DO YOU ABUSE LITERATURE? How many of these apply to you?1. I have read fiction when I was depressed or to cheer myself up. 2. I have gone on reading binges of an entire book or more in a day. ... 6. Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read novels. 7. Sometimes I rewrite film or television dialog as the characters speak. 8. I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book nearby. ... 11. I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I have … [Read more...]

"Suspicions, conjectures, deductions--seven years of married life had made such things second nature to him and he often thought that he had had enough practice at home to turn him into a first-class detective." --Anton Chekhov, "His Wife" … [Read more...]


THE OLD OLIGARCH WILL LOVE THIS: "I'm tangentially reminded of what a friend in Santa Barbara would say when he ran into really hard-core relativist types. Eric was very much into the intellectual end of neo-paganism, so this wasn't an infrequent sort of encounter. When someone started going on about how everyone construct their own subjective religious experience, Eric would get todally deadpan and say, 'I'm glad that works for you.' When asked what he meant, he'd explain that in his practice, … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW WITH ALVEDA KING: Martin Luther King's niece; she'll be speaking at the Silent No More gathering of post-abortive women as part of the March for Life. Excerpts follow:My uncle said, "The Negro cannot win if he is willing to sell the future of his children for his personal and immediate comfort and safety."Where he said, "Negro," I add, "America." America cannot win, humanity cannot win, people cannot win, if we will sell the future of our children for our personal and immediate … [Read more...]

COURAGE GUY SPEAKS AT GEORGETOWN THIS FRIDAY: I can't go, but you should. There's a good basic piece on Christ, eros, love, and same-sex attraction at that link, to give you a sense of what this guy does. … [Read more...]

OXBLOG LINKFEST, in re democratization and liberalization in the Middle East. As always, well worth your time, although this post seems a bit sloppy in its casual equivalence of "democratization" and "liberalization." … [Read more...]