“I Would Like to Send You a Memory”

ok yes, there's some really great stuff here--I thought it would be glurgy or hipster but it is really neither of those things: The more I looked, the more I found. And I discovered that, secretly, the YouTube comment box had become the strangest and most wonderful place on the internet. A place that was fascinating, endlessly moving, and heartbreakingly human. "The hustle was sexy and graceful," and other moments of joy, penitence, grief, war, love, and growing up. … [Read more...]

“A Catholic Dog,” 1877!

Via Pat McNamara. I know we're supposed to be all unsentimental and stuff, but I eat this kind of thing up--just not on Fridays! … [Read more...]

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...]

“Sorry for (Communist) Partying”: I review “After the Revolution”

at AmCon: The engine which runs “After the Revolution,” a play by Amy Herzog that will show at Theater J (the theater of Washington’s Jewish Community Center) through October 6, is a generations-old betrayal: A fledgling leftist activist from a family of Communist Jews learns that her much-honored grandfather spied for the Soviet Union during World War II and then perjured himself in front of HUAC denying it.The revelation shatters Emma Joseph’s trust in her family and in her own righteo … [Read more...]

Feast of Sts Cosmas and Damien

who were brothers, and doctors who treated poor patients without requiring payment. This is something my grandfather did also, and in fact one of my relatives recently received an email from a man who remembered how my grandfather had treated his family. So if you pray, and if you pray to saints, please pray for Sts Cosmas and Damien's intercession for the soul of Leonard Tushnet. … [Read more...]

Convention of Ex-Slaves in 1916

Just fascinating, via Ghosts of DC. … [Read more...]

“Ages of Revolution: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?”

This is super-neat. Probably via Jesse Walker. … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X