An Apologia for Tentavism

I tend to rag on postmodernism leading to relativism, so, to see a much more charitable description, you should pop over to Christian H's blog to read his apologia. [O]ne of the recurrent complaints my peers and I had about some of our English Masters classes was that, at the end of it all, we were afraid of making any positive statements. All we were doing was problematizing. But when all positive statements seem to do damage (to women, to Asian Canadian populations, to First Nations p … [Read more...]

Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

There's always been more fiction than explicit philosophy on this blog and, in C.S. Lewis's Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories, he puts his finger on why I like sidling up on meaning of life questions in this way.  Lewis is discussing various subtypes of science fiction -- starting with the ones where plot and character take a back seat to the author showing you a clever engineering problem and ending up here: In all these the impossibility is, as I have said, a postulate. Something to be g … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Report Bugs

As you've noticed, Disqus is now the commenting system here at Unequally Yoked and across all of Patheos.  The higher ups have migrated nearly all old comments through, but anything you posted here over about the last two days is still being transferred in the mop up import.  New comments will stay up.As we're all adjusting, please use this post for three kinds of comments:Bug Reports - things that are wrong with the new Disqus set-up (can't post, comments not showing up, etc) Feature … [Read more...]

7 Konigsburg Takes (4/26/13)

--- 1 --- E.L. Konigsburg passed away this week, so this whole sequence of Takes is going to be an appreciation of her books, especially my four favorites: The View from Saturday, About the B'nai Bagels, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.And here's how that last one opens: Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away. That is, running away in the heat of anger with a … [Read more...]

The rule of my heart is mine! And no other’s!

In the Patheos Hindu channel, Ambaa gives her perspective on Jedis and gnosticism, inspired by the same essay by Brother Humbert that prompted me to write "Emotional Weapons for a More Indifferent Age." Ambaa explains that there's a middle road between abandoning emotions and abandoning yourself to them. Quoth she: I don’t think Hinduism calls for anyone, even ascetics, to not have emotions. But a practiced monk can see the emotions playing out over his psyche and know that they are shifting a … [Read more...]

Pardon me, are you using that education?

In The Guardian, Keli Goff has some harsh words for women in my demographic who become stay at home mothers. In "Female Ivy League graduates have a duty to stay in the workforce" she writes: But in the long run, degrees from competitive institutions should serve as more than modern day charm school or debutante diplomas. Sadly, it appears some women and men see them as such, simply a piece of paper to affirm that a woman is good spouse material for yet another man to use his Harvard Law degree … [Read more...]

The Sin of Inconvenience

I'd like to highlight a couple comments from the quite long thread on Babies on a Plane! My original intent wasn't to shame people for being bothered by screaming babies. There are few people who enjoy the sound of a human in distress (of any age), and we would be a little concerned about someone who was unmoved or pleased to hear someone cry.  My objection wasn't to the NYT letter writer being uncomfortable, but the tone of entitlement in her note that suggested the presence of a baby was an … [Read more...]


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