Articles from around the 'net. Anything that interests me, no rhyme or reason.

LRB · Lili Owen Rowlands · Something that Wasn’t There: Daddy Lacan

LRB · Lili Owen Rowlands · Something that Wasn’t There: Daddy Lacan

In 1949, when Sibylle Lacan and her older brother, Thibaut, were around nine and ten, Thibaut remembers travelling home from a visit to the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne and seeing a car stop at a crossing. The children recognised the ...

lrb.co.uk
David Brooks’s ‘The Second Mountain’

David Brooks’s ‘The Second Mountain’

The new book offers a choice between two types of David Brooks: the pop sociologist, and the wayfarer. I much prefer the latter.

commonwealmagazine.org
The Great Summer Read - The American Scholar

The Great Summer Read - The American Scholar

Why do we persist in this often futile literary quest?

theamericanscholar.org
The Naked Truth

The Naked Truth

The (Dis)content

fathommag.com
A High-School Porn Star’s Cry for Help

A High-School Porn Star’s Cry for Help

When did we lose the ability to interpret the signs of a girl in bad trouble?

theatlantic.com
How Lithuania Destroyed the Soviet Union | National Review

How Lithuania Destroyed the Soviet Union | National Review

Decades of stubborn resistance have resulted in today’s free and prosperous state.

nationalreview.com
Naomi Wolf’s Career of Blunders Continues in ‘Outrages’

Naomi Wolf’s Career of Blunders Continues in ‘Outrages’

Wolf’s study of the criminalization of same-sex relationships in the Victorian era is the latest work by her to run afoul of fact-checkers.

nytimes.com
LRB · Mary Wellesley · This place is pryson: Living in Her Own Grave

LRB · Mary Wellesley · This place is pryson: Living in Her Own Grave

The cell was the size of a large cupboard. There wasn’t enough room to lie down. I’d come late on a winter afternoon; the light was seeping away. What light there was came through the ‘squint’ – the small window that looked onto the sanctuary. It was a...

lrb.co.uk
Pardon Our Interruption

Pardon Our Interruption

As you were browsing www.chronicle.com something about your browser made us think you were a bot. There are a few reasons this might happen:

chronicle.com
The Lavish Roman Banquet: A Calculated Display Of Debauchery And Power

The Lavish Roman Banquet: A Calculated Display Of Debauchery And Power

A new book profiles 10 prominent emperors who helped shape the destiny of Rome. Part of their legacy includes wild stories of hedonistic banquets, when luxury ruled even as plebeians went hungry.

npr.org
Tripping his brains out | When Michel Foucault took LSD

Tripping his brains out | When Michel Foucault took LSD

'In May 1975, Michel Foucault watched Venus rise over Zabriskie Point while Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Gesang der Jünglinge blared from the speakers of a nearby tape recorder. Just a few hours earlier he had ingested LSD for the first time...'

the-tls.co.uk
How to Embrace Your Emotions without Being Ruled by Them

How to Embrace Your Emotions without Being Ruled by Them

Emotions can seem as unpredictable as the wind—apparently beyond your control. But we don’t have to live at the mercy of our emotions.

crossway.org
The Ancient Heresy Driving Modern Identity - The Gospel Coalition | Australia

The Ancient Heresy Driving Modern Identity - The Gospel Coalition | Australia

Identity is a hot topic. Since the 1960’s, the western world has been rocked by different movements around identity. Different groups—especially disenfranchised minority groups—have pushed their ident

au.thegospelcoalition.org
Perspective | The dangerous shifting cultural narratives around suicide

Perspective | The dangerous shifting cultural narratives around suicide

Research suggests more people find it a reasonable response to dire challenges.

