The Big Vacation with Girls

From First Thoughts

After speaking of the HBO series Girls and its brilliant stupidity, I received nothing but remarks about how following that show must be indicative of deep depravity on my part—even though I called the show crap in my title. In my post, I took the show seriously because I think what is not . . . . Continue Reading »

Remi Brague: The North American Tour 2012

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Remi Brague is no stranger to PomoCon and First Things readers. So it goes with saying that he is one of the most brilliant and knowledgeable thinkers and writers living today. His immense erudition, his intense study, and his mastery of Greek philosophy, as well as medieval Islamic, Jewish, and . . . . Continue Reading »

A Pomocon Persuasion?

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I took these words from a response to a fine post by Carl Scott, and decided to make them into a not so fine post of mine here— A long time ago Peter Lawler mentioned doing the most unconservative thing, i.e., writing some kind of postmodern conservative manifesto. It would at least help to . . . . Continue Reading »

Online Education and Guns

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So the Texas State Legislature is considering a law allowing conceal and carry of firearms on the campuses of public schools. Faculty, students, administration, and staff would be eligible to conceal and carry. If the law passes, I’m considering taking the license for myself, even though I . . . . Continue Reading »

Zero Dark Thirty

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In lieu of a review, here is  Michael Totten’s  case for seeing Zero Dark Thirty. His piece primarily addresses the controversy surrounding the movie’s depiction of the use of torture, and whether or not such practices led to actionable intelligence. While ZDT’s action . . . . Continue Reading »

Fiscal Rhapsody

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A bad poet visited me earlier this evening, and like a rhapsode, I have recorded his song. “Fiscal Cliff at Sunset in Galveston” Come you and I To a place, where looking upon this cliff— At that which would in its necessary counting we can’t See, but which could determine the . . . . Continue Reading »

Nothing to Say

From First Thoughts

So for some reason my YouTube is not working. I wanted to watch Fr. James Schall’s final lecture, but my computer won’t read it. It has nothing to do with my usual tastes because I was able to see Jurgen Habermas on the idea of ritual at the Berkley Center, but I couldn’t see Fr. . . . . Continue Reading »