Low Impact Man: A Funny Take on the Unsustainability of the “Sustainable” Life

Matt Labash of The Weekly Standard has a very funny piece up called “The Adventures of Low Impact Man”.  Some of you have heard of Colin Beavan and his efforts to live what he calls a “low impact”, non-wasteful life.  Labash takes him up on his challenge and writes an often hilarious and quite lengthy [Read More...]

The Link 10.2.09: Lausanne, Glenn Beck, and Falling Abortion Support Rates

1. Have you heard of the Lausanne movement? They’re gearing up for the 2010 conference in Cape Town, South Africa.  John Stott, Billy Graham, and Francis Schaeffer were heavily involved in the 1974 gathering.  Sounds pretty cool. 2. Weekly Standard writer Noemie Emery spells out the recent troubles of our nation’s president.  Here’s a key [Read More...]

David Brooks: We Need a Moral Economic Awakening

NYT columnist David Brooks has a thoughtful column out today called “The Next Culture War” that suggests that the shameful levels of debt our country is now carrying are a moral issue.  He’s got a great point, I think, though I disagree with him on a number of matters (the “culture wars” and the issues [Read More...]

David Brooks on Kanye West, Michael Jordan, and Cultural Narcissism

In a noteworthy piece in the NYT called “High-Five Nation,” David Brooks highlights how today’s climate of cultural narcissism differs from America of the past.  (Photo of Kanye West: SunBlog) Having recently heard an old radio broadcast from the end of World War 2, he reflects on the general tone of that era: You also [Read More...]

The 100 Best Books of the Twentieth Century

I’m guessing that not many of my readers would remember this almost five-year-old list of National Review’s 100 best books of the twentieth century.  Though many blog readers are guilty of chronological snobbery, I assure you that this is a list most worthy of looking over. Here are some noteworthy selections from the list, compiled [Read More...]

A “Miracle in Harlem”

New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote a noteworthy article, entitled “The Harlem Miracle”, about an inner-city organization that has wrought considerable change in the lives of its students. The Harlem Children’s Zone, run by Geoffrey Canada (a Bowdoin alum, like myself), is doing crazy things: “The typical student entered the charter middle school, [Read More...]

David Brooks: Recession Means Cocooning (and Opportunity for the Church)

David Brooks of the New York Times and Bobos in Paradise fame on the social effect of the recession: “Finally, they will suffer a drop in social capital. In times of recession, people spend more time at home. But this will be the first steep recession since the revolution in household formation. Nesting amongst an [Read More...]


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