May 18, 2012 9:28pm

Look, as far as Christopher Hitchens goes… He was a dishonest person. A dishonest writer. Interested in self-promotion, in self-congratulation. That is what his work is about. His mode is self-promotion and his theme is self-congratulation and I think that is all there is to his writing. Of course he was very smart — it’s no compliment to call a writer smart, you have to be smart to be a writer. It’s like saying a carpenter is good with her hands, it’s a sine qua non. Or like saying a sprinter is … [Read more...]

Debut at "Contending Modernities"

Contending Modernities is a weblog hosted by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and affiliated with Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project, housed in their Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs. I just published my first piece for them: “Beneath the Healthcare Wars: Difficult questions about living and dying.” It was stimulated by the FUS healthcare story, but goes in a different, more fundamental direction. Thanks for reading; … [Read more...]

Dear FUS: one of these things is not like the other

My alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, has been in the news lately. They’ve been skewered and adulated by the two, predictable sides of every news story for discontinuing their student healthcare coverage. Their main published reason for doing so is out of concern for participating “in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.” However, in the same week, FUS honored former CIA Director (during the Bush … [Read more...]

Interesting Things to Read

Why I Still Write Poetry by Charles Simic, New York Review of Books. The New Communism: Resurrecting the Utopian Delusion by Alan Johnson, World Affairs. Archive of Hemingway’s Newspaper Reporting Reveals Novelist in the Making by Kate Rix, Open Culture (with several fascinating links to intriguing primary texts). Short Cuts (or, as @sarahemilyduff put it: what Aristotle and a goat in a suit have to do with the assassination of JFK) by Christian Lorentzen, London Review of Books. … [Read more...]

May 16, 2012 9:29pm

Link:Here is a reprise story/comment (with some, but not enough, editing) on the FUS student healthcare story at the National Catholic Register. … [Read more...]

Gig to-night

Reminder: Sam Bennett will be playing tonight (with yours truly on drums) at 4055 North College Ave, Indianapolis. The show is free/donation. I’d love to see some of you there. Warning: there may be hipsters present. … [Read more...]

May 16, 2012 7:53am

Link:This article is about my alma mater (Franciscan University of Steubenville) and their dissenting decision to stop the student requirement to carry health insurance, which will not carry a student healthcare option. I added a comment to it too. … [Read more...]

The three most important books I’ve read

Augustine’s Confessions, Ray Monk’s biography of Ludwig Wittgenstein (The Duty of Genius), and Miles Davis’ autobiography. Religion, philosophy, jazz, and so, so much more! … [Read more...]

A dream

I had a dream that I found an amazing three-piece suit while shopping at Goodwill (as I like to do). It was dark grey, made of wool, with an understated pinstripe and a slightly retro fit, in a classic sort of way. Then, all of a sudden, I was wearing the pants had the jacket but realized that one of the employees took the vest (which was VERY stylish and made the whole suit). Damn. … [Read more...]

May 15, 2012 3:39am

Poster for the Wednesday gig with Sam Bennett. Come on out if you’re nearby! … [Read more...]


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