Things We Hate About Air Travel

The first idea was to title this post “Things I Hate About Air Travel,” but that seems too limited. Here are a few of my “hates” about the horrors of modern TSA-dominated air travel. Readers are invited to share their own in comments. Check-in: Theoretically this has gotten easier in the past few years as [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Alice Sullivan & Real Clear Religion

Alice Sullivan, for those Jeremy Lott’s Diary readers who don’t know her, is a Nashville based editor who worked on a few of my books when she was at Thomas Nelson and still serves as a well trained ear for my longer writing projects. She’s also a friend who is enjoying — oh let’s call [Read More...]

There Goes My Superman Hearing

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Your diarist is about to sign off and head down to Seattle for the day to watch a Mariners game with Mum, Dad, the kid brother and several relatives rarely heard from. The only thing that could put a damper on things is what appears to be an inner ear infection. The right ear is [Read More...]

Jeremy Lott, R.I.P.

One of the problems with Googling yourself — an occupational necessity in the modern word business — is, occasionally you get news of your death. The latest Jeremy Lott to go caught a fatal bullet in Buffalo, New York “on the 1200 block of Fillmore Avenue” according to WIVB.com. [Read more...]

Akin Not Stirred?

When Todd Akin this week vowed to fight on for a Missouri Senate seat, despite the media fallout from Rapegate, he was making a deliberate gamble. He thinks Claire McCaskill is a very vulnerable opponent and the storm will blow over. He may be right on the first point. Take a look at the Real [Read More...]

Explaining the Millennial Meltdown

Baylor’s Research on Religion podcast this week features a long interview with your diarist. This is the second time I’ve been on host Anthony “Tony” Gill’s program (first time here). There’s too much there to even try to unpack in one blogpost, so I’ll stick to one item: the declining church attendance of younger Americans. [Read More...]

Some Days I Love My Job…

… and this is one of the good days. Take a gander at some of the Real Clear Books headlines I cooked up for today’s update: [Read more...]

Is Neo-Romneycare a New Word?

The restricted Google search that I just did indicates it might be. I coined the term in today’s Real Clear Books update to describe Mitt Romney’s approach to healthcare. I couldn’t use “Romneycare,” obviously because a) it is the program that Romney passed while governor of Massachusetts but effectively no longer advocates; and b) it’s [Read More...]

Alpaca and Omega

Wretched start to the morning. Saturday is my one day off — barring catastrophe. So of course a little after 5 this morning, Real Clear Policy co-editor Joe Lawler informed me, via text because good luck getting a call through right now, that he and about a million other residents of the DC Metro area [Read More...]

The Curse of Wordcounts

Matthew Lee Anderson attempted to reply to my post on his theology of the body piece but for some reason the Patheos comment apparatus locked him out. So he e-mailed it to me. Here’s what he had to say for himself: The short version [for why I didn't namecheck John Paul II] is that I [Read More...]


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