Joseph Bottum is the former editor of First Things.

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A Bit of Rome

From First Thoughts
Just clicked through to read about something mentioned earlier : A 55-square-foot apartment is on sale in Rome for just over $69,000. 55 square feet. That’s 5’ by 11’. I mean, sure, . . . . Continue Reading »

Why Mahler?

From First Thoughts
Every time I think I might be wrong about the essential meaningless of most music criticism, I read stuff like this—a catalog by Philip Kennicott of some of the idiocies he found in Norman . . . . Continue Reading »