From Yumiko Kurahashi, “The Adventures of Sumiyakist Q”

“Everything’s permitted here, you see. I suppose one could say with the theology instructor that if God does not exist then everything is permitted; but here it doesn’t matter if God exists or if he doesn’t, since one is free to do everything. The result of making use of this freedom is that the one freedom one does not have is that of knowing what is going on.” --it's a Japanese surrealist satire of Communism; check out Helen Rittelmeyer's review here … [Read more...]

Let’s play You Should Be Grateful

When Wilde extended a hand, he made no move to take it. "Prayer is the only thing that can console you in this place, prisoner. I trust you understand that. Prayer and a true spirit of repentance." --Robert Reilly, The God of Mirrors (of which more later)There's a way of saying true things so that they become false, and a couple recent posts by Catholic women bloggers have drawn attention to one of those ways. First, here's Calah Alexander sharpening her fangs on a self-righteous article … [Read more...]

“Penelope”–wow, this is intense.

images here--bloody storytelling.... Via AC. … [Read more...]

I have, in fact, met a whole lot of girls like you before. Only better.

Just got back from the movie version of Bachelorette, which stars Kirsten Dunst. I reviewed the play version here. Some notes follow, but the most important note is: Don't see this movie. Seriously, just do not. I don't believe in advice and I rarely give it but in this case I will make an exception.That said, * Lizzy Caplan is really great! She is the only bright spot.* The movie removes one key monologue from the play (the one about "This is Marilyn Monroe!", if you've seen it) and … [Read more...]

A gnomic utterance

One of the current liberal projects is the replacement of an old legal and cultural model, in which the paradigmatic public "person" is male, with a new legal and cultural model in which the paradigmatic public person is unisex. Both of these models are damaging because the underlying vision of human nature is false.This is a gnomic utterance, rather than a real post, because I'm unsure what law and culture based on a sexed, sexually-differentiated, public person would look like. But I do … [Read more...]

Featuring Melissa McCarthy, as Life Itself

I rang in my 34th birthday watching Bridesmaids with my best friend, and I really can't think of a better form of celebration. It is a very crude movie (it opens with a graphic bad-sex scene, which is cringingly, eyes-coveringly funny and painful), hilarious and poignant, with a real generosity of spirit. None of the women are pure cartoons meant only to be laughed at. Everybody is needy and trying, in often self-defeating ways, to reach out. Both friendship and marriage, and the fears, … [Read more...]

Bikini Kill lives again!

sort of. … [Read more...]


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