7 Quick Takes (4/4/14)

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--- 1 --- Scott of Slate Star Codex posted a short story this week which I greatly recommend and do not want to spoil.  It's called "The Study of Anglophysics."  Go enjoy yourselves. --- 2 --- Scott's story is science-fictional, but there's a possible deity lurking in it (of an odd sort).  Meanwhile, back here at Patheos, Will Duquette has an interesting essay up on fantasy writing, specifically Christian fantasy. Much fantasy fiction, perhaps counter-intuitively, also assumes the … [Read more...]

Asperger’s and the Arts

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Hot on the heels of that excellent NYT piece on the autistic boy whose family learned to communicate with him through Disney, there's a really wonderful essay up on Medium by Rachel Edidin on storytelling, empathy, and the difficulty of communication.  There are a lot of passages I'd be inclined to blockquote, but I'll stick to just these two: My homework this week has been to look at the very few relationships in which I feel comfortable talking about my feelings—especially negative … [Read more...]

A Saint to Sow With

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This month, the saint I drew from Jen Fulwiler's randomizer was Saint Clare of Montefalco. Since yesterday I linked to the pranks that the Dominicans and Jesuits were playing on each other, I was a little amused to find out that there was a long running squabble about whether St Clare is a saint in the Franciscan or Augustinian tradition.  It appears that, when she was younger, she was a third order Franciscan, but, by the time she discerned her vocation as a nun, she joined an Augustinian … [Read more...]