Defleshing Rituals and Boiled Brains

It’s Monday morning, and we all know what that means: stories about ancient defleshing rituals and 4000-year-old brains. Let’s start with the defleshing, since it’s a word I just don’t get to use enough any more: Archaeologists have recently published in the International Journal of Osteoarcheology, a full report on the discovery of early Holocene [Read More...]

HealthCare.gov In Three Images

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So first my screen was all like… And then it was all like… And then I was all like… Here’s something you should know: I.T. is not frigging rocket science. It’s no cakewalk to create a system for a nationwide program based on a law so complex no one who voted for it ever read [Read More...]

The People of God in Joy and Sorrow

The sky early this morning was a terrible-beautiful slate gray, shot through with black. A cold mist seemed to hang in the air, threatening rain. I don’t complain about days like this. Incessant sunshine is intolerable. Blue skies and spring flowers are sweet and lovely, but give me the grays and ambers of autumn any [Read More...]

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

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?

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

That's one large Balzac (by Rodin)

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...]


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