Learn how to use my hands, not just my head


I’m just saying that if you’re a Big Box hardware chain and you’re playing a 4-hour loop of music in your stores that includes two Indigo Girls songs, then one of those songs really ought to be “Hammer and Nail.” That’s all. I mean, duh. [Read more...]

Phlebotinum, young-Earth creationism and the willing suspension of disbelief


This bargain — the exchange of phlebotinum for our willing suspension of disbelief — is conducted by countless storytellers in the realm of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, action movies, detective stories, etc. And this same bargain is made, regularly, between young-Earth creationists and the fans of that genre of speculative fiction. Young-Earth creationism is all about phlebotinum. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” [Read more...]

But don’t ask me to explain everything


Not all of these links are about Don Henley, but a surprising number of them are. There are also some fun things from Kimberly Knight, perfectnumber628, Digby, and two members of the Ortberg clan. You can check out any links you like, but you can never leave. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 4: ‘Meet the GIRAT’


“The characters who occupy LaHaye and Jenkins’ fictional world are as oblivious, self-absorbed and incurious as L&J rely on their readers to be.” [Read more...]

You can fight City Hall (but if you take them to court, they get lawyers, too)


Fighting City Hall doesn’t automatically make you the Good Guy. But it doesn’t automatically make you the Bad Guy, either. Which kind of story is this one? Which kind of lawsuit is this one? Is City Hall the Good Guy or the Bad Guy in this case? Well, here’s what happened. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.16)

Maureen Ryan on the cesspool of online misogyny; Atrios says the same thing he always says about the deficit; Jerry Seinfeld gets an award; Paul Waldman makes a sad, but likely, prediction; and Ta-Nehisi Coates is an outlaw. [Read more...]

Every shadow in my suitcase is restless now


The owls are not what they seem, plus: a horrific tune from Hillsong, congrats KC, “Calvary” vs. “Left Behind,” Wheaton College SVU, and signs of the End Times. [Read more...]