First Things Gets a New Look!

A few days ago First Things editor Joseph Bottum sent a note around about a redesign of the magazine. Although I had no idea what was in store, I rejoiced at the notion. I've loved First Things for a long time for its intelligent and often challenging content, but visually the journal was a bit of a snooze.Today my copy landed in the mailbox, and it had me dancing around the foyer. First off, there's the cover - bold background with a line drawing of a reader who looks, to me, like a cross … [Read more...]

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Great Writing, Great Reading!

Julie at Happy Catholic gives us a happy plug-a-roo as tin-cup rattling week continues, and makes it clear that 50% off for a journal of First Things' caliber is nothing to sneeze at.First Things is great at writing but not so canny that they point out you are getting a half-price subscription, so as the advertising person I will do so. Dispensing with the niceties of never using whole numbers as a retailer, essentially you are spending $20 for a $40 subscription.Well, we're a little shy … [Read more...]

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Tin Cup Week for First Things

Support First Things Online!Longtime readers know that I am ever-reluctant to shake the tin cup, but First Things is looking to keep its online presence alive and thriving, and that means keeping me and Gateway Pundit, Spengler, Evangel, First Thoughts, Secondhand Smoke and the Postmodern Conservative up and running, so hear me rattle, after all!The magazine is enticing you with a limited-time offer: a one-year subscription to First Things. If you have not had the opportunity to sample the … [Read more...]

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The Permanent Scandal of the Vatican

First Things editor Joseph Bottum has a long must-read of a piece showing over at the Weekly Standard.The day the Antichrist is ripped from his papal throne, true religion will guide the world. Or perhaps it’s the day the last priest is gutted, and his entrails used to strangle the last king, as Voltaire demanded. Yes, that’s when we will see at last the reign of bright, clean, enlightened reason—the release of mankind from the shadows of medieval superstition. War will end. The proletariat wil … [Read more...]

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Dowd: Which are miserable nuns? – UPDATED

Dominican Nuns having funSo many people have written so well about Maureen Dowd's recent display of sublime ignorance on the subject of nuns and the oppressive, patriarchal church that has oppressed them and kept them down encouraged them to do and be and lead, teach, advise and build for lo these 2000 years that I really did not feel a need to comment.After all, Archbishop Timothy Dolan said it so well, in a letter to the NY Times, which they naturally declined to print, as he called Dowd … [Read more...]

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FT's expanding roster of bloggers

Recall that Jim Hoft has brought his two-fisted, highly successful blog, Gateway Pundit into the First Things fold.There is yet another very energetic endeavor in the blogroll -check out Evangel, which (as its name suggests) may be of particular interest to my Evangelical friends who are interested in both the public square and relations between churches. I'm already arguing with someone. Sigh. You know how I am.I thought we should take a quick look at all of the FT Blogs, just to stay … [Read more...]

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Welcome Gateway Pundit!

So, the big news 'round these parts, since I returned from my little getaway is that Gateway Pundit has joined the roster of First Things Blogs!I don't know any blogger who is more prolific, more passionate and more hard-working than Jim -and he keeps a busy eye on foreign news, too- so this is going to be a boon to the First Things site, and to First Things readers. More coming up about that in a bit, but first up, let's give a big howdy to Gateway Pundit (whose link from Instapundit made me … [Read more...]

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Another Mystic Monk Addict

Got a fun email today from Peter, who is obviously a very smart fella - I repost it almost in its entirety:For the last several years I’ve been a regular reader of Spengler...after he unmasked himself as David Goldman and announced he was decamping to First Things, I followed along to see what he’d be writing about as an Observant Jew contributing to a Conservative Catholic Intellectual Journal. That’s when I found your Blog and became an occasional reader. It was on your blog that I saw ment … [Read more...]

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Site Tips: Re-do tonight

Folks, just a word of caution - tonight First Things will be launching its new design, which will of course affect our happy home, here.The design is very nice; this blog will mostly look the same, but it will have a sort of grey framing around it, and archives and categories and such will be in drop windows, but it should basically feel the same for you.I'm a little concerned that some of you may experience "data error" messages or have some difficult accessing the site, particularly if you … [Read more...]

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Updates & Random stuff

NRO's Kathryn Jean Lopez twitters: Nancy Pelosi is not on the front page of the New York Times today. That's shocking even for the Times.Yes...that is pretty surprising, given what her very role as Speaker of the House seems in jeopardy; she may yet be felled by ironic twist of her own knife. With an assist by the truly ticked off CIA. Oh, what a tangled web we weave, and so forth.The Washington Post, on the other hand did manage to notice the Pelosi meltdown. It's not pretty.Moe Lane … [Read more...]

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