Evelyn Waugh’s Celebrity Ascesis

What on earth is going on in this "interview"? It is 20% actual interview, 50% psychoanalysis, and 30% inquisition. Never before have I thought, Evelyn Waugh is so patient! Fascinating, in a kind of sick way. … [Read more...]

Christianity in Three Books?

Rod Dreher asks which three books we'd use to introduce Christianity--in at least a few of its many catastrophic forms--to an open-minded reader seeking religious literacy, not conversion. You should check out his post for a better sense of what he's talking about. I pictured the ideal reader as a well-meaning American secular journalist, from a background much like my own only a lot less Jewish, who wants to know how to write fairly about Christians in the news.EDITED: Having read a bit … [Read more...]

“Telling Africa’s Story” and more from John L. Allen Jr

in the Nat Cath Reporter: Any Western journalist who's spent time in Africa knows the usual reaction when a local bumps into one of us: "Why don't you report any good news about Africa? Can't you find something to talk about beyond Africans starving or killing each other?"There's also a Catholic version of the complaint: "Can't you do any story about the church in Africa other than condoms and AIDS?"This came home for me in 2009, when Benedict XVI visited Cameroon. The trip was rich in … [Read more...]

How To Improve Mainstream Media Coverage of Abortion?

LiveAction asks the right questions, as does GetReligion. … [Read more...]

UPDATE to Mexican Drug-War Journalism Story: Plagiarism, Self-Promotion?

At least some part of this story may be false. See here and here. THANKS to GJP on Facebook. (If you try to click the Blog del Narco links here they're broken, but you can see the stories on BDN's front page and they do pretty clearly seem to be plagiarized.) … [Read more...]

“Mexico Relies on Social Media for Drug War News”: The Fix–UPDATED

reports: With most mainstream media sources silenced by fear of the drug cartels, social media has become a safer way for Mexicans to stay informed about the drug war-related violence continuing to rage throughout the country. more [UPDATE: At least some part of this story may be false. See here and here. THANKS to GJP on Facebook. (If you try to click the Blog del Narco links here they're broken, but you can see the stories on BDN's front page and they do pretty clearly seem to be … [Read more...]

I Suppose Character Assassination Is Still Better Than the Other Kind

but this little tale of the hunt for dirt on Glenn Greenwald should make you a) think of the worst or most shameful things you've ever done, b) ask yourself whether it could be reconstructed from your credit card bills, legal records, social media, security camera footage, or internet history, and then c) keep in mind that revelations about state power and secrecy are the important things, not the personal character of the people doing the revelatin'. ...So I've been fully expecting those kinds … [Read more...]


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