SCAMPERING THROUGH RATS' COLORFUL HISTORY. ...In 1963, Jesse Gray organized a rent strike in Harlem and asked 13,000 tenants to bring a rat to court. People brought dead rats and live rats. People dangled rats by their tails for the newspaper photographers; people displayed rats spread out on newspapers, like fresh fish they'd bought at the market, Sullivan writes.The tenants won. Dozens of buildings were repaired, and the city spent $1 million on rat extermination.more … [Read more...]

TITLE BOUT: More good titles. Here're a few I forgot:WE WERE THE MULVANEYS (no desire to read this, but love the title) THE LIFE YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN (in context) WISE CHILDREN (because it's so fluorescent!) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA A CONSUMING FIRE: THE FALL OF THE CONFEDERACY IN THE MIND OF THE WHITE CHRISTIAN SOUTH TIME ON THE CROSS: THE ECONOMICS OF AMERICAN NEGRO SLAVERYAnd here are readers' contributions. I note that many of you have tastes even gaudier than my own. I'm really not sure … [Read more...]

GOOD NEWS ROUND-UP of various pro-marriage initiatives on the state and federal level. … [Read more...]

SHEEPISH: Great sermon from Father Tucker. Excerpts:...I'd like to consider this image for a bit and see what it might mean for us in our lives as Christ's disciples. Christ is our shepherd -- our pastor -- and we are His sheep. I think, though, that our suburban notion of sheep is a bit off the mark. To most of us, a sheep is a sweet, little animal, all white and fluffy and adorable. It's almost a teddy bear in the popular imagination. Having grown up in the country, I can assure you that … [Read more...]

AMY WELBORN TALKS SENSE. (IN OTHER NEWS, WATER WET.) Excerpts from her post about Kerry and the Eucharist:Teachable moments continue to pile up.The first teachable moment is already aging--what is the Eucharist, what does it mean, what do we "say" when we approach Jesus in Eucharist?No one seems to understand this. At all.The second teachable moment regards the varying aspects of Catholic teaching. The problem with this is that without nuance, any effort immediately gets boiled down to … [Read more...]

BLAH! Sursum Corda is shuttering its doors. I understand why, but Peter's voice will definitely be missed--always a grace note amid the online cacophony. … [Read more...]

"A belief is like a guillotine: just as heavy, just as light." --Franz Kafka … [Read more...]