Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 59: ‘Tin Men’


Tim & Jerry are laughing all the way to the bank. They’re reaping millions from these slapdash books without putting in the effort that even a semi-competent novel would require, the effort that their readers deserve. (Jenkins has said that each of the books in the series took him about 28 days to write.) This is a form of stealing. [Read more...]

Cursed be anyone who deprives the refugee of justice


This is not history. This is today. It’s right now. And all the horrified students who have read the histories of the 20th century and asked “How could they …? Why did they …?” Are seeing the answer, played out live, on TV and on the campaign trail. This is how they could and how they did. This is how that happened. This is how that is happening. [Read more...]

Light a little light down here


We have a very confused azalea bush in our back yard. Also: Ben Carson loses Vermont; the Black Tax on car insurance, confirmed; within weeks they’ll be reopening the shipyard; frozen cave lion cubs; and a vintage sit-com that seems ripe for reinvention. [Read more...]

Google says that Google+ is fetchin’ — here’s what would make it work


For a few glorious weeks in the early 21st century, we had this thing called “Trackback.” It was terrific. You’d write something on your blog or website and it would ferret out any other blog posts or websites engaging with that content. It spawned links and conversations and cross-pollinations that would never have otherwise occurred. It got us talking — and listening. [Read more...]

A million sad stories on the side of the road


How to have a more authentic, abundant faith in the redeeming power of bombs and hand grenades. Plus: A bombshell DEET-free mosquito repellant; Jordan Anderson’s epic mic-drop; a Calvinist limerick; and the strange-but-true career of a 19th-century ex-Mormon professional Indian. [Read more...]

My sweet embraceable you


“As Blanche rattled off song titles, LaVey doodled away on two or three of his keyboards at once: ‘Somebody Loves Me,’ ‘Embraceable You,’ even ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ … He finished his medley with a great flourish and looked up. ‘Gershwin was a good Satanist,’ he said.” [Read more...]

Going back in time to kill Verlensky as an infant


The recent wave of discussion about whether or not to go back in time to kill baby Hitler really doesn’t have anything to do with the contingencies and mechanics of time travel. It has to do with the contingencies and mechanics of killing — of violence. Could we fix everything if we just made sure to kill the right people? [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“If a man meets a virgin who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her, and they are caught in the act, the man who lay with her shall give fifty shekels of silver to the young woman’s father, and she shall become his wife. Because he violated her he shall not be permitted to divorce her as long as he lives.” [Read more...]