Happy New Year, etc.


It’s the first of the month, rent is due. Here’s some holiday links, including: That werewolf story wasn’t actually about werewolves; RIP Edward Herrmann; the petulance of New York’s Whiniest; Season 6 of ‘The Wire,’ again; and Hurray for the Riff Raff (the band, that is, but also as a general principle). [Read more...]


Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara as Quasimodo and Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939).

Are sacred spaces recognized as refuges because they are sacred? Or are they sacred because they are recognized as places of refuge? Are they able to stand against the Powers That Be because they are holy? Or are they holy because they stand against the Powers That Be? [Read more...]

I’m a little too young to introspect


Monday Night Linkage, including: Republican House leader says he didn’t realize white-supremacist group was a white-supremacist group when he accepted their invitation; “spiritual” as a Christian euphemism for unserious and non-binding; keeping out the outsiders still not an effective strategy for church growth; Werewolves of Buenos Aires; plus a few of my favorite things. [Read more...]

The Bible is clearly ambiguous, but not that kind of ambiguous


The problem is not that the Bible is lacking in clear, definitive, categorical statements. The problem is that the Bible offers too many of them and they do not all agree. [Read more...]

January 1, 2015 — Email Jubilee


Matt Inman in right — Email is a Monster. And lately the monster has been winning. I need a reset, a fresh start, a blank slate. I need an empty inbox. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. What I need — what many of us need, I’m guessing — is a Jubilee. We need a new start for the new year. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.28)

Michelle Conlin on how even black cops are made to fear the police; Ta-Nehisi Coates on the true agents of violence by police; Brittney Cooper and George Orwell on the enduring white fear of black rage. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Philippians is one of the earliest books of the New Testament, so what we have here from the Apostle Paul is probably the earliest version of the Nativity story. [Read more...]

A solo drive to a holiday weekend


Some Friday links for the unfortunate few who may be reading this at work today, including: remembering a catastrophe; an old joke, nicely updated; the DOJ fights for pregnant teachers; the song of the hyrax; an apocryphal Christmas; the immeasurable suckitude of payday lenders; and the witness of Dolly Parton. [Read more...]