Tag: November

Loving Pain as Given: A Review of Heroes, a Dark Twist on the Grateful Acre

 

For B, and other youth whose grateful acres host, if not prairies, at least patchy meadows. And for Gary McVey.

It’s been a year since Will Arbery’s play, Heroes of the Fourth Turning, took the conservative Catholic blogosphere – or rather, that part able to see the play or a private script – by storm. Now the script is available to the public. I ordered my copy here. If you can afford to, read it. Theaters remain closed, but the theater of imagination richly rewards reading a play. Reading reveals motifs easy to miss when a play just happens to you in performance and you can’t revisit it. This review addresses unspoken pressures, like the prosperity gospel (which may not influence orthodox Christians’ theology, but can influence their social expectations), behind what conservatives speculate is Heroes’ demonic finale, the “We” who may, or may not be, Legion.

Only the GOP Can Stop the Left’s Radical Agenda

 

What we are seeing around the nation today is the opportunistic exploitation, by Black Lives Matter and Antifa, of a specific tragedy in order to push a radical agenda. The specific tragedy is an act of criminal police misconduct (alleged, but almost universally assumed, and for good reason) that led to the death of George Floyd. The radical agenda includes calls for an end to capitalism, an end to policing, an end to incarceration, and various other similarly preposterous “woke” nostrums.

What makes this situation unusual is the efficiency with which these radical organizations have leveraged a single outrage into a semi-coordinated national campaign. What makes this situation depressing and somewhat terrifying is the degree to which otherwise sensible-seeming people have rushed to embrace the self-destructive idiocy of these radical movements.

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The ‘staches are back! Movember is a charity raising money for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and the high incidence of mental health issues and suicide among men. I recently joined my company’s team in the cause and it got me thinking a bit about how we talk about men’s health. The news media, the chattering […]

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Recently, I have seen four movies about artificial intelligence. Ex Machina, the Machine, Automata and Her. I liked all four, but I could only recommend two because there is only so much time in the day. I think that this kind of selective elimination will become ever more present in our lives for two simple […]

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Today is the release of Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson’s latest novel in The Stormlight Archive. Since Amazon won’t be delivering my copy until (much) later in the day*, I have some time to write about what makes a Sanderson novel so novel and why he has become one of my favorite authors. But first, a bit […]

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The first snow of November, as the light begins to fail. “One must have a mind of winter / To regard the frost and the boughs / Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; // And have been cold a long time…” If I told the tale of how I became so fond of this poem, […]

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“Whenever It Is a Damp, Drizzly November in My Soul”

 

“Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately  stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off — then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I take quietly to the ship.”  — Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 1

Thus begins Ishmael on his doomed voyage on the Pequod — when his patience with the world has reached its limit, he retreats to the boundless oceans and departs from society for a time. Do you ever feel like “deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off?” Where do you take yourself?

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In Group Writing, Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own sake. Haven’t participated in Group Writing yet? We’d love for […]

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Earth encounters heaven. In the smelly barnyard, the filthy-yet-innocent beasts meet God. The mother is called blessed, whose viscera – whose guts – were worthy to bear the Christ child. The Christmas responsorial “O Magnum Mysterium” depicts a moment when the sheer carnality of biological life encounters the transcendent God: Preview Open

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I grew up in Baptist churches in metro Atlanta.  Some of them were Southern Baptist, and some were Independent Baptist.  Now, I’m not sure “Independent Baptist” is a denomination per se, but rather a church that did not participate in the Southern Baptist Convention.  The how’s and why’s go beyond the scope of this post, […]

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