Cutting the Cable: Why to Do It, How to Do It

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Last May, we cut cable TV service to the house for the first time in 22 years. I was going to crow about it then, with an “Oh look at me, how unworldly I am” kind of post, but then I realized that a summer without cable really isn’t that big a deal, and decided [Read More...]

Giant Nazi Rabbits

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Look, it’s Monday morning. You don’t really want to read my meditations on Habakkuk or the umpteenth “Pope Francis Says Stuff, Much of It Quite Awesome, Some of It a Bit Daffy” post. You want to hear about Heinrich Himmler’s plan to use slave labor to breed giant rabbits in order to provide fur to [Read More...]

Who Is the Most Least-Privileged?

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And the Winner of the Check Your Privilege Tournament is … … the homeless. They got my vote. No one in this country is regarded with as much contempt and fear as the homeless. Since it’s an economic and social state, I assume you can stack your lack-of-privilege. Black, Muslim, gay, and homeless might seem [Read More...]

Balzac on Coffee

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Something light for Friday: Honore de Balzac offering a brisk, entertaining little essay on the vile yet beautiful bean. Having pushed through a coffee-fueled jag in order to finish a large magazine supplement last month, I can relate. It left me weird and irritable. Since I’m not sure how long the hosting site will remain [Read More...]

The “Jesus’s Wife” Hoax: One Year Later

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One year ago, I was writing about a scholar who had produced a fragment of papyrus that allegedly contained a reference to the “wife” of Jesus. The fragment was of dubious provenance and even more questionable content, and the professor–Karen L. King of Harvard University–had produced a singularly unimpressive body of work, largely on Gnostic [Read More...]

Daniel Mitsui Needs Your Prayers

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Daniel Mitsui is a Catholic artist I’ve admired for years, and now his family could use your prayers: My daughter, Alma Hildegard Mitsui, was born at 7:14 on Wednesday, 25 September. She is in the Neonatal Intenive Care Unit, and will likely remain there for a long time. She was born at 25 weeks and [Read More...]

Comment Moderation On

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Some of the haters are back playing in the comboxes, so I’m putting moderation on and leaving it on for the foreseeable future. Since I’m sick, this will mean a delay in approving comments or wishing you away to the cornfield. [Read more...]

Parsing Francis, Shepherd of a Lost Sheep UPDATED

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Another week, another Pope Francis interview to set the internet atwitter. I liked it better when a quiet little German scholar issued clear and carefully structured catechetical lessons instead of free-ranging, off-the-cuff interviews with a hostile press. But then, the church isn’t here to make me comfortable. In fact, she’s here for the opposite purpose.  [Read More...]


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