washingtonpost.com
Giving Up For Lent

Giving Up For Lent

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK Our church doesn’t talk a lot about giving up things for Lent. Lent seasons means we have Sunday night services as well, where we bring in speakers who talk about a different t

christholdfast.org
Review | Intelligent design gets even dumber

Review | Intelligent design gets even dumber

Michael Behe adds God to evolutionary biology

washingtonpost.com
What To Say When Someone Says Wives Are To Submit

What To Say When Someone Says Wives Are To Submit

From CBE By Chesna Hinkley On February 25, 2019 Short Answers to Tough Questions Studies on Specific Passages Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on difficult Bible passages entitled “What

patheos.com
Best Pre-Marital Advice We Got and Love to Give

Best Pre-Marital Advice We Got and Love to Give

Wanna hear the best pre-marital advice Mark and I received? Well, maybe it’s not the best , but we sure do refer to it a lot. We use it and we tell it to other couples all the time. It even feels a

jenoshman.com
Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government

Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government

Thanks to a profitable casino, an Indian tribe gives its members sizeable cash payments. It’s called a basic income and might be the solution to job losses brought on by automation and globalization.

wired.com
The Aziz Ansari Paradox - Quillette

The Aziz Ansari Paradox - Quillette

You probably already know—or think you know—what happened on the night of September 25, 2017 between Aziz Ansari and an anonymous woman calling herself “Grace.” These are the accepted facts: she went

quillette.com
Ethiopia already exports coffee beans—exporting its culture will be the next big step

Ethiopia already exports coffee beans—exporting its culture will be the next big step

Can Ethiopia’s historic coffee ritual be commercialized?

qz.com
Adam Kirsch Reviews Robert Alter's Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible

Adam Kirsch Reviews Robert Alter's Landmark Translation of the Hebrew Bible

I really want a copy of this Bible.

tabletmag.com
How to Form a Christian Mind in a Digital World

How to Form a Christian Mind in a Digital World

The need to cultivate digital wisdom—for both children and adults—is urgent. Here’s a way forward.

thegospelcoalition.org
Was Jesus a Socialist? It’s in the Bible, According to David Bentley Hart | The New Yorker

Was Jesus a Socialist? It’s in the Bible, According to David Bentley Hart | The New Yorker

A really interesting (and short) interview with a leading New Testament scholar.

wnycstudios.org
Shame Storm | Helen Andrews

Shame Storm | Helen Andrews

I worry about shame storms, and Andrews points out that there's almost nothing that can be done about them.

firstthings.com
Opinion | The West at an Impasse

Opinion | The West at an Impasse

How meritocracy and populism reinforce each other's faults.

nytimes.com
Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’

Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’

Glacier cores reveal Icelandic volcano that plunged Europe into darkness

sciencemag.org
The Death of Clear Thinking | Carl R. Trueman

The Death of Clear Thinking | Carl R. Trueman

A recent New York Times article is worrying, though perhaps not so much for the content as for what it reveals about this present age.

firstthings.com
Pope Francis's Warning | Charlotte Allen

Pope Francis's Warning | Charlotte Allen

Pope Francis turns out to be a catholic after all...

firstthings.com
LRB · John Lanchester · The Case of Agatha Christie

LRB · John Lanchester · The Case of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is, according to her website, ‘the world’s bestselling novelist’. That is a difficult claim to prove, and the official site makes no attempt to do so, but when you think that she wrote

lrb.co.uk
What I wish my friends had said to me after my mom died

What I wish my friends had said to me after my mom died

It’s hard to know what to say to a friend who is grieving. Here’s what you should keep in mind.

vox.com
Opinion | The Return of Paganism

Opinion | The Return of Paganism

Religiosity is alive and well - it's just not Christian.

nytimes.com
The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology – Christian Jarrett | Aeon Id

The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology – Christian Jarrett | Aeon Id

This article fits very well with my current views.

aeon.co
The Steward of Middle-earth

The Steward of Middle-earth

The extraordinary fidelity of Christopher Tolkien, last of the Inklings.

weeklystandard.com
52 things I learned in 2018 – Fluxx Studio Notes – Medium

52 things I learned in 2018 – Fluxx Studio Notes – Medium

Fascinating stuff

medium.com
Honeymoons for Billionaires

Honeymoons for Billionaires

I need to make more money..

bloomberg.com
In-Gendered Empathy | 3 Quarks Daily

In-Gendered Empathy | 3 Quarks Daily

Everyone deserves our compassion.

3quarksdaily.com
Verb Tenses | 3 Quarks Daily

Verb Tenses | 3 Quarks Daily

It's amazing what we do with language without even thinking about it.

