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Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Jul 30, 2014
Dear Readers:After a long hiatus and a lot of hard thought, I’ve decided to close up shop here at Patheos. With all the loyalty and generosity you’ve shown, you’ve earned an explanation, so here it ...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Jul 19, 2014
Oh, hi. Yeah, it’s been a while. I’ve backed off writing for several reasons. The first is strictly practical. Creating three-hour PowerPoint slide shows on the passive voice and modals of possibi...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Apr 20, 2014
“If you want to write about Syria,” Tawfik whispered in my ear as we stood on the patio of the English academy where we both taught, “you should write about me. I can tell you lots of interesting thi...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Apr 16, 2014
Turks don’t approve of eating on the street. Or rather, their idea of eating on the street involves sitting down at a café table and placing their orders with a garson -- they take their word for “wa...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Apr 14, 2014
Somewhere in the Hagia Sophia, directly under the bombsights of the six-winged angels soaring across the east pendentives, lives a cat. I saw him when I visited this past April Fools’ Day. Unimpressed...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Apr 10, 2014
It would be nice to report that I begin every morning with a four-mile run, but it wouldn’t be true. Per immemorial custom, I begin it with a cigarette. Then I rifle my pockets for spare lira and stu...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Feb 08, 2014
In December, 1960, a detachment of French Foreign Legion paratroopers killed three FLN rebels thought to be former harkis, or colonial soldiers, who had deserted to the enemy. To help military intell...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Feb 05, 2014
It would begin in April, when the stiff winds first mellowed into a breeze and blue sky first began pushing breaches in the cloud banks. I'd be in class, trying to focus while some tenured mummy dron...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Feb 02, 2014
I admit I'm going to miss "The Whore of Mensa." And "Match Wits with Inspector Ford." And -- what the hell -- "Lovborg's Women Considered" has some great lines, too: Dorf: Oh, Netta! All is lost! ...
Diary of a Wimpy Catholic
Max Lindenman Jan 31, 2014
Jen Caron is a good soul -- at her worst, perhaps, an hysterical ninny, but still a very decent person at (skinny, white) bottom. This, I insist, is a fair takeaway from the piece she wrote for xoJa...
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