It’s Thursday—that day that is, for some reason, not a Friday, but which will sometimes let you bumble along believing it to be a Friday until about 3:00 in the afternoon. I am, of course, not speaking from experience. Anyway, here’s what we have for you to read:

At Postmodern Conservative , Pete Spiliakos talks about what’s wrong with Republicans .

Maureen Mullarkey points us toward what’s right with today’s art .

Peter Leithart , still steadily chewing through this book , talks about what’s wrong with Martin Buber and Plato . Meanwhile, author Kevin Hector drops by to tell us what’s wrong with essentialist-correspondentist metaphysics .

And, finally, Russell E. Saltzman talks about Dives, Lazarus and ourselves ; while Michael W. Hannon is reading Foucault .

As an aside: I got pretty confused while reading Saltzman’s piece, because I distinctly remembered Dives attacking Lazarus with dogs and such, something present nowhere in the Saltzman’s version of the tale.

It turned out I was thinking of the English folk song, “Dives and Lazarus,” which embellishes somewhat on the original story. You can hear it here , as arranged by Gustav Holst; or you can listen to Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus here . (The tune is also familiar as “I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say” and “The Star of the County Down.” )

Anyway, initially I gathered up this music as a “weekend listening” kind of thing, but then it turned out it was Thursday. So it’s your Thursday listening. Is that better or worse?

Articles by B. D. McClay

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