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Max Lindenman Apr 30, 2016
Strolling through Moscow in the spring and summer of 1997, you couldn’t lose sight of the sacred if you wanted to. The municipal government was working doggedly to rebuild the Cathedral of Christ the...
Max Lindenman Apr 29, 2016
You can’t keep a dog in downtown Bursa. The people are too pious. Or maybe “traditional” is a better word. In either case, they believe dogs are unclean and the enemies of angels. A Colombian frie...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Apr 24, 2016
A confession: I’m in no hurry to get through Amoris Laetitia. Two hundred, sixty-four pages is a lot of Pope Francis to dive into all eagerski-beaverski and heedless-like. The first two chapters, ho...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Apr 22, 2016
Shortly after recovering from a nervous breakdown that culminated in a suicide attempt, William Cowper composed a hymn titled “Praise for the Fountain Opened,” which begins with the following verses:T...
Max Lindenman Apr 20, 2016
In 1998, Istanbul Mayor Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was sentenced to 10 months in prison for violating a law against inciting religious hatred. The nature of his violation? He read a poem that included the...
Max Lindenman Apr 18, 2016
My friend Khalid’s mother, a native of Karachi, was named “Shaheda.” She stressed the first syllable and pronounced the middle vowel like a schwa. One day while she and her husband were tending the ...
Max Lindenman Apr 14, 2016
.When I first saw the guy groping his way down the aisle with his eyes fixed on the carpet, I thought he was blind. Then, after he settled gingerly into the pew in front of mine, I smelled the truth:...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Mar 31, 2016
Mallory Ortberg's Ayn Rand's The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is a few months old, but today it happened to be making the rounds on my Facebook newsfeed. It's evergreen anyway, and it recalled t...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Mar 28, 2016
I spent my first Holy Saturday helping my friend Rick move. I had offered my services partly out of brotherly feeling, but also partly – like Wellington’s soldiers – for the promise of drink. By the...
Max Lindenman Mar 25, 2016
Six weeks after my first marathon, I ran a second. By then, I’d upgraded my electrolyte drink and taken to eating bananas by the bunch in order to preclude muscle cramping. I also devised a strategy...
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