Category Archives: Being Human

From “The Wire” to Ferguson

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David Simon, the creator of The Wire (say that in hushed tones), wrote this before Missouri authorities revealed the identity of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. It reinforces the point that police and law enforcement professionals bear an enormous responsibility for the health of race relations in the U.S. But Simon also… Read More→

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Degrees of Pain

Six Degrees of Separation

Ligon Duncan links to a piece by Bryan Loritts on his reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown. Loritts explains why others need to hear him about his pain: If you sense exasperation from we African-American’s over yet another news story of a black man slain at the hands of a white man, this is… Read More→

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Why Sex and Candor Don’t Mix


H. L. Mencken weighs in: In the relations between the sexes all beauty is founded upon romance, all romance is founded upon mystery, and all mystery is founded upon ignorance, or, failing that, upon the deliberate denial of the known truth. To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anaesthesia—to… Read More→

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Ann Coulter Is Not Sexy But She May Have a Point


The right’s answer to Bill Maher, the lovely, the talented, Ann Coulter seems to have touched a nerve with her post about Dr. Kent Brantly, the physician who contracted Ebola in Liberia and is now (after being evacuated) receiving treatment in Atlanta. Ann thinks the $2 million spent on the Dr.’s medically air-tight flight will… Read More→

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Evangelicals Are So Sexy

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(Thanks to Alice Kinnon from Whit Stillman’s Last Days of Disco) I cannot recommend sufficiently highly the interview that Ken Myers did sometime back with Robbie George about his book on marriage. The missus and I listened to it (again for me) over the weekend and I started to wonder what kind of instruction the… Read More→

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Machen Day (on the Julian Calendar almost)


Celebrations of Machen’s birthday (July 28, 1881) took me to an undisclosed location where Internet access was impossible. In the spirit of jaywalking, limited government, and Reformed theology, here is Machen on friendship: Now I know perfectly well that friendships cannot be made to order — it is far too subtle a thing for that:… Read More→

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Of Secular Novels, Governments, and Drinks


Amy Julia Becker recommends secular novels to Christians. Among the reasons she gives are these: The earnest and bleak atheist world-view provided by Camus in The Plague challenges any trite answers we might want to offer to the problem of suffering. The searing portrait of pain and loss that makes up much of the southern… Read More→

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Pagan Virtue or Angel Unawares?


I wonder if the w-wists out there have considered how much travelers to foreign countries need to trust people with the wrong w-w (only two exist, right?). Of course, back in the States we depend on pagans to drive on the right (spatially and legally) side of the road, give us correct change (not for… Read More→

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Does Christianity Make Me Less Human?


I finished a seminar yesterday on the Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk. I presented to class his speech upon receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature (2006). (In addition to being a great writer, Pamuk is great for thinking about differences between East and West, secularism and religion, political Islam and secular Turkey, by the way,… Read More→

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Before Garrison Keillor, H. L. Mencken

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In honor of Keillor’s line about non-smokers living longer and dumber, here’s an early review by Mencken on the benefits of alcohol (the inflamed may want to avert their eyes): Dr. Williams’s proofs that total abstinence is necessary to extreme longevity are convincing without being impressive. Before the human race will accept the conclusions he… Read More→

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