six planes or face EU tariffs." Via The Corner.And: "Less than two weeks after a 40-foot wave flattened massive swaths of Southeast Asia, the United States slapped a tariff on millions of dollars worth of seafood imports from India and Thailand. As the federal government promised $350 million, and private citizens pledged even more, the message to surviving shrimp farmers was clear: Have our marines, our pity, and our cash, but for the love of … [Read more...]

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THE ROMANCE OF ERRATA: Some notes on the big gender post below.1--I think that post focuses too much on pregnancy as a risk, rather than a reward. That doubtless reflects my volunteer job and my general bachelorette lifestyle, among other things. But the post should have had a much more positive view of pregnancy and childbearing.2--Jim Henley is overreading me, here, though that's partly my fault--the last para. of my post is really unclear, sorry. The post isn't a persuasive argument … [Read more...]

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COMPARE AND CONTRAST. Via Andrew Sullivan. … [Read more...]

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You think you're young and original; get out before They get to watch your blog...First: That piece on Roe at 25 I posted below is by the National Review editors, not Ramesh Ponnuru. Very sorry--fixed now.<em>Reading Lolita in Tehran to be a movie (third-to-last paragraph). Via Dave Tepper, who adds, "And Shoreh Aghdashloo rocks not only my world, but all possible worlds."Spirit of America is sponsoring an Iraqi election blog project. Via The Corner."The other half of the story: … [Read more...]

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