Joseph Bottum is 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 »

How We Live Today

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Imagine an organization”a bowling league, say, formed by a group of people who get together simply because they like to bowl. And imagine that, over time, the demands and rewards of being the . . . . Continue Reading »