Do the blogwatch! Out in the parking lot, Do the blogwatch, Yeah you stomp stomp stomp stomp stomp...Dave Tepper: His report on our abstract-art conversation. (I don't understand how his permalinks work, so you'll have to scroll down to "Scenes from a Thai Restaurant.") More on this soonish.Grotesque Anatomy: Silver Age hilarity. "Before I hit the water, I'll dance the cha-cha-cha -- wave my cape like a flag -- then finish the dive while saluting with one paw!""It's silly, but I actually … [Read more...]

"Most of what are usually thought of as the legal benefits of marriage are really gifts with strings attached. Or maybe strings with gifts attached." --Jonathan Rauch, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for AmericaI'm going to refrain (mostly) from arguing with this book until I've finished it, so I figured I'd quote you a true and nicely-put bit instead of one of the more problematic bits. I will note that if Rauch doesn't start talking about sex soon, instead … [Read more...]

LAW AND WHAT I'VE BEEN THINKING: So I maybe get a bit aggressive on the subject of nonrepresentational art. Tepper provided by far the most interesting explanation of its appeal that I've heard so far. I will share with you all and see a) what you think of it and b) whether you agree with me that this seems like a very legal approach to art. (That's neither an insult nor a compliment.)I have found it hard to see the point of very abstract art. You know: what I called, talking to Tepper, "the … [Read more...]

OUTSIDE OVER THERE: Today was as social for me as all of last week put together.... Ran into Shamed on the way to the coffeeshop; got a letter from Ratty; then ran into Tepper at Jonathan Rauch's book talk and had a wonderful conversation of which slightly more presently.Also, taxes are done. TurboTax: Because numbers frighten me. Apparently the government does not want people to be entrepreneurs. This year I filed no W2s, only 1099s, and let me tell you, I can't believe that horrible thing … [Read more...]

Blogwatch, it's not a blogwatch so you feel a bit insulted...Camassia on blogging and faith: "Book learning is, I'm sure, deeper than blogging for people who already have had in-person experience with faith and church. But for those outside, with no idea where to start, blogging is a much better way in."If Telford had never started his blog, not only would I never have met him, I most likely would never have met anyone like him."Family Scholars: Beautiful post from Elizabeth Marquardt … [Read more...]

"If the scientist is the prince of the post-religious age, lord and sovereign of the Cosmos itself through his transcendence of it, the artist is the suffering servant of the age, who, through his own transcendence and his naming of the predicaments of the self, becomes rescuer and savior not merely to his fellow artists but to his fellow sufferers." --Lost in the Cosmos; I only wish you could read this line in its full context so you could hear the self-irony and steel. Walker Percy is one of … [Read more...]

WALLOWING WEDNESDAY: I actually haven't been wallowing all that much (relatively speaking). But this week's Poetry Wednesday feature would suggest otherwise. Here, have some Housman, doubtless you deserve it for your sins. (I love this poem.)I to my perils Of cheat and charmer Came clad in armor By stars benign;Hope lies to mortals And most believe her, But man's deceiver Was never mine.The thoughts of others Were light and fleeting, Of lovers' meeting Of luck or fame;Mine were of … [Read more...]