Category Archives: Books

SHIELD on the Island

Last day of June, as crazy as that sounds.  In just a few hours we start the second half of 2020.  Lots of fears (and jokes, for some) about what the next few months might bring.  We are in uncharted … Continue reading

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NT Wright and Covidtide

Today I received my copy of N. T. Wright’s God and the Pandemic (many thanks to the folks at Hearts and Minds Books in Pennsylvania for the amazing service).  It’s a tiny book, clocking in at just over 70 pages.  … Continue reading

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This morning I finished reading Ross Douthat’s The Decadent Society.  I mentioned it a few days ago as a book I’d set aside with the advent of Covid but had finally gotten back around to reading.  It’s a good read, … Continue reading

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From the Mountain to the Sea

Earlier this month the folks at Princeton University Press released a book by John Garth detailing the locations that likely inspired different aspects of JRR Tolkien’s imagination and writings.  Sometimes it feels like about-Tolkien books are a dime a dozen, … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Decadence

Earlier this week I posted a classic Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strip having to do with perspective, particularly what happens Calvin tries to “engage” his dad in some kind of “minor debate.”  It’s a visually brilliant strip that points to … Continue reading

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Mountains Again

Appropriate for today for many reasons, I think.

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Rebuilding the Society

A few Tuesday evening thoughts: First: Stargirl continues to be an enjoyable watch each week.  We’re now five weeks in and have a good sense of the Justice Society that Courtney Whitmore is building.  We’ve only gotten glimpses of the … Continue reading

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Strange Summer Day

Today didn’t go as I had planned at all. Last night I noticed something stuck in my right front tire: turned out to be a screw.  No real leak, but you can’t be too careful.  So my day started with … Continue reading

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Back to Class

When it became clear that I probably wouldn’t be traveling to Tennessee this summer, I decide to look for good ways to frame my time.  Vacations are always a little tricky for me: I tend to do best when I’ve … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Commencement

We’re now entering the time of year where the best of speakers brings out their greatest wisdom to share with graduates as they move on from high school or college into the oft-promised “real world.”  This is another thing bound … Continue reading

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