Engagement, A Bibliography

On Easter Sunday, my boyfriend proposed to me at Belvedere Castle in Central Park.And I feel the best way to invite you all into my joy is to share the bibliography of our courtship -- the favorite books we asked each other to read, the books we read for the first time together, the books it turned out we had both already loved. A Sense of Direction by William BallA Severe Mercy by Sheldon VanaukenArcadia by Tom StoppardBed and Board: Plain Talk About Marriage by … [Read more...]

Dwelling In Wounds To Hide From Grace

I really enjoyed seeing a broadcast of Kenneth Brannagh's The Winter's Tale (and, if the taped version becomes more widely available, I highly recommend it). I'd only seen it once before, and one thing that changed for me when I saw this new one was that I couldn't simply see Paulina as a pure heroine anymore.In The Winter's Tale, the king falsely believes his wife to be unfaithful, and he hounds her (he thinks) to death and orders her infant exposed to the elements. Paulina is the one who … [Read more...]

7QT: The Peculiar Virtues of Daredevil, Pool Table Mechanics, and Silly Names

--- 1 --- I didn't even know that there existed pay-to-play pool tables, but I was really happy to watch this short video on how the machinery inside manages to return the cue ball to you when you sink it, but divert all the other balls to a locked chamber, waiting for the next game.--- 2 --- Ngozi of Check, Please! (a hockey-and-friendship comic) has an explainer on how she learned to draw fingers that's a lot less complex than the magnetized pool table. --- 3 --- And when it comes to … [Read more...]

7QT: Making swords, long eggs, and “curatorially unsound” decisions

--- 1 --- I already loved A Capella Science's "Outbound Probe" and now I've been dancing around to "LIGO Feel That Space," a relyricization of "I Can't Feel My Face" that's about the discovery of gravitational waves.--- 2 --- I love nerdy fandoms, but I'm still snickering a little bit at the fact that the shirt that Colin Firth wore in Pride and Prejudice is coming to the Folger Shakespeare Library for an exhibit.  But it's worth it if only to read this suggestion for the proper way to d … [Read more...]

Stats & Chat about the primaries with In The Arena

Last week, I was a guest on In The Arena to talk about the aftermath of Super Tuesday and to look ahead to Second Super Tuesday.  (Is that what we've agreed to call it? Has anyone reached out to Merry and Pippin for comment?).  You can check out my segment (and my stats) below.And although I can't fault you for being a little tired of takes on the election (and the electorate) I want to strongly recommend Ivan Plis's examination of evangelical support for Trump for National Interest. By … [Read more...]

Oy gevalt, here’s some spiritual reading

I'm tuckered out from liveblogging last night's debate for work, so no quick takes this week. Instead, I'd like to send you over to Catherine Addington's tumblr for an excellent reflection on the Transfiguration.  Here's the part that really struck me. (The quoted bit is from St. Francis de Sales, the next bit is from Catherine).Let me remark first of all that in eternal felicity we will know each other, since in this little spark of it which the Savior gave to His Apostles He willed that … [Read more...]

Pinning down *which* error is made in this adultery advice

I love reading Mallory Ortberg at The Toast, and, while I was reading through her chat with Longreads on her favorite advice columns, I wound up reading this response by Ijeoma Oluo to an advice seeker wondering if she was obliged to not be "the other woman" out of solidarity for the wife of the man who wanted to sleep with her. Here's part of Oluo's reply: You are your own person all the time, and you are solely responsible for your decisions. Does this mean that a woman shouldn’t feel bad if s … [Read more...]


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