Culture, High & Low

The Soul of Facebook Venting: Empowered Alternatives to Ranting Online

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In the old days, when you saw something in your morning newspaper that bothered you, you could vent your ballooning anger with a minute or two of hearty breakfast-table grumbling. Today, we have Facebook for that.   I know I…
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Why Bigamy is a Bad Idea

OscarWilde May 13, 2015
P.S. I don't hold with Oscar Wilde on that one.
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The Absurdity of Personal Contact with Natural Beauty

wilderness1 May 6, 2015
In Wildness is the preservation of the world.
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How Beauty Fits

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The most fashionable and defensible position on aesthetics is to maintain that beauty is entirely subjective. Beauty doesn’t exist, we are assured, at least as a quality uniting such diverse phenomena as a painting, a comfortable old house, a song,…
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The Tractor, the Nuts, and The Things They Buried: A Dispatch

Stude58TSpuWhite8 April 29, 2015
I allow myself a brief transgendered wish.
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Conversations with Bronze Age Warlords

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Pop quiz: What ancient Greek legend begins with the kidnapping of Helen of Troy, and ends with Greeks sneaking into Troy inside a hollow wooden horse? If you said “The Iliad,” you’re wrong, as I discovered reading trying…
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Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

Ammonia April 15, 2015
If you're an eater uninterested in food, you've got a problem.
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Agricultural Potential, Real Wealth, and the Gold Gold Standard

babybirds1 April 8, 2015
Fattening the worms is the only real future in store for us.
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The Drama, the Dryer, and the Dingleberry at Dumb Ass: A Dyspatch

Golden Doodle April 1, 2015
I should have non-human clones of my own children, clones on whose meaningless lives I can practice parenting.
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The Low Standards of Norman Rockwell’s Critics

March 27, 2015
All too many people are entirely settled in their opinion that Norman Rockwell’s art presents a “falsification” of reality: in short, he is charged with utopianism. This opinion is false, but nearly universal. Now, as it happens, the most common…
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Beauty and the Beer Holder in the Built Environnment

Katedra2 March 25, 2015
Their offspring will be hideous three-eyed freaks.
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Game’s On!

ncaa-basketball-floor March 18, 2015
What’s wrong with the world, apparently, is that hypocrisy is no longer the venerable thing it once was.
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Poetry as Poison

feather March 11, 2015
It doesn’t matter which of our fantasies fail.
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Saving Church for Adults

Church service March 10, 2015
Grand Rapids, MI Recently, in a posting entitled “A Culture of Millstones,” Katharine Dalton has lamented the too-colorful language her children are exposed to in church – words like whore, prostitute, pole-dance, and sleeping around.  Apparently some pastors, four in…
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The Church Localversal Part 4: Oz

WizardofOz March 3, 2015
The water doesn't give a damn what you think.
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The Academy Awards as a Religious Experience

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The stylish crowd that walked the red carpet to the Oscars likely had not donned their Sunday best earlier in the day for a trip to church. Even so, the show still offered a look at religion as Hollywood sees…
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