Articles from around the 'net. Anything that interests me, no rhyme or reason.
Glacier cores reveal Icelandic volcano that plunged Europe into darkness
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.
Pope Francis turns out to be a catholic after all...
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
It’s hard to know what to say to a friend who is grieving. Here’s what you should keep in mind.
Religiosity is alive and well - it's just not Christian.
This article fits very well with my current views.
The extraordinary fidelity of Christopher Tolkien, last of the Inklings.
I need to make more money..
Everyone deserves our compassion.
It's amazing what we do with language without even thinking about it.
The first written word of English is "ale". Fascinating.
Definitely a trip to London.
Sounds like a trip to London is in order.
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.
The danger here is the display of how tribalism leads to twisting the truth.
Looking forward to this one.
The future these experts outline is not necessarily inspiring.
The dark dimension of high-fashion
And the populist war on excellence.
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.
An important reminder.
Lots of dumb books, a few good ones.
I feel like I need to be a better, faster reader. Interesting tips here.
Worth thinking about.
So, so foolish.
Never stop learning.
Tyler is such a genius. I learned a lot from this podcast.
Wow. An interesting exposition on the reality of our spiritual sides.
I've never cared for Pagels' Gnosticism, but this book looks fascinating.
In “Dare to Lead,” the researcher and TED Talk all-star turns her attention to the boardroom.
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.
The men leading the effort stress the destructive nature of pornography.
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.
Evangelicals may no longer be single issue voters.
There is a sort of beauty in this...
Great news, and a really interesting trend.
Not sure why I'm interested in the Haley story, but this is a good political piece.
Charm makes the world seem a more enticing place—but it is going the way of chivalry, good manners, and unmotivated kindness.
I've been wrestling with theological anthropology lately. I would love to have this book.
"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.
Super intellectual. Interesting perspectives on sanctification. No one ever pays any attention to the mystics.
Hoo boy, this thinking seems so relevant to homosexuals and the church. Argh.
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.
Nothing terribly profound here, but good sense for hurting marriages.
If we thought that our world could not get any more vapid or simulated...
An incredibly powerful story, showing how privilege perpetuates itself.
Interesting how everyone has feet of clay.
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.
So much is wrong with this compartmentalized and motivated reading of Scripture.
The idea that smartphones cause anxiety will eventually be debunked, I think, but they definitely have a negative impact on the mind.
I wish that I were half as serious as Simone Weil.
Early (pre-whacky) Sontag on Weil - pure bliss.
Nietzsche fascinates me. I think i need this book.
I love Tudor history. There is no good reason why.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I would like to make better decisions, and apparently this is a way to do it empirically. I probably won't actually do it...
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.
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.
An interesting insight into the scandal plaguing the Catholic Church. Decrecy is deadly...
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.
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.
Should I read a book about The Divine Comedy, or just read TDC itself?
For profit medicine is the worst.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?"
He had intimate knowledge of every shelf at the Strand, was a partner in another bookstore and, when not reading, collected celebrities’ self portraits.
A study of earnings data suggests that extroverts are paid more, and "agreeable" men get less.
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
It's a pleasure that infuses life with richness and it's available for the price of a library card.
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.
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.
Why society might be more stable if we had more poverty and less inequality.
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
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
“How do I double click?” “What is a cell in a spreadsheet?”Mashiko Ishii often hears that her fellow
As millions head abroad, our correspondents pick out the words that for them speak volumes about the countries they love and live in
Don’t dismiss them as hucksters promoting self-help books and dubious mushroom coffee.
The world is out there, and it's our job to go out and discover it.
It’s easy to be cynical about the state of the Episcopal Church, but everyone hungers for some salvation.
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
The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?
Did the Duke of Buckingham conspire to kill King James I?
An interesting read - these ideas could be taken in dangerous directions, but the essence is, I think, accurate.
I'm not sure I 100% agree with this - but I certainly don't disagree with it.
It turns out that our sense of ourselves comes from our sense of others. No wonder loneliness is such a terrible plague.
Orwell’s predicted it: citizens willingly buy for entertainment the very screens that can be used against us
Something I never thought about, and would never have thought about. The downside of banning straws.
An interesting article about human sacrifice in South American before the arrival of the Spanish.
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.
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.