Meyer: Why We Hate Us

Through his columns, first at CBS and now at NPR, Dick Meyer has provided this site with so many interesting jumping-off points that I've given him his own category. I believe he is the only writer besides Chesterton to gain that dubious distinction, but, I digress.Several times over the past few weeks, I have mentioned the upcoming release of his book, Why We Hate Us; American Discontent in the New Millennium; it was released yesterday, and good for all of us that it was.In his recent … [Read more...]

Obama: "President of the World?" – UPDATED

"The Ambiguously American Candidate." That's what I thought yesterday when I saw this photo.It is striking to note that Obama's plane flys around the world sporting an iiiiittty bitty American flag (out of camera range when he walks down to tarmacs) and many prominent O symbols. I wrote to a pal yesterday:"A tiny little flag near the serial numbers, the big Obama symbol everywhere - including, apparently, on HIS seat in first class.It's starting to really make me uncomfortable. Obama … [Read more...]

Scanning the Sphere: quick hits

Found in the mailbox: No One Sees God; The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak.Which reminds me, this is the best book I've read this year, reviewed here and here.We're painting another bedroom (I love it when my husband takes some vacation time) so here are some quick hits - follow the links, they're all good:From the Dept. of Obama's gotta learn to lighten up!: I can't believe the brouhaha over the New Yorker cover! Remember when Kilborn put the "Snipers Wanted" logo on … [Read more...]

George Willing America Right

I teased you about it last week, because I was just enjoying the book so much, but now my formal review is up at Inside Catholic.Excerpted: His baseball columns leave the idea running about one's head that perhaps "the game" -- inclusive, singular, and daily renewed by inches -- is a perfect metaphor for America itself.Will does not use his pen like a Louisville Slugger, pounding those thoughts into the reader's head; he merely guides the reader's reason with the understated elegance of … [Read more...]

Meyer & Shana: Blaming vs Growing Up

I label Dick Meyer as an "omni-spective." He is an educated, urbane "DC-NY-corridor" secularist who defies the stereotype of snobbish insularity. He is introspective and also outwardly mega-observant; he doesn't just peer at a surface, but looks into and around everything - hence my label.Meyer recently left CBS News and headed to NPR and he has taken his Against the Grain column with him. Today's piece is a good 'un you will want to read. I have a few small quibbles with it - as usual - … [Read more...]

Will: Perfect reading in this season

Sorry so quiet - among other distractions, I found I could not put this collection of essays down, as George Will discusses everything from William F. Buckley (to whom the book is dedicated) to past and present members of the class political (and how they governed their own lives as well as others) - he writes about the early days of tv journalism, about how politicos on both sides of the fence used to be able to look past party to see human beings, about education, common sense, baseball, … [Read more...]

Quick hits from the Insomniac

The good thing about insomnia: in the wee small hours, you get caught up on your blogging and finally have time to link to all those things you've been meaning to. Got some email answered, too. Please forgive me if I have not responded; I try, but lately there is so much of it, that some does slip through the cracks.Happy 5th Anniversary: to American Digest. Vanderleun seems inclined to his couch for the summer. Not a bad idea as we gear up for what promises to be an eventful autumn … [Read more...]

Your Daily Chesterton

"There are two ways of dealing with nonsense in this world. One way is to put nonsense in the right place; as when people put nonsense into nursery rhymes. The other is to put nonsense in the wrong place; as when they put it into educational addresses, psychological criticisms, and complaints against nursery rhymes." -- G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News 10-15-21 … [Read more...]

7 Great Minutes: George Will and Stephen Colbert

I missed this when it ran, but thank goodness for the internet. Here are 7 minutes and 13 seconds that you want to see go on forever.Mild-mannered, brilliant George Will manages in one segment to torpedo the whole sterotype of the wild-Christianist conservative trying to control everyone else" and manages to stump, amuse and impress the pretty-bright Colbert in the process.Doubtless some will nitpick on the imperfections of Will's 7 minutes ("why didn't he discuss this, why did he let … [Read more...]

Jim Martin and raucous Happy Catholic

Fr. Jim Martin ends his book tour today at Julie's place, and they're pretty lively over there - the conversation is a bit of a free-for-all with security called in and several Martin fans being wrestled to the ground for their own safety! Go join in! … [Read more...]