Archive for June 2015

“My Dad” by Paul Westerberg

A Father’s Day song, courtesy of the pride of the Twin Cities. Yeah, it’s a couple of days early, but then as Senator Henry Moore Teller (D-CO) said during the 1908 debate over the establishment of a national Mother’s Day,...

A Discussion of Distraction

Today, The New Yorker ran an article called “A New Theory of Distraction.” In the piece, the author–Joshua Rothman–speculates as to the nature of distraction in modern times: Like typing, Googling, and driving, distr...

Localist linkfest

Why Evelyn Waugh stopped voting Parochial plug for the best state, from Nathaniel Beverley Tucker: The Virginian is a Virginian every where. In the wilds of the west, on the sands of Florida, on the shores of the Pacific—every where his hea...

Saving the Liberal Arts

Damon Linker had a piece at The Week yesterday, explaining “How to save liberal arts education.” From the article: The structural trends working against the humanities are just too strong. There is, for one thing, the way that t...

Cheap Gratitude

Yesterday, The Atlantic ran a piece called, “‘I’ve Never Thanked My Parents for Anything.'” The author–Deepak Singh–explains the differences between “thank you”s  in the States, and expression...

Localist linkfest

Adam Gurri on persuasion and economics Henry George vs. Jane Jacobs The Upper East Side housewife: a pop-anthropological study With friends like these, the humanities don’t need enemies: Enrollment in the liberal arts and humanities c...

The Cardinal and the Capitalist

A cleric with the ear of Pope Francis recently sent Catholic defenders of free markets into a tizzy. At a press conference, Cardinal Oscar Rodriquez Maradiaga of Honduras tossed out this pithy jab: The ideology surrounding environmental iss...

Comedians in Togas

The Greeks were funny. We don’t usually think of them that way; we think of them as marbled patriarchs in togas, Really Important Men We Revere for Some Reason. Admittedly, we don’t usually think of them at all these days; after inspiring w...