Celebrate the New Year by reading Black Lamb, Grey Falcon!

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My family often celebrates New Year's Eve by watching a very long movie (i.e. Gandhi) on New Year's Eve, when we're committed to staying up to finish it.If you'd like to pick up that tradition but in a literary vein, why not welcome in the new year while reading Rebecca West's Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia.I read it this month because all my cool friends were reading/had read it, and I'm very pleased to have done so (though my boyfriend now insists I read … [Read more...]

Catching the Joy of Others [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I read and blogged through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I wrote about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along.This is the last installment of our Pope Francis bookclub (and I'll post either a shortlist or a final choice about a Monday bookclub for 2015 next week).  I'd like to close with this quote from Francis's final reflection: There exists a tendency … [Read more...]

Christ is an Outlier and Should Have Been Counted [Pope Francis Bookclub]

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In 2014, I’m reading and blogging through Pope Francis/Cardinal Bergoglio’s Open Mind, Faithful Heart: Reflections on Following Jesus.  Every Monday, I’ll be writing about the next meditation in the book, so you’re welcome to peruse them all and/or read along. In the second to last chapter of Open Mind, Faithful Heart, Pope Francis draws heavily on the letter to the Hebrews as he discusses Christ's role as priest to his people.  In fact, I think most of the chapter is simply quotatio … [Read more...]

My Year-End Book Recommendations in TAC and NRO

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I've already shared with you guys the ten best books that I read (for the first time) this year, but in case you're still finishing up shopping for others, I've also added my suggestions to both The American Conservative and National Review's gift guides for the end of the year.   And my recommendations there are a little less narrowly tailored to my hobbyhorses--so fewer philosophy of medicine and disease on those lists.So head on over to both sites to see my ideas, and those of other wri … [Read more...]

7QT: Building Imaginary Bridges, Destroying Phantom Boats

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--- 1 --- I'm totally delighted by these mischievous bridges.  Euro notes apparently each feature a picture of a bridge, drawn in different architectural styles, but none modelled on a real bridge, so that the nations of the EU wouldn't be divided into "included in/excluded from currency" factions.  But the Netherlands has scuppered that compromise -- they've built all seven!The local council responsible for constructing a new housing development in Spijkenisse, a suburb of Rotterdam, hear … [Read more...]

Your religion… is it bigger than a breadbox?

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I've been meaning for a while to highlight an interesting project that Christian H has been carrying out on his blog: coming up with taxonomies for religions. And I'm a big fan of the reason he started this project: While trying to find ways to frame my understanding of different religions, and different individuals’ religion, is a worthwhile activity in itself, I would be lying if I claimed that my primary motivation was anthropological or psychological. Rather, I’ve primarily been imagining th … [Read more...]

Tell Your College Women Friends About Arete!

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The Arete Seminar has opened applications for it's Summer 2015 program, and it seems pretty likely to me that I've either got readers who are interested or who know people who would be interested.  Here's the basics: The Arete Seminar provides an educational program for college-aged women that emphasizes democratic participation and leadership, sustainability, personal and communal responsibility, and intellectual excellence. It combines a top-tier liberal arts academic programming with a p … [Read more...]


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