3quarksdaily.com
If I have to read another blog post about narcissism I’m going to have a temper tantrum an

If I have to read another blog post about narcissism I’m going to have a temper tantrum an

Whoooo boy.

fugitivepsychiatrist.com
LRB · Mary Wellesley · At the British Library: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

LRB · Mary Wellesley · At the British Library: Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms

The first written word of English is "ale". Fascinating.

lrb.co.uk
Riddles of Aldhelm

Riddles of Aldhelm

Definitely a trip to London.

bl.uk
Home is where the art is: the joys and sorrows of Gainsborough’s family portraits

Home is where the art is: the joys and sorrows of Gainsborough’s family portraits

Sounds like a trip to London is in order.

theguardian.com
LRB · Michael Wood · At the Movies

LRB · Michael Wood · At the Movies

Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot, is one of my favourite films, but I'm not sure what this analysis is about - there seems to be a different thesis every paragraph.

lrb.co.uk
In Defense of Sir Roger | David P. Goldman

In Defense of Sir Roger | David P. Goldman

The danger here is the display of how tribalism leads to twisting the truth.

firstthings.com
Is This the Best One-Volume Biography of Churchill Yet Written?

Is This the Best One-Volume Biography of Churchill Yet Written?

Looking forward to this one.

nytimes.com
From Gene Editing to A.I., How Will Technology Transform Humanity?

From Gene Editing to A.I., How Will Technology Transform Humanity?

The future these experts outline is not necessarily inspiring.

nytimes.com
The Radical Orthodoxy Project | R. R. Reno

The Radical Orthodoxy Project | R. R. Reno

Phew.

firstthings.com
#MeToo: A male model exposes the dark side of fashion

#MeToo: A male model exposes the dark side of fashion

The dark dimension of high-fashion

shortlist.com
Opinion | The Rise of the Resentniks

Opinion | The Rise of the Resentniks

And the populist war on excellence.

nytimes.com
Opinion | The Alt-Right’s Favorite Meme Is 100 Years Old

Opinion | The Alt-Right’s Favorite Meme Is 100 Years Old

My concern with these types of analysis is that they're always so one-sided. It is true that to paint a large group of people with the same brush is dangerous, but I can't help but feel the author is doing what he decries.

nytimes.com
Cultural winsomeness will not be enough for Christians

Cultural winsomeness will not be enough for Christians

An important reminder.

erlc.com
100 Must-Read Books Of 2018. – Do Lectures – Medium

100 Must-Read Books Of 2018. – Do Lectures – Medium

Lots of dumb books, a few good ones.

medium.com
The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here’s Why

The Way You Read Books Says A Lot About Your Intelligence, Here’s Why

I feel like I need to be a better, faster reader. Interesting tips here.

medium.com
Why Worship Services Are So Boring

Why Worship Services Are So Boring

Worth thinking about.

patheos.com
Nonbinary identity is a radical stance against gender segregation – Robin Dembroff | Aeon

Nonbinary identity is a radical stance against gender segregation – Robin Dembroff | Aeon

So, so foolish.

aeon.co
Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?

Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?

Amazing.

theatlantic.com
Back in the ’50s There Was "Cigarette Psychology" – 9 Ways of Holding Your Cigarette and W

Back in the ’50s There Was "Cigarette Psychology" – 9 Ways of Holding Your Cigarette and W

Never stop learning.

vintag.es
Episode #283: Tyler Cowen - The Path To Prosperity In A Disordered World - The Learning Le

Episode #283: Tyler Cowen - The Path To Prosperity In A Disordered World - The Learning Le

Tyler is such a genius. I learned a lot from this podcast.

learningleader.com
'We're winning': how a Canadian province the size of France stays rat-free

'We're winning': how a Canadian province the size of France stays rat-free

Very amusing.

theguardian.com
As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.

As a psychiatrist, I diagnose mental illness. Also, I help spot demonic possession.

