LBCF, No. 108: ‘Dead man’s messages’

I’ve seen Left Behind described as a “page-turner,” but you’d have to be turning those pages really, really fast for any of this to seem to make sense. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.17)

Celia Riley, Seth Stevenson, and Jonathan Martin respond to the election. Ruth Ben-Ghiat on looking squarely at the things we’d rather not see. Maria Konnikova on why it’s so hard to tell victims they’ve been conned. [Read more…]

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I know politics bore you

Things are not normal. We need to say that and keep saying that. So here’s a version of the previously normal round-up for our abnormal times, including: saving Bonhoeffer from America; how “populist” authoritarianism turned corrupt in Italy, deadly in the Philippines; some good advice on passports; and the Jersey-est story of the week. [Read more…]

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Tech support

Disqus Tech Support: “I suppose if there were a total narcissist and misanthrope who was nonetheless desperate for human connection — someone who’d been deprived of love and meaningful relationships since childhood, some stalker-ish obsessive immune to the basic social skills we’ve all learned since birth, someone utterly incapable of even the simplest of social interactions — it’s possible that some such tiny minority of warped individuals would exploit the simple work-arounds in our technically inadequate ban feature. …” [Read more…]

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A gut-check

The point of revisiting this well-known thought experiment here is not to argue, debate or persuade. It’s not about taking sides but about watching ourselves respond so that we can try to get a better handle on what it is that does or does not trouble our conscience, a better sense of the alignment between head and heart. A gut-check. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Shake off the dust from your feet as you leave.” [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (11.11)

When I saw people tweeting the lyrics of “Everybody Knows,” I thought it was because they were so apt and incisive in this moment of history. Took me a while to realize it was because Leonard Cohen had died. Also: Adam Serwer on the media and Trump’s lies; John Scalzi on package deals; Masha Gessen on the man who ran for autocrat, and won; and words I needed from W.H. Auden. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 107: ‘Hot property’

Jimmy Bats is because Jimmy’s a meth-head so he never sleeps. He’s up all night. Like a bat. It’s not ’cause of that thing he does with his eyes and it’s not because of what he did to that guy behind Cramer’s. He did that with a pool cue. [Read more…]

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