When SoulCycle Is Your Religion

Caught this from a shocking New York profile of the SoulCycle phenomenon, the exercise company know for “spinning” and for religious devotion to its customers. Don’t believe me? Read the article and sections like this: “I would do anything that I could to afford these rides,” says 27-year-old Jaime, who often takes thirteen classes a week (estimated [Read More...]

Will Another Ralph Reed Emerge in Evangelical Circles?

I received some interesting feedback from last Friday’s post.  Some wondered about my thoughts about Ralph Reed and the future of Christians in politics.  I am not prescient, and I am not in politics, but here are a few sketchy ideas. I would not claim allegiance to everything the Christian Coalition stood for or promoted.  [Read More...]

A Moving Essay by Joyce Carol Oates on Home

From Smithsonian magazine, and via The New Yorker, comes this elegant meditation on the concept of home from writer and Princeton University professor Joyce Carol Oates.  We are, Oates says, inextricably bound to place: Writers, particularly novelists, are linked to place. It’s impossible to think of Charles Dickens and not to think of Dickens’ London; impossible to [Read More...]

New Trends in Education That Really Aren’t New

Everything new is old again. So is the case in certain American schools, which are overturning sacred modern educational ideology by re-instituting special classes for below-average students. In “Holding Back Young Students: Is Program a Gift or a Stigma?“, Winnie Hu briefly reports on this trend and shows how it is igniting a firestorm among [Read More...]

Training a “Gospel Girl” When Every Daughter Wants to Be a “Gossip Girl”

The New Yorker has a good story on a series of books that you may or may not have heard about. They’re called the “Gossip Girl” books and they deal with a pack of tony New York prep school kids who act like, well, tony New York prep school kids. I can write that line [Read More...]


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