Wow. An interesting exposition on the reality of our spiritual sides.

washingtonpost.com
Review | After her son and husband died, Elaine Pagels wondered why religion survives

Review | After her son and husband died, Elaine Pagels wondered why religion survives

I've never cared for Pagels' Gnosticism, but this book looks fascinating.

washingtonpost.com
Review | Brené Brown knows what makes a great leader — and most politicians wouldn’t make

Review | Brené Brown knows what makes a great leader — and most politicians wouldn’t make

In “Dare to Lead,” the researcher and TED Talk all-star turns her attention to the boardroom.

washingtonpost.com
Clergy sex abuse on the rise again, and church leaders are ignoring why, sociologist says

Clergy sex abuse on the rise again, and church leaders are ignoring why, sociologist says

A tough article, but one that presents some compelling evidence. I think when there is a gap between what an institution says and what is actually happening, shenanigans follow.

catholicworldreport.com
Notre Dame Students Request a Campus Porn Filter | National Review

Notre Dame Students Request a Campus Porn Filter | National Review

The men leading the effort stress the destructive nature of pornography.

nationalreview.com
Statement on “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” | Joshua Harris

Statement on “I Kissed Dating Goodbye” | Joshua Harris

For many years people have asked whether I still agree with my book I Kissed Dating Goodbye. In addition to this question, some readers have told me the book harmed them.

joshharris.com
Beto O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women

Beto O’Rourke May Benefit From an Unlikely Support Group: White Evangelical Women

Evangelicals may no longer be single issue voters.

nytimes.com
View Rick Stein's Obituary on delawareonline.com and share memories

View Rick Stein's Obituary on delawareonline.com and share memories

There is a sort of beauty in this...

legacy.com
The Unexpected Trend Reviving Canadian Christianity

The Unexpected Trend Reviving Canadian Christianity

Great news, and a really interesting trend.

thegospelcoalition.org
Nikki Haley’s Excellent Timing | National Review

Nikki Haley’s Excellent Timing | National Review

Not sure why I'm interested in the Haley story, but this is a good political piece.

nationalreview.com
Life’s Little Luxury

Life’s Little Luxury

Charm makes the world seem a more enticing place—but it is going the way of chivalry, good manners, and unmotivated kindness.

weeklystandard.com
Rowan Williams - Being Human [Feature Review]

Rowan Williams - Being Human [Feature Review]

I've been wrestling with theological anthropology lately. I would love to have this book.

englewoodreview.org
I Know Brett Kavanaugh, but I Wouldn’t Confirm Him

I Know Brett Kavanaugh, but I Wouldn’t Confirm Him

"He should, I argued, withdraw from consideration for elevation unless able to defend himself to a high degree of factual certainty without attacking Ford." There are lessons here about the nature of evidence and how we provide it.

theatlantic.com
What Is the Greatest of All Protestant "Heresies"?

What Is the Greatest of All Protestant "Heresies"?

Super intellectual. Interesting perspectives on sanctification. No one ever pays any attention to the mystics.

ligonier.org
Next Door In Nodrumia

Next Door In Nodrumia

Hoo boy, this thinking seems so relevant to homosexuals and the church. Argh.

slatestarcodex.com
Psychotherapy is not harmless: on the side effects of CBT – Christian Jarrett | Aeon Ideas

Psychotherapy is not harmless: on the side effects of CBT – Christian Jarrett | Aeon Ideas

The human mind is endlessly fascinating. Interesting to think that an intervention like CBT might have side-effects. Some PhD student should do research into the side effects of conversations with friends.

aeon.co
When Physical Intimacy Is Fractured: 7 Tools to Help You Heal

When Physical Intimacy Is Fractured: 7 Tools to Help You Heal

Nothing terribly profound here, but good sense for hurting marriages.

reviveourhearts.com
The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’

The Existential Void of the Pop-Up ‘Experience’

If we thought that our world could not get any more vapid or simulated...

nytimes.com
Judge Kavanaugh has taught me so much about how the world works | Penelope Trunk Careers

Judge Kavanaugh has taught me so much about how the world works | Penelope Trunk Careers

An incredibly powerful story, showing how privilege perpetuates itself.

blog.penelopetrunk.com
Jordan Peterson dishes out what he sees as harsh truths, but can he take them in return?

Jordan Peterson dishes out what he sees as harsh truths, but can he take them in return?

