Culture, High & Low

Haber-Bosch and Whom to Do

Ammonia April 15, 2015
Rock Island, IL Toward the end of my previous essay I said that, to anyone abstracted from health, wholeness, and true agricultural potential, money is the magic that conjures food. But by now almost all of us are abstracted from…
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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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On Dying Where You’re Planted: The Rooted Pastor

February 20, 2015
Manchester, CT I am grudgingly accepting that you don’t choose the place; the place chooses you. I’ve moved around a lot during my time on the planet, first as luggage, then as the guy with the luggage. But I’ve been sitting…
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The Church Localversal, Part I

Chesterton February 11, 2015
Well, duh!
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The Gauge, the Pump, and Energy Sufficiency

4.5 inch Process Gauge February 4, 2015
Efficiency is a false god.
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The Family Tree, Stripped

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A mainland Chinese student visited my office last week, asking for a letter of recommendation for his transfer to another university. It is hard to lose a student like this—enthusiastic and bright, the sort who sits on the front row…
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Prostitute@hire_ed.edu

billboard January 28, 2015
She lost it to a goat-like man.
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Orwell and Huxley, Together Again: ‘The Interview’ and our Culture of Distraction

635532898706495971-The-INterview-poster January 23, 2015
By now you’ve already forgotten last month’s most important celebrity cause, namely the embodiment of freedom of expression known as The Interview. Hollywood has too, of course. It’s so 2014. Even George Clooney, who briefly tried to rally the…
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