There’s No “We” in iWorld

Echoing Christine Rosen, Andrew Sullivan has a thoughtful article on the cult of the iPod. He wonders just how good for society is the isolation that comes with personal technology: Walk through any airport in the United States these days and you will see person after person gliding through the social ether as if on … Read more

DVD Roundup

For the sake of his damsel, every guy worth his salt must endure the “chick flick” (not to be confused with Chick tracts!) every once in a while. My most recent test of endurance involved the Nicholas Sparks tear jerker, The Notebook. Although my tears remained in their ducts, I found the film surprisingly enjoyable, … Read more

Naked and Not Ashamed

The quote of the week, from a story about “clothing optional” dining: “Wearing clothes and going to church does not protect you from moral evil,” Stafford said, lamenting what she saw as a tendency to demonize people just because they like to be naked. Well, it doesn’t protect you from moral evil, but it offers … Read more

Lenten Fish

As regular readers will note, I’m not Catholic, and neither do I observe Lent (although I know many Protestants who do). I grew up in heavily evangelicalized East Tennessee, where Lent was known as something that accumulated in one’s belly button. Since I moved to heavily-Catholic Louisville, I’ve been confronted with the vast number of … Read more

What’s in a Name?

If I were an enemy of the United Stated Navy and I heard that the USS Ronald Reagan was coming to get me, I’d be shaking in my boots. Run fer th’ hills! Somehow I don’t think the USS Jimmy Carter will evoke the same kind of response… UPDATE: The cartoon Day by Day has … Read more

The Content of the Gospel

David Wayne has an excellent post on just what is the Gospel. For our soundbite-laden culture, we’re often tempted to reduce the Gospel to elements that can easily be handled or transferred: When someone asks what the gospel is, they are asking a question that is a bit more dfficult than we may think. Typically, … Read more

Shameless. Simply Shameless.

I swore to myself I would never stoop to such a level, but stooped I have. I’m now in the running for a free Mac Mini computer. I saw that another was in need, so I helped out. It also helped that I was going to sign up for Blockbuster Online anyway (how else could … Read more

Around the ‘Sphere

A few places I’ve been surfing in the blogosphere: J. Mark Bertrand has a thoughtful post on wisdom. He notes: In the book of Proverbs, wisdom and folly are compared to archetypes of the feminine: the good girl and the bad. Folly is easy. She makes herself available. She throws herself at you and tells … Read more

Offbeat DVDs

It’s always a treat to watch films that are far from the Hollywood norm of formula films where the protagonist is: (1) faced with a problem, (2) sets out to solve it, (3) along the way falls in love with a girl who helps him with the problem, (4) in the case of a comedy–lies … Read more