Interesting how everyone has feet of clay.

insidehighered.com
On Kavanaugh, We’re Through the Looking Glass | National Review

On Kavanaugh, We’re Through the Looking Glass | National Review

I don't think there's anything rational about the Kavanaugh process, and that's a shame. Women should be believed by their friends, but official processes should always follow due process.

nationalreview.com
If We Lose the Meaning of “Justice,” We Lose the Gospel | Stand to Reason

If We Lose the Meaning of “Justice,” We Lose the Gospel | Stand to Reason

So much is wrong with this compartmentalized and motivated reading of Scripture.

str.org
The Epidemic of Anxiety Among Today's Students - NEA Today

The Epidemic of Anxiety Among Today's Students - NEA Today

The idea that smartphones cause anxiety will eventually be debunked, I think, but they definitely have a negative impact on the mind.

neatoday.org
Simone Weil On Attention, Learning, And Compassion | 3 Quarks Daily

Simone Weil On Attention, Learning, And Compassion | 3 Quarks Daily

I wish that I were half as serious as Simone Weil.

3quarksdaily.com
Simone Weil

Simone Weil

Early (pre-whacky) Sontag on Weil - pure bliss.

nybooks.com
How to Live Better, According to Nietzsche

How to Live Better, According to Nietzsche

Nietzsche fascinates me. I think i need this book.

theatlantic.com
Peter Marshall - King Henry’s Henchman

Peter Marshall - King Henry’s Henchman

I love Tudor history. There is no good reason why.

literaryreview.co.uk
The Useful Errors of Terry Eagleton - The American Interest

The Useful Errors of Terry Eagleton - The American Interest

There is obviously a lot of wisdom here, and it is true that sacrifice that matters must not be transactional (although, paradoxically, it can be undertaken with anticipation of reward). However, I don't think that anyone will try to find salvation in politics.

the-american-interest.com
Was She J.D. Salinger’s Predator or His Prey?

Was She J.D. Salinger’s Predator or His Prey?

The fact that I get confused about the difference between JD Salinger and William Faulkner shows what a rube I really am. I feel like, "Judge my past by the standards of today." is a weird argument to make.

nytimes.com
Bob Woodward: "People better wake up to what's going on" in the Oval Office

Bob Woodward: "People better wake up to what's going on" in the Oval Office

Everyone knows that Trump is a personal disaster. It's time for the media and others to focus on why people resonate with his message.

cbsnews.com
Resisting the Irresistible

Resisting the Irresistible

I think there's a good point here. We have gutted Christianity in many places to make it more palatable. The problem is not moral, it is spiritual. We need regular, steady spiritual practice to make a difference.

stephenmcalpine.com
Out at St. Paul | Nic Rowan

Out at St. Paul | Nic Rowan

Totally fascinating. The Catholic Church is definitely varied. Interesting how it seems that when the gay identity starts to get elevated, the true meaning of following Jesus gets lost.

firstthings.com
The Future Is Androgynous, But WTF Does That Even Mean?

The Future Is Androgynous, But WTF Does That Even Mean?

This is one of the dumber things I've read on the 'net recently. People *like* the gender binary - it's not going away, like, ever.

medium.com
Why Nietzsche has once again become an inspiration to the far-right

Why Nietzsche has once again become an inspiration to the far-right

This article helps explain all the things that were going on in that last article. People don't have a sense of belonging because God is dead. Somehow I feel like Nietzsche isn't the guy to turn to to fix the problem.

newstatesman.com
Is Democracy Really Dying?

Is Democracy Really Dying?

This article is boring, but it hits on how our current world order is being shifted by basic human needs for a sense of belonging and meaning. These needs are being dismissed by elites both left and right, and this article, and the books it purports to critique, is an example.

newrepublic.com
Opinion | How to Make a Big Decision

Opinion | How to Make a Big Decision

I would like to make better decisions, and apparently this is a way to do it empirically. I probably won't actually do it...

nytimes.com
‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselve

‘The Personality Brokers’ Conjures the Mother and Daughter Who Helped Us Think of Ourselve

Anyone who knows me knows I love personality tests. However, I think the way the MBTI is used in corporate culture is abusive. As a tool for self-reflection, however, it's really excellent.

nytimes.com
The Maker of the Maker of Middle-earth

The Maker of the Maker of Middle-earth

I've always wondered about how Tolkien's faith affected his fiction, particularly the LOTR. It's a shame that a major exhibit of his life's work doesn't shed more light on a topic I'm sure he would've considered important.

christianitytoday.com
Inside The Seminary Closet

Inside The Seminary Closet

An interesting insight into the scandal plaguing the Catholic Church. Decrecy is deadly...

theamericanconservative.com
Why Men Like Me Should Not Be Priests | Daniel Mattson

Why Men Like Me Should Not Be Priests | Daniel Mattson

I mostly disagree with this article - being homosexual is no more disordered than being heterosexual, in my opinion. But then that's my Calvinist tendencies coming out.

firstthings.com
The Useless French Language and Why We Learn It - Los Angeles Review of Books

The Useless French Language and Why We Learn It - Los Angeles Review of Books

The absolute dominance of English makes me want to brush up on my French. I take language seriously, and it would be nice to be with others who take it just as seriously. It helps me wrestle with fundamental questions of being "authentic" vs. presenting a disciplined image.

lareviewofbooks.org
The perfect guide to a book everyone should read | Spectator USA

The perfect guide to a book everyone should read | Spectator USA

Should I read a book about The Divine Comedy, or just read TDC itself?

spectator.us
Physicians aren't 'burning out.' They're suffering from moral injury - STAT

Physicians aren't 'burning out.' They're suffering from moral injury - STAT

For profit medicine is the worst.

statnews.com
Simone Weil’s Deeper Grace

Simone Weil’s Deeper Grace

Oh man, I love me some mid-20th century female public intellectuals with vaguely French connections. de Beauvoir, Arendt, and even Sontag, despite her poor finish. Weil is the queen, since she explores many of the themes close to my heart. The writer says that Weil had an, "overarching emphasis on an existential imperative for changes in consciousness." This is the key to spirituality.

theamericanconservative.com
Brimming with X | LSD, love and losing the ‘fat relentless ego’

Brimming with X | LSD, love and losing the ‘fat relentless ego’

I've long been interested in why certain drugs are considered therapeutic and others are made illegal. Both approaches have troubling implications, and this book looks like a fun way to explore a bit.

the-tls.co.uk
Leonardo the Enigma

Leonardo the Enigma

I read Isaacson's book and enjoyed it, but this critic is correct - it was too "9 lessons from..." and the photo of the Mona Lisa gives me PTSD from the horrible experience of looking at the painting in the Louvre. Maybe I need to read Forcellino's book.

weeklystandard.com
Before You Get Too Excited About That Trigger Warning Study…

Before You Get Too Excited About That Trigger Warning Study…

STUDY: Trigger Warnings Are Harmful To College Students says the Daily Wire, describing a study whose participants’ average age was 37 and which did not measure harm. You can find the study i…

slatestarcodex.com
Unruliness

Unruliness

This author's contention that unruliness is linked to love is absurd, but I do think that sometimes my own desire to get along with people and fit in means that I am not always as honest as I should be. Then I think that there are people who would say, "If that's what Graeme is willing to say, what is he thinking that he won't say?"

angryrainbowmermaids.blogspot.
Burt Britton, a Book Lover if Ever There Was One, Dies at 84

Burt Britton, a Book Lover if Ever There Was One, Dies at 84

He had intimate knowledge of every shelf at the Strand, was a partner in another bookstore and, when not reading, collected celebrities’ self portraits.

nytimes.com
How Your Personality Affects Your Paycheck

How Your Personality Affects Your Paycheck

A study of earnings data suggests that extroverts are paid more, and "agreeable" men get less.

bloomberg.com
Cows found to be willing to work hard to gain access to a grooming brush

Cows found to be willing to work hard to gain access to a grooming brush

A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and Warsaw University of Life Sciences has found that dairy cows are willing to expend energy to gain access to a grooming brush. In their

phys.org
The Hedonism of Reading Good Books

The Hedonism of Reading Good Books

It's a pleasure that infuses life with richness and it's available for the price of a library card.

theamericanconservative.com
Performing meaningless rituals boosts our self-control through making us feel more self-di

Performing meaningless rituals boosts our self-control through making us feel more self-di

This seem like the kind of experiment that would suffer from the replication problem that is getting so much attention in psychology right now, but this is super interesting and completely consistent with my own experience.

digest.bps.org.uk
Western civilisation is an idea worth defending—and reapplying

Western civilisation is an idea worth defending—and reapplying

I think there are some objections to be raised to how fantastic free markets are for a society, but the basic point here is valid.

economist.com
Income inequality is changing how we think, live, and die

Income inequality is changing how we think, live, and die

Why society might be more stable if we had more poverty and less inequality.

vox.com
The faces of God in America: Revealing religious diversity across people and politics

The faces of God in America: Revealing religious diversity across people and politics

Literature and art have long depicted God as a stern and elderly white man, but do people actually see Him this way? We use reverse correlation to understand how a representative sample of American Ch

journals.plos.org
Middle-aged men for rent in Japan

Middle-aged men for rent in Japan

Once admired in Japanese society, the previously respected ossan -- middle-aged men -- are struggling to restore their positive standing. One entrepreneur believes renting them is the road to reputati

edition.cnn.com
A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards:The Asahi Shimbun

A new digital divide: Young people who can’t use keyboards:The Asahi Shimbun

“How do I double click?” “What is a cell in a spreadsheet?”Mashiko Ishii often hears that her fellow

asahi.com
10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)

10 of the best words in the world (that don't translate into English)

As millions head abroad, our correspondents pick out the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in

theguardian.com
Opinion | The Podcast Bros Want to Optimize Your Life

Opinion | The Podcast Bros Want to Optimize Your Life

Don’t dismiss them as hucksters promoting self-help books and dubious mushroom coffee.

nytimes.com
The Job of Ultimate Observer | John Wilson

The Job of Ultimate Observer | John Wilson

The world is out there, and it's our job to go out and discover it.

firstthings.com
Rejuvenation at Trinity Church | Nic Rowan

Rejuvenation at Trinity Church | Nic Rowan

It’s easy to be cynical about the state of the Episcopal Church, but everyone hungers for some salvation.

firstthings.com
Quick, Easy-to-Finish Tasks Build Momentum in the Morning

Quick, Easy-to-Finish Tasks Build Momentum in the Morning

People are obsessed with morning routines. What was Ben Franklin thinking about when he started his day at 5am? How does Stephen King get into the rhythm for writing? What question did Steve Jobs

jkglei.com
Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?

theguardian.com
Fatal Favorite

Fatal Favorite

Did the Duke of Buckingham conspire to kill King James I?

weeklystandard.com
The Beauty of Complementarity Goes Beyond Gender

The Beauty of Complementarity Goes Beyond Gender

An interesting read - these ideas could be taken in dangerous directions, but the essence is, I think, accurate.

thegospelcoalition.org
How God Speaks To Us Today - Tim Challies

How God Speaks To Us Today - Tim Challies

I'm not sure I 100% agree with this - but I certainly don't disagree with it.

challies.com
Think you can tell what others are thinking? Think again – Robert Burton | Aeon Essays

Think you can tell what others are thinking? Think again – Robert Burton | Aeon Essays

It turns out that our sense of ourselves comes from our sense of others. No wonder loneliness is such a terrible plague.

aeon.co
Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us – Henry Cowles | Aeon I

Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us – Henry Cowles | Aeon I

Orwell’s predicted it: citizens willingly buy for entertainment the very screens that can be used against us

aeon.co
Banning Plastic Straws Is a Huge Burden on Disabled People

Banning Plastic Straws Is a Huge Burden on Disabled People

Something I never thought about, and would never have thought about. The downside of banning straws.

eater.com
Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capi

Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capi

An interesting article about human sacrifice in South American before the arrival of the Spanish.

sciencemag.org
Why the Government's knee-jerk ban on gay conversion therapy fails to understand the real

Why the Government's knee-jerk ban on gay conversion therapy fails to understand the real

Much of what has been done under the banner of reparative therapy has been a horror for LGBTQ people. However, getting the government involved may create more problems.

premierchristianity.com
What Is It Like to Be a Man?

What Is It Like to Be a Man?

Phil Chirstman makes some interesting, and not often heard, points about what it is like to be a man in today's culture. It may not be as easy as everyone seems to think.

iasc-culture.org